5 Tips to Keep Floors Clean During Winter

If you are a homeowner, you are aware of the struggle during the winter months to keep a clean floor. With all of the snow, salt, and sludge that come along with the colder months, it is difficult to constantly keep your flooring looking its best. Keeping your floor free of winter elements is very important though. Not only are dirty floors unsightly, but winter elements such as salt can damage your floors if not routinely cleaned up. To ensure that your floors remain in tip-top shape and will last for years to come, follow our five tips to keep floors clean during winter.

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1. Use Floor Mats

The easiest way to protect the flooring in your home is to buy thick, quality floor mats for the outside of your door as well as for the entryway. This will ensure that outside moisture is not tracked throughout the rest of your home. If you are tracking in a lot of moisture onto these rugs, make sure you hang them up to dry every so often so that built up moisture does not ruin the flooring underneath. 

2. Boots Off

After trudging through the winter sludge, the last thing you want to do is walk along your flooring without taking off your boots. Look into plastic boot trays for your entrance ways. These are a great place to keep wet boots and will ensure that no water gets outside of the tray, keeping your floors dry. Encourage your guests to remove their shoes as well before stepping onto the flooring.

3. Remove the Salt

With all of the salt that lines the street during the winter months, you are bound to tread salt into your home. The problem with getting salt on your flooring is that it can cause serious damage including scratches, discoloration, and ultimately break down the finish on your flooring. The best way to ensure salt does not damage your flooring is to either sweep or vacuum the salt as often as you can. 

Tips to keep floors clean during winter

4. Clean Puddles Right Away

When coming into your home, you are bound to bring in puddles from the melted snow. The best way to keep floors clean during winter is to dry the moisture and puddles from your floor right away. Letting the water sit and seep into the floors can cause warping, discoloration, or stains, all things that you want to avoid. Not to mention, cleaning these puddles up right away will prevent any slipping or falling hazards as well. Taking the small amount of time to clean the puddles as they occur will save you the additional time and money that will have to go into fixing or replacing the damaged flooring. 

5. Get the Proper Cleaning Supplies

Purchasing heavy duty floor cleaner will ensure that any salt stains, mud, or sludge that is brought into your home will be cleaned correctly the first time. A quality floor cleaner will get the toughest marks out and will keep your floor looking great in between each clean. For any questions about properly cleaning your floors, give your local flooring company a call and they will be able to answer any flooring questions you may have. 

We hope that with these five tips to keep floors clean during winter, you can rest assured knowing that your flooring will not suffer any damage this winter. If you have any questions about protecting your flooring or have any flooring questions in general, you can contact Vonderheide Floor Coverings Co. here. Vonderheide is a locally owned and operated flooring company in the Peoria, IL area that always puts the customer as number one priority. To view any of our flooring options, you can visit us here. We look forward to helping you with all of your flooring needs!

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