Bay Area Winter Hardwood Floor Maintenance

It’s time to buckle down for the chilly winter months. Whether you need extensive floor refinishing, or you just want to paint or clean up your hardwood floors from the grit and gunk of summer, here are several tips.

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First of all, understand the challenges posed by your local environment. Here in Northern California, winters are pretty mild. But changing humidity conditions can play havoc on many types of wood floors. Specifically, humidity can cause wood to expand and shrink, flexing and damaging it. Use a combination of dehumidification and humidification to keep the ambient moisture level at a safe level.

Here in the Bay Area, we may not get much slush and snow and ice. But life can certainly get messy in the winter with all of the rain we get. To that end, protect your wood floors by laying out floor mats, teaching your pets and kids proper wiping technique, and asking visitors to remove their shoes at the door. Try having a few pairs of slipper socks set aside so guests feel more comfortable.

Pre-Scheduled Hardwood Floor Refinishing or Repair

Create a systematic process to keep your floors cleaned and treated. Write down a schedule that outlines how and when you will clean your floors and carpets. That may sound like overkill. But creating such a schedule can actually save you a lot of work. For instance, let’s say you plan to sweep your floors once a week and get them professionally treated once a quarter. That’s a doable plan. You can then alter that schedule based on your energy level, preferences, budget, aesthetic needs, etc. But at least you’ll have a system, so you won’t have to rethink your cleaning needs from scratch every time.

Are your hardwood floors under warranty? If so, depending on who installed the floors and what products you’ve used, you may be entitled to get a rebate for damage or wear and tear.

Connect with an experienced hardwood floors maintenance company that you can trust. The Elegant Floors team can deliver awesome work that can extend the life of your floors and keep them beautiful. Find more about our skills and background here at, or call us to schedule a free and thorough estimate: 408-773-8624 or 650-961-1339.

Repairing Your Hardwood Floors for Winter