How to maintain your hardwood floors during the holidays

Posted: November 22, 2023

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8 Ways to Protect your Hardwood Floors During the Holidays

Author – Ryan Palma Owner/CEO Sustainable Lumber Co.

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and gatherings with friends and family. However, with the festivities come increased foot traffic, potential spills, and the risk of scratches on your beautiful hardwood floor. With a bit of proactive care and some handy tips on how to protect your hardwood floors, you can ensure that they remain pristine throughout the busy holiday season.

1. Welcome Mats and Area Rugs:

Placing welcome mats at entry points and strategic area rugs in high-traffic zones can significantly reduce the amount of dirt and debris that make their way onto your hardwood floors. This is a protective measure that will protect your hardwood floors while adding a touch of festive decor to your home.

2. Furniture Pads and Protectors:

As guests come and go, the constant movement of furniture can pose a threat to your hardwood floors. Attached felt pads or furniture protectors to the legs of chairs, tables, and any other furniture to prevent scratches caused by shifting or dragging.

3. Regular sweeping and Dusting: 

Keep a consistent cleaning routine during the holiday season. One of the best ways to protect your hardwood floors is through regular sweeping and dusting. It helps remove dirt and grit that can act like sandpaper on your floors. Invest in a soft bristle broom or a microfiber dust mop for effective cleaning without causing any scratches.

4. Avoid High Heels:

Encourage guest to leave their high heels at the door or provide a designated area for shoe removal. High heels can cause dents and scratches on hardwood floors, and minimizing their use indoors can go a long way in preserving your floor’s finish.

5. Quick Response to Spills:

Accidents happen, especially during lively holiday gatherings. Another way to protect your hardwood floors is to be prepared to tackle spills promptly. This will prevent any potential damage to your hardwood floors. Keep a stash of clean dry towels or cloths nearby to wipe away spills immediately.

6. Use Area Rugs in High-Risk Areas:

For areas where spills are more likely, such as the dining room or around the Christmas tree, consider placing area rugs for an extra layer of protection. Not only do they shield your floors, but they also add a cozy place to sit.

7. Gentle Cleaning Products:

When it comes to cleaning your hardwood floors, always choose a cleaner specifically for hardwood flooring. Avoid harsh chemicals that can strip away the finish or leave a residue. Consult your flooring manufacturer’s guidelines for recommended cleaning products.

8. Regular Floor Inspections:

Take a moment to inspect your hardwood floors regularly, especially during the holiday season. Look for any signs of wear, scratches, or damage. Addressing issues promptly can protect your hardwood floors and prevent the issues from escalating and becoming more challenging to fix.


By incorporating these simple yet effective strategies to protect your hardwood floors into your holiday routine, you can enjoy the festivities without worrying about the toll it may take on your flooring. Remember, a little preventive maintenance and timely care can go a long way in maintaining the timeless beauty of your hardwood flooring throughout the busy holiday season and beyond. But most importantly, enjoy this special time with your friends and family. For round-the-year care, consider UV protection for your hardwood floors, and check out our blog on maintenance.

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