If you live in an area that has winter weather, then you are most likely aware of the winter mess that comes along with it. With winter comes snow, then between thawing and more snow, there can get to be quite a bit of slush and mud outside. Keeping the mud on the outside is the real struggle! No to mention all of the salt and ice melt.
Below is a list of steps you can take to keep your floors clean during the muddy winter season.
1. Use walk-off mats outside
Get a sturdy mat for both outside your entry doors and inside. Good outdoor doormats will not hold onto moisture (think moldy mildew), but they will act as your first line of defense for keeping out mud and muck.
2. Put doormats inside, too
Some moisture is bound to get in. Keeping another doormat inside the door for wet or snowy boots is a great way to keep the moisture from tracking into your whole house.
Look around at a home goods store for hard plastic boot trays. They give you a great place to leave wet shoes to dry.
If you use a fabric or carpeted area rug, be sure that you don’t let those wet mats sit on your floor for too long. Once boots are dry enough to move, pick up wet mats and allow them to dry somewhere off the floor, if possible.
3. Vacuum the salt
Salt is about to line the streets. Don’t let it line your floors! Road salt can scratch even the toughest of hardwood finishes. Our suggestion? Sweep or vacuum the salt often.
Be cautious when using “Swiffer” type dusters; grains of salt can get trapped under the head of the Swiffer and too much pressure can add to the scratching.
4. Use the right cleaner
Get a strong floor cleaner for hard surfaces. This time of year, even with the best efforts, you can see spotting on ceramic, hardwood, luxury vinyl tile, etc. A good spot cleaner will allow you to easily keep floors looking great in-between deep cleans.
This most effective thing you can do to keep the mess outside of the house is remove your shoes, as hard of a habit it may be. Make sure to vacuum more often in the winter, and once you make it past the mud season be sure to have your carpet cleaned by a qualified professional. Be sure to check back with Clean Advisor regularly more more home cleaning articles!