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Winter is a time when we like to keep our homes warm and protect ourselves from the elements. But it’s also a time when we need to think about protecting our floors like carpets, hardwood floors etc. Rain, snow, dirt and salt can be a lethal combination that can create damage to floors, which is why it’s important to take certain preventative steps before and during the cold, winter months.

Always have thick outside mats at every entry points

It is important to remove excess water, snow, dirt and salt from the shoes before entering your home. And the obvious place to start is outside. Place a sturdy, robust mat at every entrance, as they will provide the first layer of protection for the flooring inside. A thick, absorbent mat will trap the worst of moisture, dirt, salt and mildew before it is brought inside.

Place thick welcome mats or doormats inside the house too

No matter how well your family members and guests wipe their feet before they enter your home, bringing some moisture, dirt and salt into your home will sometimes be unavoidable. It is therefore a good idea to place welcome mats or doormats at every exterior door including the front door, garage door and patio. Place a shoe rack or some type of shoe stand near each mat, so people are never forced to walk over your floors with dirty shoes on. And don’t allow damp mats to fester inside your home, as they will start to smell and potentially causing more problems than they solve.

Invest in a rubber mat for drying

Investing in a large rubber mat with sides and raised treads inside the mat is a good way to prevent causing puddles that come from melted snow of  boots and shoes. The shoes should go on these mats until they are dry. If the mats come with raised sides, it’s even better as these sides will contain the melted snow from spreading and you can even put a towel inside these mat for easy cleaning. Once the shoes are dry, you can bring them inside or place them in shoe closets or shoe racks.

Consider your pets specially dogs

Dogs can bring in snow, mud and dirt from outside, so put dog booties on their paws which not only protects them from elements and keeps them warm but also protects your floors. Wipe your dog’s feet before bringing them in. Clean your floors immediately when your dog’s paws leave a mark.

Always vacuum hardwood floors before mopping

If you notice mud, dirt or salt on your hardwood floors, you will probably would think of mopping. However, mopping over dirt or salt from snow could grind particles into the wood and cause permanent damage. If you see snow, water and dirt onto your wood floor, wait for it to dry, vacuum the area first before you start to clean with a mop.

Protect the finish of your hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are treated with special sealants and resins to protect them from scratching and water damage. But the salts used for melting snow and ice can wear away these coatings leaving the wood underneath vulnerable to damage. A mild solution of water and vinegar can be used to neutralize the alkalinity of melting salts and stop the damage of hardwood protective coatings before it starts. We always recommend that you should check with your floor’s manufacturer before applying any treatments.

Through a proper combination of prevention and maintenance, your carpets and hardwood floors will last long and protected in winters.

 

Vinyl flooring is a fantastic option for your home or business because of their durability & beautiful appearance. Since Vinyl flooring is waterproof and not just water-resistant, they are ideal and safe to use in kitchens and bathrooms.

Even though vinyl floors are highly resilient and offer superior resistant to moisture , but they still require cleaning and regular maintenance. Failing to do so can result in damage or aging floors that look dull. At Bay View Flooring, we recommend the following do’s and don’ts when it comes to your vinyl flooring care and maintenance:

Do’s:

  • Wipe up household spills as soon as possible. Although Vinyl flooring is resilient, any spills should be cleaned up ASAP. If any spill is left on the floor for a longer period time, it might risk staining your beautiful floor permanently.
  • Use a doormat to keep dirt out. This keeps the dirt off of the floor which can reduce the shine of the Vinyl flooring
  • Always using furniture pads and flooring protectors to safeguard your flooring from damaging furniture.
  • Rinse the floor well to remove all the soap or any flooring cleaning products.
  • Wash your floor occasionally with a floor cleaner. Try to use a floor cleaner which will protect the shine of the flooring. Always sweep or vacuum before washing your floor with a mop
  • Sweep, dust, or vacuum, your floor on regular basis.
  • Be careful while moving furniture or appliances through vinyl floors. Dragging the heavy furniture or appliance can damage the floor badly. Always try to use a plywood path to drag the furniture.

Don’ts:

  • Never try to use a floor wax product such as polish as they damage Vinyl floors
  • Never scrub too hard as they can damage the shine of the Vinyl floor and make them look aged and dull. Always try to use a soft mop if possible
  • Never use a flooring cleaner that is abrasive as they might have some chemicals that can damage the floor.
  • If you wash your Vinyl floors, make sure the floors are not left too damp as this can let water sweep thru the edges onto the seam and damage the bonding glue or material used.
  • We recommend not using a beater bar with your vacuum as it can damage the Vinyl floor.