You’re the host with the most and this year, so you’re expected to entertain many guests. Your in-laws are coming, your friends plan to stop by, and all you can think about is keeping your house looking beautiful with all the foot traffic.
You need to get your floors ready for the holidays!
Your floors are the first thing your guests will notice. If they’re dirty, your guests will cringe subtly behind their festive smiles. If they’re clean, your guests will admire your stunning décor and beautiful home.
Give Your Floors a Deep Clean
Not only do you want your floors to look great when your guests arrive, but you also want them to look great after they leave. By giving your floors a deep clean before guests walk through your door you can protect them from scratches. Sometimes, when dirt and debris builds up on the flooring it can cause scrapes when something like a chair leg is dragged across the floor. Get into those hard to reach places and move some things around. A deep clean will remove that damage-causing layer of dirt.
You can find a cleaner specific for laminate floors at your local store, or use a natural mixture of one parts vinegar, 3 parts water!
Lay Down a Few Extra Rugs
Mats work well in hallways, entryways, and around the kitchen. The mats not only add cozy decor, they also prevent against damage from spills and scuffs.
Laminate flooring is incredibly durable, but, like any material, it is still at risk for damage with more usage. When an influx in traffic puts your floors to the test, using mats or carpets can help ensure that your floors stay in tip-top shape.
Add Felt Pads Under Your Furniture
Your guests will be sliding into and away from your dining room table. They’ll plop down on the sofa after a delicious meal. Every time they move around on your furniture, your furniture might move. Keep your floors safe from scratches from the sliding of your furniture with felt pads. If your furniture didn’t come with protective pads you can buy felt from your drugstore and superglue it to the bottom of your chairs and couch.
Touch Up Scratches with Repair Kits
Scratches might occur and when they do, there is a solution. Use a color-matched pen or repair kit to hide your scratches and scuffs before they get worse. Have this on hand so that if damage does occur, you can quickly hide the blemishes and get your floors looking like new again.
You may feel nervous about guests coming over this holiday season and ruining your new floor. By following these very simple tips, you should be in good shape to receive guests into your home. So, relax! Enjoy your time with your family and friends!
*This post was updated from 2014 to give you a better reading experience and better tips on how to keep your floor looking good this holiday season!