Let’s face it: doing chores around the house is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But there are few cleaning jobs as tiresome or as frustrating as scrubbing the floors. It seems that the moment the floors are spotless and in pristine condition, something immediately occurs to make them dirty again.
On top of that, we are quickly approaching everyone’s favorite time of year. as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. That means that those messy floors will become even grimier, as snow, dirt, and other winter filth are constantly brought into your home.
We at Valley Floor Coverings are just like you: we like a clean floor, and we admit that there are certain times of the year that keeping our floor clean is harder than others. While it’s certainly a frustrating problem, luckily, it is a problem with a few quick and simple solutions.
Here are a few cleaning tips that can get you and your floors through this winter season.
A Walk-off Matt will Go A long Way
While it sounds like common sense, having a sturdy matt outside of your home’s entry door will make all the difference between a clean and a dirty floor this winter. A proper doormat will hold on to excessive moisture and mud that would normally be dragged into your house. Now you just have to get your family to actually use it whenever they enter…
You Can Never Have Enough Mats-Even Inside
No matter how many times your family members pound their boots on the outdoor mat outside the entryway, let’s be honest: some moisture and snow is still bound to get in your house. But having another mat inside your entryway will greatly eliminates that problem.
Create Storage for Snowy Shoes and Boots
There’s nothing worse than wet shoes and boots just sitting on your floor. Simple solution: create a place for those wet items to be placed once they are in the house. We recommend a sturdy, plastic bin or container, one that can be easily placed by the door, and cleaned once the items have dried.
Always Have a Vacuum Cleaner Ready
While having the outside streets salted means we can drive safely in winter, the presence of salt in our home creates a messy issue. Vacuum up salt immediately to ensure it doesn’t seep in the lining of your floors. Once it’s in there, it’s not coming out any time soon.
These simple cleaning tips will not only maintain a clean home this winter, but your sanity as well. You got this. You will not get overwhelmed this year. This is the winter where you will take charge: you aren’t going to let a little bit of snow stop you from having a clean floor.
For more information on how you can keep your floor spotless, trust your friends and experts at Valley Floor Coverings. Call today at 401-724-8650 or email us at Jennifer@vfcri.com.
Your living room is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s where your family convenes to watch movies or TV together, and where your guests might sit around for conversation during a party. It is likely you put a lot of thought into what goes into your living room - charming decor, the perfect furniture set, an impressive flat screen television - but what about the floor? Your living room’s flooring will set the stage for the room’s overall aesthetic, so make sure you choose wisely!
Hardwood floors are undoubtedly beautiful, adding a certain kind of warmth to the room that other types of flooring just can’t match. They are one of the more expensive types of flooring, though, but they are long-lasting and age beautifully, making the cost worthwhile. The downsides of wood, besides cost, is the discomfort of a hard surface underfoot. This is easily fixed with an area rug.
Carpet is the number one choice for flooring in bedrooms, but it is less popular in living rooms. Still not an unpopular choice, though, since a carpeted living room offers softness underfoot (a plus if you have babies or children) that only carpeting can provide. A carpeted living room is also a less noisy one, since carpet absorbs sound. There are a few downsides of carpeting to keep in mind, however. Although fairly easy to keep clean (run a vacuum over it once or twice a week), it does have a tendency to stain and will show signs of wear over time. You can expect to have to replace your carpeting at some point.
Tile or Stone
Tile and stone flooring offers an elegant, modern, and sleek look. It can be a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind, and very durable option, but also one of the more costly materials. Other than cost, the downsides of tile and stone flooring is that it is cold, hard, and very noisy. Area rugs can help with this, and some people even chose to have in-floor heating to keep the floor from being too cold on bare feet.
While hardwood floors are very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, scratches can happen, and when they do, you should know how to remove them as best you can. Below you’ll find some tips on removing scratches from your hardwood floors, because let’s face it, life happens!
For this, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, and a protective coating. Clean the scratched area of floor with the cloth and floor cleaner, as the area needs to be clear of any dirt. Then, rinse the area with another clean cloth with warm water, and allow the area to dry completely. When the area is clean and dry, apply a layer of protective coating and allow the area to dry overnight.
For minor scratches, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, steel wool or a fine grade sandpaper, and a wax wood repair stick. For this purpose, avoid clear waxes. Begin the process by cleaning the section of scratched floor. Then you can start sanding the scratched area with the steel wool, and remember to always go with the grain of the wood. After you’ve buffed the scratched area, apply the wax stick and let it set for 10-15 minutes.This will fill the scratch and allow the area to blend in with the rest of the floor. Use a soft cloth to buff over the area, and finish by cleaning the section of floor.
When deep scratches occur, it’s best to call in the professionals. Fixing these scratches entail stripping, repairing, and refinishing the floors.
Wood fillers of different colors are available for a variety of different colored wood floors. Wood fillers can be used to minor scratches that have penetrated the surface of the wood. Avoid waxing a polyurethane floor. By doing this, you won’t have the opportunity to refinish your floors in the future. If you have a section of flooring that is badly scratched, call in the professionals to strip, repair, and refinish your floors.