Summer is a time for cookouts, yard work, and pool parties—and while those activities may seem fun for you and your family, they can be hard on your home’s floors. The extra dirt, mud, and water that people track in along with the extra hours of bright sunlight can quickly weather and age your home’s floors. If you don’t give your floors—especially hardwood floors—the proper care and protection they need, they can warp, fade, or scuff. Make sure you try these different ways to protect your floors this summer to avoid ruining your beautiful flooring material.
Place Indoor/Outdoor Rugs Near Entryways
The areas of your home with the highest potential for dirty floors are the entryways with the most traffic. Stop dirt before it enters your house by placing rugs or doormats directly outside and inside your doors. The rugs outside will keep larger debris from reaching your floors, while the interior rugs will protect the floor from water or remaining residue.
Rugs are easy to clean, and they can handle heavy indoor-outdoor traffic better than the floor can on its own. You’ll also keep your entryway looking beautiful with the right choice of rug that fits your home’s design.
Be Wary of How Much Sunlight Hits Your Floor
Too much sunlight and the heat that comes with it can be catastrophic for your choice of flooring material. Completely avoiding all sunlight is impossible, but limiting your flooring’s exposure to the sun with pulled curtains or shades can keep it looking new for longer. Carpet and hardwood floors can fade or discolor due to UV rays—even if the hardwood floor has a finish.
Keep the Humidity Down
In some areas, summer heat is also humid heat. If you don’t have a dehumidifier or an air conditioner to keep the humidity down, it can cause your hardwood floors to expand and warp. Humidity levels that are too low may also dry out the house, making hardwood floors contract. Keep the humidity between 30 and 50% if you want your hardwood to stay healthy.
Keep Water in the Pool
If your home has a pool, you’ve likely run into situations where children ran into the home soaking wet and dripped pool water all over your nice floors. Since pool water has chemicals mixed in, it can be especially harmful for your floors. Lay outdoor waterproof rugs along the walkway between your pool and your doorway to give swimmers’ feet a chance to dry off. Do your best to communicate that everyone must dry off before coming inside and bringing pool water onto your floors and furniture.
As we mentioned, rugs are easy ways to protect your floors this summer and during every other season of the year. Koeckritz Rugs specializes in creating durable, custom-size area rugs for your home’s interior or exterior, perfect for keeping your floors safe from harm. Peruse our inventory today to pick out new armor for your beautiful flooring.