The holidays have come and gone, leaving behind a trail of festive spills on your floors. Between the high-heel scuffs left under the mistletoe to the sticky eggnog found dried up under the dining room table, you may have thought about canceling the holidays next year. We totally get it. But before you do anything too drastic, follow these simple floor cleaning tips to have your floors looking good as new.
Removing high heel scuffs
If you invited party guests over during the month of December, there’s a chance you also invited over scuff marks. With a little elbow grease, you can remove these holiday blemishes from your floors. For hardwood floors, you can actually use a tennis ball to remove scuffs. Just grab a pair of scissors and cut an X into the tennis ball. Then stick it on the end of a broomstick and buff those scuffs away!
For laminate floors, nail polish remover can be a post-Christmas miracle. Simply dampen a microfiber cloth with the nail polish remover and then gently scrub the scuffs until they disappear. Afterwards, wipe the area clean with a wet microfiber cloth and then dry with a cloth or towel.
It seems glitter always finds a way inside your home during the holidays. To clean up these annoying specs, grab a broom and sweep up as much as you can. This won’t get all of it, but it will remove the bulk of the colorful mess. Afterwards, wet a soft cloth (only if you have laminate) and then wipe the area you just swept. The moisture will help pick up any stragglers the broom left behind.
If this method fails, or you have hardwood floors, use a tape-based roller to remove the glitter. If you don’t have one nearby, you can always use masking tape and wrap it around your fingers or hands to remove the hard-to-get glitter.
Removing sugary spills
Your fun Aunt may have visited over the holidays, bringing along embarrassing childhood stories, and sugary spills from her favorite adult beverage. Whether your floors are hardwood or laminate, a simple homemade vinegar solution will work wonders when removing sticky residue.
All you do is add ¼-cup vinegar to a half-gallon of water, stirring it until mixed. Pour the contents into a spray bottle then spray the sticky area. Leave it for a few minutes then wipe up with a dry paper towel. Repeat if stickiness remains. With this quick-and-easy method, you may even invite the fun Aunt over again next year!