Maintaining floors during winter can be a challenge. Whether you have carpet, vinyl, laminate, or hardwood flooring, slush, rain, and mud during winter can get dragged into the house. To ensure things do not get out of hand, here are some tips that you can follow to keep your flooring in prime condition this winter.
Use Floor Mats at Entrances
One of the simplest yet effective ways to prevent floor damage is having mats at your main entrance. This will prevent moisture from entering through your exterior doors or at your home entrance. If you have a wood floor, opt for mats with a solid, non-slip backing that will not cause scratching or discoloration. Look for mats with absorbent or coarse fibers that trap moisture and dirt particles. To get the most out of your door mats, clean them regularly. Before cleaning mats with a solution of lukewarm water and mild dish soap, thoroughly shake them to get rid of dust and dirt particles accumulated in different areas. Never leave a wet mat on your wood flooring if it doesn’t have a waterproof backing, as this could cause serious damage to the planks.
Take Your Shoes Off
Another simple form of protecting your floors that many flooring companies in Rohnert Park advise their customers is taking your shoes off before going into the house. The typical dirt, water, snow, and/or mud that comes in from the winter weather is most often on your shoes so taking them off at the door is an easy way to keep it from happening. Keeping a towel or cloth at the doorway to wipe pet paws before they trudge into the house can also help keep that weather’s messes from entering the home.
Get Rid of Spills and Puddles Immediately
The longer the delay in wiping spills and puddles that happen in the entry, the more difficult it can be for you to clean them thoroughly, and in the case of hardwood or laminate it can cause irreversible damage. To prevent spills from transforming into stubborn stains or causing damage, clean them immediately. To ensure cleaning your entrance and exit quickly and efficiently, try to keep a dry mop, towel, or a clean
cloth near the doorways if you expect water or snow to find its way to your entry flooring so you can wipe them up right away.
Use the Right Cleaning Equipment
Investing in a good quality dry mop that utilizes microfibers or a soft cloth to pick up dirt. If using a vacuum, make sure the beater bar can be adjusted to the appropriate height of your carpet or stopped for hard surface floors to pick up debris and dirt particles to avoid scratching or damaging your floors. When using spray cleaners, remember to go through your flooring manufacturer’s suggested and/or approved cleaners for your type of flooring.
Try to follow these easy tips, and your floor will thank you for taking good care of it. At Rugworks, we care for your floors. We are a trusted flooring company in Rohnert Park. From solid and engineered hardwood to resilient floors, we offer a wide range of flooring products and solutions. Call us at 707-584-7847 in Rohnert Park or 707-935-0648 in Sonoma.