Fall is underway! As Edmonton recovers from a very wet and dreary summer, September and October have brought us sunny days with some welcome warmth before we prepare for our annual dip into winter weather. Seasoned residents will know that these precious days before the snow arrive are a crucial time to prepare your home for the challenges of the month ahead. While we often think of the “big” areas to take care of (furnaces, eaves troughs, yard prep, car maintenance and more), it can be easy to forget one of the most important aspects of winter preparation: floor care. Laminate floors are a great option for Alberta’s many seasons, and with the right care plan, you can keep them looking great all winter long. Learn how to prepare your laminate for winter below!
First Things First: Why Prep?
Even if your floors are brand new and in their prime, it’s important to remember why proper prep is important. Winter can be difficult on even the toughest of flooring due to the increased moisture, dirt, sand, grit, and temperature flux your planks and tiles are exposed to. Taking the time to give them a little TLC before, during, and after the season will extend the lifetime of your planks, saving you time and money in the long run.
Create A Timeline/Schedule
While laminate flooring requires minimal effort to maintain, implementing a routine will help you stay on top of things and ensure any dirt and grime are less likely to build up over time. Aim for a few minutes once a week both in the lead up and throughout the season and you’ll be surprised how much you accomplish!
Know Your Main Culprits
Despite being water resistant, puddles of water left behind by melted snow, as well as dirt, grime, gravel, sand, and other abrasive materials can wear on the seal of your flooring. Be diligent when entering and leaving, ideally removing your outdoor shoes and using a mat at entrance points to minimize the chance of tracking them inside.
Know When To Call For Help
If your laminate is on the older side and has begun to display signs of warping, peeling, cracking, or other issues, it’s best to have a professional take a look before the elements have a chance to do additional damage.
Want to learn more about caring for laminate floors? Contact Ashley Fine Floors today!