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Caring for Your Floors in Every Season

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Every season brings new dangers for your floors, which can make it hard for you to keep them clean and in good condition. Carpet, hardwood, tile and all kinds of floors are prone to damage all year, but when you know how to care for them, no matter what the seasons bring, you can keep your floors in excellent condition.

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Caring for Your Floors in Every Season

  1. 1. Caring for Your Floors in Every Season Every season brings new dangers for your floors, which can make it hard for you to keep them clean and in good condition. Carpet, hardwood, tile and all kinds of floors are prone to damage all year, but when you know how to care for them, no matter what the seasons bring, you can keep your floors in excellent condition. When you maintain your floors all year, you can also avoid major stains and damages that are expensive and difficult to repair. The best way to take care of your floors is to form some habits and take certain steps all year long. Spring With new flowers, plants, rain and spring weather comes water and mud, two of the worst things for your carpet. While you may not be able to control the mud outside your home, you can control it inside. One of the easiest ways to prevent mud from entering your home and ruining your carpet is to place doormats outside every door and rugs inside every door. Ask people to wipe their feet and have your family, especially kids, take their shoes off before they come inside. You can make this easy by setting up a station next to your door where it’s convenient for people to take their shoes off. Put a chair in the entryway and even add a shoe rack to avoid clutter. You can add a table for mail, keys and bags and add artwork and other accessories to design the space and make it blend in with the rest of your home. The spring is also the perfect time to hire a carpet cleaner to give your carpets a good, deep clean. When you use a carpet cleaner, you can rid the carpet of all the dust, dirt and even mud that has worked its way deep down into your carpets over the winter.
  2. 2. Summer It can be easier to take care of your floors during the summer because the warm weather means sandals, which are easy to slip off when you walk inside the door. Keep up the habit of taking your shoes off inside by using the organisation system you put in place during the spring. You cleaned your carpets in the spring, so now is a good time to give your hardwood, tile or linoleum floors a good clean. Spot clean your floors as needed and use a mop regularly to keep them looking good. Then, use a floor scrubber on tile floors to make them shine and look like new. Hardwood floors require special care. You can sweep them throughout the year to keep them clean but during the summer, you’ll need to do a more thorough clean. To do this, use a cleaning product that is labeled safe for hardwood floors, immerse the mop in it, and then wring it out. To prevent water damage, you should use a mop that is only slightly damp, so make sure you wring most of the water out of it. Then, mop the hardwood just like you would any other floor, but be careful not to create puddles of standing water. After you have mopped the entire floor, use a dry towel to wipe up excess water and then set up a fan to help the floor dry quickly. Standing water can damage your floor, especially if it is a humid day. Fall Use the fall to make repairs to your floor to keep them looking their best. The type of repairs you make will depend on the kind of floors you have. If you have tile floors, you can replace broken tiles very easily. First, surround the broken tile with painter’s tape and use a drill to very carefully make a few small holes into the tile. Do not drill deep
  3. 3. enough to damage the floorboards beneath the tile. Then, use a chisel to carefully remove the broken pieces. Replace the tile using adhesive and grout. Scratches in hardwood floors are also easy to repair. Start by lightly sanding scratched areas and then rubbing mineral spirits into the damaged spots. Then, fill the scratches with filler and when it is dry, sand it to make it smooth and level with the rest of the floor. Finish the area with a hardwood floor sealer. It’s also a good idea to hire a carpet cleaner again in the fall. You need to deep clean your carpets regularly, and now, after summer dirt and pollen have landed on your carpet, is a good time to do it. Winter During the winter, you can complete floor maintenance projects that are needed to keep floors looking their best. Things like cleaning and repairs need to be done often, but once a year or so, you’ll have to take some extra maintenance steps, depending on the types of floors you have. For tile floors, you’ll need to repair the grout. If there are areas where the grout has become loose or even worn away, use matching grout to fill the spaces in. If there is loose grout, use a chisel to carefully remove it. Then, wipe the area clean to remove dust and broken grout before you apply new grout. Wood floors need to be resealed so they will stay in top condition. First, use a floor sander to lightly sand the surface. As you do this, just work to sand the finish, not the wood itself. Then, use a cleaning product that is safe for hardwood floors to clean the floor well and remove all the dust from sanding. When the floor is clean and dry, use a sealer, or polyurethane, depending on the finish that is already on your floor, to reseal it. Follow the directions that came with the product to make sure you use it correctly. When you adopt some maintenance and cleaning habits all year you can avoid damage and keep your floors looking their best. The processes you use will depend on the type of floors you have, but these seasonal tips can help you start a floor-care routine that will make your floors look like new all year. To browse HSS Hire's extensive collection of tools please visit our website: www.hss.com

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