Protecting Your Floors In Winter

Protect Your Floors from Rain, Mud, and Snow

It's been a long hard winter here in Oklahoma. There has been snow and sleet and rain. Very unlike what it normally is. I have had to watch these hardwood floors to make sure they don't get damaged by what we track in.

Luckily the chance of snow is greatly diminishing as winter bids its final adieu, however the old saying goes “April Showers Bring May Flowers.” Rain and mud can easily be brought into your home as we prepare for a warmer season, and when precautions aren’t followed, flooring can become damaged and even unfixable.

However, with a few simple precautions you can keep your flooring safe from whatever Mother Nature throws your way:
  • Use outdoor/ indoor mats at every exit and entrance. Encourage guests to clean their shoes before entering your house. To protect your floors even further, invest in a scrub brush that is intended to be used for shoes. It’s often a good idea to encourage your guests to remove their shoes before even entering your house.
  • Use a soft or absorbent mat in doors to catch any outside moisture or debris. This will ensure no water touches your floor, which is especially important for hardwood flooring.
  • Should water or mud get on your floor, wipe it immediately. Standing water can leave damage to your floor that is often permanent.
  • Keep a towel near the door to clean pet’s paws. Pets can bring in a lot of outside yuck that can cause damage to your floors, and give you a giant headache.
  • Regularly vacuum carpets to remove any debris or dirt that did get brought in.

    If you follow these precautions, you can make sure your floors look as pretty as ever during spring, when flowers are blooming and sunshine makes it all just a memory.

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  2. Oops, I made a mistake!

    Thanks for the good advice. You've reminded me I need a new outside doormat!

  3. Brenda, I have one sister who always removes her shoes. I want to get a basket of little slip on socks for people to put on. I think if we would help to have a bench just inside the door with something to slip on, more people would remove their actually would be better than tracking in all kinds of dirt. I have a rug outside the door and inside the door.. Hoping it helps. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

  4. I try to be so careful about my shoes. We don't have the snow issue, but we do have rain.


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