Holiday decorating is merry and bright but can also wreak havoc on your home! Parties and festive decorating can take a toll on the surfaces in your home, but these tips can help minimize any damage!
1.Protect your Flooring
A no-shoes policy in your home will protect your flooring from snow, ice, and salt tracked in on shoes. High-heeled shoes can also leave tiny dents in the floor.
Try not to drag any decorations, especially a metal Christmas tree stand across your wood floors. Doing this can scratch up your flooring or leave small dents where heavy objects were dragged. If you are moving any furniture to accommodate holiday decorations or guests, try to have someone help you pick up the pieces to move them rather than push them across the floor.
Keep a protective pad or mat underneath a Christmas tree, particularly a live tree that you will be watering. Water easily damages hardwood floors, plus live pine trees end to drip sap which is sticky and hard to remove from hardwoods or carpet.
Have a plan in place for cleaning up fallen pine needles from live trees. Plan to sweep or vacuum around the tree at least once a day to prevent needles from being dragged all over your house.
2. Safeguard Your Mantel
Fireplace mantels are usually wooden and can be scratched or damaged by holiday decorations. Nailing stockings to them is a bad idea, use a decorative stocking hook instead. Make sure any heavy objects are properly balanced on the mantel, these items could fall off and hurt someone, break, or dent the flooring beneath them.
3. Protect Your Banisters
Greenery or holiday lights are lovely when wrapped around a banister, but can damage the banister when nails are used to secure them. Wrap garlands or lights securely but not too tightly to prevent damage. Tape and other fasteners can leave sticky residue or difficult to remove from banisters, test a piece of the tape you plan to use in an inconspicuous area to be sure it won’t cause damage. Use clear tape or fasteners when possible since anything colored can transfer to the wood.
It’s a very festive season, and it’s almost coming to an end. The decorations that have been hung, placed, or tacked on to walls will show the potential damage they have done after they come down. Keep your walls and floors protected following our tips so that it still looks as grand before and after the season is over!
Messed Up Mantels
Decorated fireplace mantels are like the centerpiece of the home-the décolleté if you will. Because most mantels are made of wood, they’re also susceptible to a lot of damage. Nails used to hang stocking or other seasonal decorations can leave sizable holes especially if your decorations are slightly heavy. Instead of causing noticeable damage, use weighted hooks. Many come in very decorative styles too.
Scary Staircase Railing
If you have a hardwood staircase, there are two important things you must do to avoid damage: no shoes, and no nails! Shoes can track in dirt that gets ground into the wood, high heels leave impressions on the stairs, and hands full of sticky residue from holiday sweets can set the stage for a host of irreparable damage and stains. Remind guests to take their shoes off before they walk through your home, especially if they will be going up and down stairs. Also, consider using removable tape to hang garland or wrap your stair railing with ribbon and garland instead to avoid nasty holes from nails.
Haggard Hardwood Floors
Like we said, it’s not rude to ask your guests to take their shoes off before walking through your home. The damage shoes make to your floors, especially if the weather takes a turn for the worse, is nearly impossible to repair. The salt that protects us from ice and snow is tragic on floors, so do your best to keep your foyer as clean as possible to avoid damage in front of your front door as well.
After the holidays, you’ll most likely want to bring that Christmas tree down and either store it if it’s fake, or toss it if it’s real. In either case, don’t drag the Christmas tree, regardless of how heavy it is. This can scratch up the finish on your floors and leave it dull.
Deck your halls and express your Christmas Spirit any way you wish! Just be sure to keep in mind your furniture, mantel, staircase, and floors should be taken care of before and after the season is over.
If your wood has been damaged (or tile, or carpet) contact us to come in and give you an estimate for repair or replacement. We’ll come in January after all has settled down, and everything has been stored to help you bring that luster back into your home again!
What a wonderful time of year; the lights, the festivities, and all of the decorations, are probably our favorite parts if it all (including the sweets)! All faiths come together in this one month of celebration, and everyone celebrates with their own traditions, passed down from generation to generation. Yes, it’s a wonderful time of year, especially for Kruper Flooring!
You don’t have to spend a ton of money to bring good cheer to your home; there are many ways you can decorate and set an inviting tone to celebrate the month of holidays!
When friends and family arrive at your home, make your entryway festive and inviting. Decorate with holiday wreathes, garland, and lights with your favorite colors. Don’t be afraid to use what you may already have such as flower pots, or other decorative touches. Simply dress them to fit the occasion!
We know how easy it is to go overboard with décor, but when your guests walk in, you want them to drink it in slowly; not be hit by a wave of red and green. Keep the décor of your entryway/foyer simple and neat; maybe a simple garland, or festive pillows on a bench, and save the major decorations for larger spaces. Use festive plates to display snacks and feature a festive punch. If your guests are bringing children, use holiday themed gifts to keep them entertained so parents can relax.
People will naturally walk around with food and drinks, so take care to add extra coasters where needed, and be mindful of spills on your wood floors or carpet. Keeping cleaning supplies nearby will help negate stains. Also, if you feel bold, you may ask your guests to remove their shoes. Heels can do a lot of damage to a floor; if your guests are comfortable with taking their shoes off, you may want to have an area available for them to store their shoes until they leave.
If you haven’t thought if it yet, you may want to make sure the protective felt under the feet of your furniture is still intact, and if they’re worn down, make sure to replace them.
If damage has been done to your floors, or you planned to wait until after the party to have them replaced anyway, give us a call for a quote before you have the party. We can help you decide what you will do with your old floors, how to care for your not so old floors, and what new floors you should transition to. Yes, it is a great time of year! Enjoy the Holidays stress-free!
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