“April Showers bring May Flowers”, as the saying goes, and indeed we are leaving the cold days of winter behind as spring has sprung in full force. But as the rain falls you’ll want to take steps to protect your floors from the wet weather. Here are some tips from Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR to make sure your floors stay in great condition year-round.
Stop Dampness at the Door
The best way to make sure your floors aren’t damaged by water is to keep them from getting wet in the first place. To that end, designate an area at or near exterior doors where visitors can clean off their shoes. A simple doormat for people to wipe their feet, combined with a closet or shoe rack, will help your guests clean their shoes and leave any messes there. Additionally, a mudroom can be used for messier entrances – playing outside, working in the garden.
Regardless of preparations, you’ll probably end up with some water inside your home. The best way to deal with this is to clean up quickly to prevent any long-term damage. Floors such as laminate and hardwood have varying levels of water-resistance, any spills can simply be wiped up. Carpet may require a little more effort, but dabbing at the water spot with a towel should do the trick. A light, diluted detergent can be used if there is dirt in the area.
Use Rugs and Mats
As mentioned above, mats can be an excellent way to make sure people clean their feet before entering your house. Rugs can also be used to direct traffic. If your closet is down the hall from your door, a simple runner can be used to “lead” guests to the closet where they can drop off their coats and shoes to make themselves comfortable.
Keep these simple steps in mind, and soon any worries about rainy weather will simply be “water under the bridge”. Be sure to contact Floor Coverings International of Vancouver and Portland if you’re thinking of updating your flooring!
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