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Maintaining Elegant Floors

tile floor on balconyAs the weather warms up we look forward to time spent outside, but know that mud and dirt can be tracked back inside. Some tips from the pros on maintaining hardwood, carpet, and tile floors while you enjoy the spring weather.

General Flooring Care

  • Keep cleaning supplies like a broom near high-traffic doors. If people or pets might track in dirt or grass, you'll want to clean up any spills as soon you can.
  • Hosting a spring soiree? After guests leave, do a quick sweep or vacuum for dirt or food left underfoot.
  • Preserve high-traffic areas throughout your home with statement rugs and floor mats. Consider additional rugs—for both protection and style—during your next gathering.

Hardwood Flooring Maintenance

  • Always remove surface dirt and debris with a dry mop of vacuum before using wet products.
  • Before you pull out any sponges or mops, know how the wood is sealed. Use a damp (not soaking) mop, using the manufacturer-recommended cleaning product or products.
  • Avoid scratched by placing protective pads under furniture legs, and rugs under rolling furniture.

Carpeting Maintenance

  • Vacuum your carpets regularly. Weekly vacuuming may work in some areas, but high-traffic areas or homes with pets may need it daily.
  • Working from the same direction can create long term carpet patterns and prevent you from picking up dirt, try vacuuming from different angles to gain effectiveness.
  • Dirt is easier to remove than mud, so let mud dry. Scrape at the dried mud with a spoon to loosen it up, and then vacuum the dirt.

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