It’s the time of year for family gatherings, and if you’re lucky enough, you get to host everyone at your home this year! As the snowiest and muddiest time of the year, it’s important to keep your flooring in mind! You’ve bought the turkey, you’ve decorated the table, but have you taken the time to protect your flooring? Here are 5 ways to ensure your flooring survives the holidays in the same condition they entered them in!
1. Invest in Door Mats.
When it comes to potential risks to your floors, two of the main hazards are dirt and debris. By placing doormats outside AND inside each entrance, you can cut down on the amount of grit that is tracked into your home, potentially causing scratches.
2. No Shoes in the House!
Ask your guests to remove their shoes upon entering your house. This might be hard if you have a large family, or are hosting a large gathering. By placing a large and dark area rug near the entrance, you can give your guests a place to put their shoes. This will prevent outside elements from coming into contact with your floors.
3. Clip your Pet’s Nails.
If you have pets, make sure you trim their nails prior to any gathering that you’re hosting. Your pets can get very nervous or excited when company arrives, which could lead to scratches or tears on your floor.
4. Stay on Top of Cleaning.
With all the entering and exiting of guests, even with proper precautions, dirt and debris is bound to make its way into your home. Regular cleaning, especially after an event, will help to avoid dirt scratching your floors or permanently embedding itself into your rugs or carpet.
5. Rugs are your New Best Friend.
Utilize area rugs and runners in key high traffic areas in your home. Hallways and dining rooms are common areas that could benefit from a protective rug. Remember to use rugs with a natural backing (like felt) as rubber-backed rugs can cause discoloration on the floor’s surface.
We hope these tips will help you prepare for the holiday season! If you take these precautions, you’ll have more time to spend enjoying time with family and friends and less time spent worrying about your floors!