It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, folks! As the holidays approach so does the colder and wetter weather. So what does this potentially mean for your floors? All the ice, melting snow, salt and other components of winter weather can affect your floors if you’re not careful. However, there are ways to prevent the damage if you are diligent. Whether they’re brand new floors you recently had installed or they’re floors you’ve had for years (but want to keep pristine), there are ways to avoid unnecessary damage.
With these four simple steps, you can potentially avoid damage floors:
Put doormats and rugs at door way
Adding a simple doormat or a rug to each door way or lobby is a great way to keep all that winter weather outside. This is especially helpful if you have hardwood or linoleum in your home or residential space because they are more susceptible to water damage. It doesn’t matter if you purchase the doormat from your favorite store or if you contact our professional floor installation team to provide the rugs. As long as they’re durable and can withstand a lot of foot traffic, it’s a great way to keep all those outside elements outside.
Ask guests to wipe feet before entering
Though this might seem like a no brainer, asking guests to kindly wipe their feet on the entryway rugs or doormats can reduce the water, salt and other elements from entering the home or commercial space. You could do one better yet and ask them to remove their shoes before entering if you feel courageous. Though this might not be suitable for commercial spaces, it is a great idea for residential spaces.
Clean the floors frequently
Even though you put out doormats and wipe your feet before entering, weather elements can still get inside you home and cause a mess on your floors. Clean the floors before the salt gets too deep in the carpet fibers or the water warps the hardwoods. Keeping the floors clean avoids further damage. Though it might seem like a hassle to clean often, it’s a much better alternative than having to replace the floors because they’re too damaged and can’t be repaired.
Polish or deep clean before and after the winter season
Once the weather has passed and the warmer weather starts to creep back in the Nashville area, take some time to complete a deep clean of the floors. The salt and other grime that has been grounded in the carpet or hardwood will need to be extracted to keep the floors clean and shiny for years to come. Complete the cleaning during your annual spring clean or hire an outside company to complete a hot water extraction for your commercial carpet. Deep cleaning is key to keeping your floors perfect.
Keeping floors clean and adding area rugs are the best ways to avoid damage during the winter months. Have floors but thinking about upgrading? Give us a call to discuss your options on floor installation. We can install carpet, hardwood, linoleum and even acoustical ceiling. We make floor installation easy! For more information or a consultation, contact us today!