Winter is just around the corner and you’ve probably already begun the winterization around your house. You’ve drained the underground sprinklers, cleaned the air filter in the furnace and protected any outdoor vegetation from the impending winter weather. But what about winterizing the inside of the house? Protecting your flooring may be an afterthought for some people, but it is very important to ensure that you don’t allow them to be damaged from snow and salt that may be tracked into your house.
The first thing that you should do to make sure the floors stay clear of damaging materials is to invest in a good floor mat for all entryways. This mat will collect a lot of the excess moisture and salt from your shoes-and hopefully encourage guests to remove their shoes before stepping onto the carpet pr other flooring.
Since it is inevitable to keep all salt, dirt and any other particles off of the floor, you should vacuum, sweep and mop once a week. This will help to prevent any left behind particles to become imbedded into the carpet or cause damage to a hardwood or laminate floor finish. If you see salt on the floor, you should clean it up immediately. If you see salt that has already dried to the floor, spray it with a mixture of one part water and one part vinegar. Allow the stain to soak for a few minutes before mopping it up.