Winter is officially here! Winter brings out snowmen, sledding, and all the ice and snow that comes with it. That snow and ice also comes into your house, leaving you with water puddles, mud, and gravel all over your floors. Floors you’ve invested a great deal of money (and effort) in to keep them looking great. So how do you can you keep your wood floors, tile, laminate, and carpet looking great in spite of the grime that comes with winter?
Put down rugs.
Rugs are a must for protecting your floors. Place rugs by all your doors and in high-traffic areas of your home to protect the flooring underneath.
Clean off your pets’ paws when they come in.
Keep a towel by the door so you can intercept your pets when they come in from outside. Wipe off their paws so you can avoid muddy tracks, and keep all the water and stones off your floor.
Have your family (and your guests) leave their shoes at the door.
If you don’t want to clean up the debris and puddles, don’t let it come in. Ask your family members and guests to take off their shoes when they enter your home.
Don’t hang up wet clothes over your wood floor.
When taking off snow pants, mittens, hats, scarves, and jackets after heading out into the snow, hang up your wet snow clothes in an area with tile or vinyl flooring (floors that don’t warp from water). If the only are you have for hanging clothes has laminate or wood flooring, put a mat over the floor to prevent water damage.
Sweep or dry mop your floors daily.
If you can’t tackle this task daily, try to get to it as often as you can or include it on the list of cleaning tasks you leave for your home cleaner. Sweeping allows you to remove the gravel and debris that was tracked in off your floors, reducing the chance for damage to your floor.
Make vacuuming a habit.
Vacuuming your carpet has the same effect that sweeping has on your wood floor. Vacuuming removes the debris that gets trapped in the fibers from regular foot traffic.
Schedule a regular deep clean to clean off the grime.
If you don’t have time to follow all these floor cleaning tips, contact a cleaning service for a free quote. Cleaning services do whatever cleaning tasks you request on a schedule you specify—keeping your home clean and your floors looking like they never had to deal with snow and mud of winter.