As with any rough winter, chances are your wood flooring are not in the best condition. People are entering your house with wet and salty boots causing your floors to become dirty quick, or in some cases damaged by the salt and snow. Keeping your wood floors clean is essential in making them last. Luckily, we have 3 very easy tips to consider to keep your wood floors in great shape!
1. Remove Dirty Shoes
Allow for one area to be designated for people to take their shoes off and leave them as they enter your house. A way to mark this area is to have an entry mat available near the door for people to set their shoes on. If you reduce the area exposed to snow and salt, you will have less of an area to spot clean. Maybe it’s time to give your entryway an affordable face lift and review functionality of your high traffic room to potentially improve it before the next winter season.
2. Touch It Up Daily
If you notice water, dirt, or grim in a specific area, wipe it up. If you wipe it up as it comes you will not allow for the water, dirt, or grim to buildup and damage the floors. When spot cleaning, use the cleaner that is best recommended for your type of floor. Keep in mind that some products for hardwood floors are not suitable for laminate flooring, and vice versa.
The product that we discovered will work great on all hard floor surfaces including: hardwood, laminate, vinyl, and ceramic floors. Bestlaminate tested & highly recommends you use Alloc Free & Clean universal floor cleaner.
Free & Clean is a easy-to-use universal cleaner for all hard nonporous surfaces. Free & Clean will not only leave your floor looking clean but will also fight off bacteria, fungus, and mold/ mildew. These benefits make Free & Clean a great protector for not only your flooring but also your family. Simply apply the undiluted solution to your surface and wipe with a cloth, mop, or sponge. This solution will not stain, streak, or smell. Alloc Cleaner is ideal for spot cleaning and comes with a convenient sprayer.
3. Thoroughly Clean Once A Week
As long as you follow the first two steps, completely cleaning your floors once a week should be enough to maintain them. When thoroughly cleaning the floors be sure to sweep and mop for tile, wood, vinyl, and laminate floors. Use a good quality, damp microfiber mop and avoid standing water of the surface of your floor. This may potentially damage your floor and lead to buckling.
If you follow these three steps the water, dirt, and grime will not build up in any spot on your floor; keeping it from warping breaking down, and molding. If you can prevent that from happening you are one step closer to maximizing your flooring’s life.
If you have your own tips how to keep your floors in great shape during the winter months please share it in the comments below!
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