Protecting Your Wood Surfaces from Winter Wear

As winter settles in, it’s important to take special care of your timber surfaces. With cold temperatures, fluctuating humidity and snow and rain, wood surfaces are particularly vulnerable to damage during this time. In order to guarantee the health and happiness of your timber, we recommend the following care tips.

Clean your wooden surfaces frequently: Regularly cleaning your wood surfaces to remove dust, dirt, and debris will keep them looking beautiful and prevent scratches and other damage. Use a soft microfibre cloth or duster to gently wipe down wood, avoiding harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can strip away finishes and damage the wood. Dry wood promptly to stop any moisture from settling in and potentially warping your timber.

Choose quality finishes that will shield and protect: Apply protective finishes to seal and safeguard wood surfaces from moisture, scratches, and stains. Follow the instructions on the tin and make sure that the formula is applied evenly and allowed to dry fully before exposing the wood to heavy use or moisture. Reapply as needed to maintain optimal protection throughout the winter season. Sadolin’s range of durable varnishes provide timber with the layer of protection they need to stay looking their best for years and years to come.

Leave boots and shoes at the door: Dirt, debris, and moisture accumulated on footwear—especially during the wet months—can scratch and dull the surface of wood flooring over time. By establishing a habit of removing outdoor footwear before entering the home, you’ll preserve the look of your flooring and minimise the need for constant cleaning and maintenance. This seemingly small gesture will not only help protect your precious timber floors, but it will promote a cleaner and healthier living environment for you and your family. If any moisture does make its way indoors, make sure to clean promptly.

Avoid the heat as much as possible: Protect wood surfaces from extreme temperature fluctuations, as rapid changes in temperature can cause wood to expand or contract, leading to cracking or warping. Avoid placing wooden furniture near heat sources such as radiators or fireplaces, and use coasters or trivets to shield surfaces from hot dishes or beverages.

Use an area rug: Area rugs are excellent ways to protect your wooden flooring from wear and tear while also bringing style and warmth to a space. They act as a barrier between foot traffic and the floor, minimising scratches, dents, and other damage caused by furniture or frequent movement. They also help absorb moisture and dirt particles, preventing them from settling directly onto the wooden surfaces and minimising the risk of staining/warping. By strategically placing area rugs in high-traffic areas or beneath heavy furniture, you can extend the lifespan of your wooden floor and maintain its natural beauty for years to come.

Maintain your timber: Schedule regular maintenance checks to inspect wood surfaces for signs of wear, damage, or deterioration. Address any issues promptly by cleaning, repairing, or refinishing as needed to prevent further damage and maintain the integrity of the wood. Sadolin offers a range of exceptional products to help ensure the longevity and vitality of your timber, whether outside or inside.

By incorporating the timber care steps above you can protect your wooden surfaces from winter wear and keep them beautiful and functional for years to come.  For everything you need to care for exterior or interior timber, call into your local Sadolin stockist today!

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