Spring has finally arrived and with that comes soccer games, pool days, trips to the dog park and more general movement into and out of your home (which means, of course, plenty of tracking in). As you wave a not-so-sad goodbye to winter, we put together a few maintenance tips that will keep both your laminate and hardwood floors in tip-top shape after the weather shifts.
Keep the Outside Out
With the seasonal change comes more dust, more dirt, more pollen, and all the mud that’s tracked in from spring showers. Save yourself work by doubling up on high-quality doormats to put both inside and outside your most-used doorways. It also helps to put a few throw rugs in high-traffic areas. Take note: rubber-backed mats can be your enemy, since they can trap moisture and start to damage the flooring underneath if you’re not careful.
Tidy Up Your Patio or Deck
Time to enjoy your grill and Adirondack chairs once again. But while it was winter, your outdoor furniture and the areas around them got pretty dirty. Make everything guest-ready again by using dish detergent and warm water to clean up chairs and other surfaces. If you have a garden hose nearby, use that to spray off all your decking or outdoor tiles for good measure. Not only will cleaning off your patio be a nice fresh start, but it will eliminate a major source of dirt and pollen on your floors. If you think regular sweeping is a chore, you can take care of dirt in seconds by keeping an electric leaf blower inside a waterproof deck box.
Put the Pool in Its Place
If you have a floor that’s waterproof such as Pergo Outlast+ or Pergo TimberCraft +WetProtect™, you’re technically good to let your kids or careless guests drip on your floors all day and night. But there’s no reason to bring in more water than necessary. Keeping an outdoor towel rack by the door is a handy way to make sure no one has an excuse to walk around in a wet bathing suit. If the kids need extra motivation, leave a few towels or robes out with their favorite cartoon characters.
Spring Cleaning Your Floors
Laminate floors typically only require a regular sweep or a quick vacuum. Otherwise, use a dust mop or damp cloth for general cleaning in areas of daily high-traffic in the home. If you still have any remnants of winter muck on the floor, just use a damp cloth to wipe the stain off and you should be good to go.
As you’re most likely already aware, hardwood floors can be more high-maintenance, especially if winter dirt or debris may still be lingering. As always, use a soft sponge or cloth for cleaning your hardwood and never mop using water. One last thing: to avoid scratches, never use a brush head or any other abrasive vacuum accessory that can scuff up your hardwood.
Now that spring has you seeing things in a different light, our 2018 trend breakdown offers plenty of fresh ideas if you’re considering giving one of your rooms a flooring makeover.