You probably already know that both commercial and residential spaces experience an increase in traffic during the business of the holiday season. Inevitably, that increased traffic produces wear and tear and damage to the floors.
When planning for the busy holiday season, cleaning your floors should be high on your list of priorities for the fall and winter alike.
For holiday season specialty and deep cleaning, contact Professional Carpet Systems.
In Florida, we face more than just feet on our home and business floors. In the Tampa Bay area, we also combat salt air and sand. To protect your floors from guests bound to bring in sand, water, and salt on their shoes, a little preparation can go a long way. Doing so can prevent scratches, stains, and other mishaps.
These simple steps could save you money by not having to replace your floors.
You may have never thought about this. But, the national average for refinishing hardwood flooring tops $1000. That said, a carpet repair is estimated at $200.
No matter your flooring type, it is essential to care for your product with regular cleaning, protection, and maintenance.
Clearly, each type of flooring needs its own type of care. So learning which cleaning materials and products best suit your flooring needs is valuable.
Furthermore, learning the best care for each flooring type is ideal. Do you have laminate, carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, or several types in one home?
Let’s start by learning how to accomplish protection prep work to ready your floors for this holiday season– and avoid the wear and tear from holiday traffic patterns in your home or office.
How To Protect Your Floors During the Holiday Season Ahead
Indeed, once the holidays are over, and all begins to turn to a more normal pace of life, give those floors a good cleaning. But before the hubbub begins, give them a maintenance once over and a cleaning to help them stay clean longer and last longer too.
1 | Start your flooring protection in the area with the highest traffic in order to protect your flooring from scuffs and scratches.
2 | Protect the front entry by getting rid of any sand, debris, and dirt.
3 | When moving furniture to adjust to the holidays, any build-up on the floors may cause scrapes. A good deep cleaning of your floors will remove that damaging layer of dirt.
4 | When preparing a vacation home somewhere that experiences harsh weather conditions, like heavy amounts of ice and snow, there are special considerations we Floridians do not always consider. Protect those floors from the snow, sand, and salt.
5 | Consider implementing a no-shoes-in-the-house rule to prevent your guests from tracking in the dirt, sand, and other things from outside. Doing so decreases the risk of your carpets getting overly dirty and the hardwood floors scratched and stained.
However, if you feel uncomfortable asking your guests to take off their shoes or you are at a place of business, just add heavy-duty floor mats that can easily be cleaned to the front and back of your entryways.
6 | Clean doormats will also catch sand, dirt, and other debris from the outside, preventing them from making your floors dirtier. Add door mats that can easily be cleaned in the hallway, the kitchen, and wherever your guests will spend most of their time. That way, guests will feel inclined to use the door mats to wipe their feet.
*Some people even add entryway mats to carpeted floors to keep them in better condition for longer.
7 | Adding felt pads under your furniture is an excellent way to protect your floors, no matter the type. Avoid those holiday scratches from excessive sliding of your chairs and bar stools.
8 | Try polish as an extra preventative. For refinished floors like hardwoods, wash down the floorboards and apply a fresh coat of floor finish or floor polish before they take on heavy foot traffic; it is one more way to prevent any scuffs, stains, and scratches from shoes and more.
Finally, keep in mind that minor marks and scratches are inevitable. But these marks can easily be covered with a color-matched pen or repair paint.
The Holiday Season and How To Maintain Your Floors
Cleaning frequently and efficiently is the most efficient way to maintain a like-new look for your floors.
Let’s face it: sometimes, people don’t want to take off their shoes. And other times, folks accidentally spill something on the floor.
When these situations arise, having a bottle of floor or carpet cleaner on hand is a good idea.
In fact, while hosting holiday parties and particularly when entertaining an extensive guest list, keep cleaning supplies nearby. Then you’ll be prepared to clean your hardwoods and laminates frequently with a quality neutral floor cleaner.
We know your guests will be as careful as possible, but mistakes happen. And that’s okay because Professional Carpet Systems can help.
How To Clean Your Carpets Before and After the Holiday Season
Laminate flooring is stronger, but it can still be damaged with heavy holiday excitement. So, here is an excellent idea. Think about making your own at-home mixture of water and vinegar. This solution will help protect against build-up, over time, that gets left untreated and causes damage to your floors.
Be diligent at cleaning up the dirt and debris tracked in from outside. Make sure you sweep leaves, sand, mud, and debris from the entrance of the home to keep the mess from getting inside in the first place.
Especially with carpeting, following a routine cleaning schedule is essential in high-traffic areas throughout your place.
1 |Try to make sweeping every day a habit as well as vacuuming the carpets. Then try to mop at least once or twice a week. Although cleaning your carpets can be a hassle, it is an essential step that will help to keep your flooring looking its best all year long.
2 | When you schedule a professional carpet cleaning, you prevent contaminants from penetrating those carpet fibers. Not to mention, you are ultimately ensuring a healthier living space for you and your guests. BONUS!
Hire A Professional to Inspect Your Flooring
After you have finished your light cleaning on the floors, be sure to hire Professional Carpet Systems. We will come and inspect the condition of your floors before the arrival of your holiday guests. This will help avoid injuries to your guests and damage to your property.
Allowing us to provide you with a floor maintenance routine will help identify any divots, cracks, or other defects in your flooring. Let’s ensure these problem areas don’t get worse or cause physical harm to guests walking on them. Make it a priority to address and resolve these issues right away.
By following these tips on protecting, maintaining, and cleaning your floors during the holiday season, you and your guests can still enjoy all the season has to offer. You’ll be relaxed knowing that your floors will look like new ones.