Loving the holidays is easy - you get time off of work to enjoy family, friends and food. However, hosting for the holidays comes with some strings—hours of prepping your home with decorations and cleaning, and the chaos that comes with having lots of people in your home.
Having high foot traffic in your house also takes a toll on your floors. The extra shoes, bare feet and socks of your friends and family running all over your house can be damaging. Here are some steps to take before and during the holidays to protect your floors.
When you’re doing a lot of dishes and spending extra time in the kitchen for the holidays, make sure to use a cotton matt by the sink. Sink mats with lining or made out of a non-absorbent material that will let water sit underneath and damage your floor. A cotton mat will breath so water will dry faster.
You know the sound when someone doesn't lift up their chair to scoot in towards the table—even worse, the damage it can do to your floor. Protect hardwood and use furniture protectors on the ends of all your furniture. Using furniture protectors at the bottom of your large living room furniture will help protect your carpet as well.
Dirt, dust and debris will always get tracked into your home, especially when you host a group of people. Cleaning regularly will help prevent scratching your floors or tearing up your carpet fibers. Make sure to spot clean as soon as spills happen, we recommend this spot remover that you use can use for carpet and upholstery.
For hardwood floor maintenance, read more on how to clean hardwood floors. Quick tip: mop and sweep with the grain.
Getting your floors professionally cleaned before the extra traffic comes into your home is beneficial to the lifetime of your carpet, hardwood, stone, and tile and grout. Professional cleaning will extract the dirt deep into the surface of your floor to help prevent further damage when guests arrive.
We also offer carpet protector to extend the life of your carpet fibers, making your carpet durable for kids and pets. And, we can seal your grout to make it stain resistant—grout is porous and will absorb spills. Stanley Steemer can apply a sealant that creates a protective barrier.Want more tips? Find out more ways to prevent wear and tear on your floor.