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8 Ways To Protect Wood Floors This Holiday Season

how to protect wood floors

How to protect wood floors with these 8 easy tips:

As another year comes and goes, the holidays approach rapidly. With holidays zooming towards you, there is so much to do and so little time to do it. With so much going on, not many people put much thought into how their floors will be affected this holiday season. Big presents can scratch your floors when pushed across the room, Aunt Jill’s high heels will scuff your floors as well. You can’t avoid the holidays altogether, but there are some precautions to ensure your wood floors stay looking their best, even after all of the festivities.

Regular Cleaning

Keeping your floors clean all the time is a great start to ensuring you keep your floors looking their best for as long as possible. Using your basic mopping solution will help seal your floors to avoid having them get scratched and scuffed. There is much debate out there regarding the proper cleaning solution for wood floors, but most agree, a damp mop (not a soaking one) with good old soap and water!


Doormats can be cute and useful. Holiday mats bring a cute festive touch to any room. Placing the mats near all entrances of the house will help control the amount of dirt that gets tracked through your home.

Trim Pet’s Nails

This may seem like a given, but pets nails can be a nightmare to not only your furniture but your hardwood floors as well. When the nails get too long, they’ll begin to scratch your floors any time the pet zooms across them. Trimming them yourself or getting them professionally cut are both great options.

Protect Wood Floors by Using Rugs

Much like doormats, rugs can protect large areas of your floors. Area rugs tie a room together while simultaneously giving great protection.

Take Off Your Shoes

Shoes can cause scratches and scuffs to wood flooring. Encouraging guests to take off their shoes will not only keep dirt from getting tracked through your home but will also preserve your floors from high heels or marking shoe soles.

Use Pads On Furniture

Keeping felt pads on the bottom of all your furniture will help keep your floors from being marked up. Any time a chair is pushed in, or a table is
moved ever so slightly, your floors are being scratched. Felt pads help furniture glide on flooring instead of dragging and scratching.

Waterproof Tree Stand

If you have a live Christmas tree in your home, make sure the stand is waterproof! Christmas tree stands can be known to leak water if they get too
old. This water leaking in a place you can’t notice it will cause the water to sit and warp your floors. Water is wood’s worst enemy!

Use A Protective Coating

Using a special solution to mop your floors will help keep them in tip-top shape. Many solutions will coat your floors to ensure they don’t get scratched or scuffed this holiday season.

It pays to be smart when it comes to how to protect wood floors, with proper care and maintenance they will last you a lifetime! Don’t let the hustle of the holiday season keep you from looking after your floors, with a few easy steps you can keep them looking brand new. Bay Tile Kitchen & Bath provides an amazing variety of hardwood flooring options as well as durable, wood-looking tile. We can install your product or ours. Call today with any questions.