The floors in your house take a lot of abuse. You scratch them, spill food and drink on them and walk on them all day. Yet, they are still expected to look pretty.
To keep your floors looking shiny and new despite everything they endure, keep them as clean as possible. Here are seven tips to keep them spotless.
How To Keep Floors Clean
1. No Shoes
Enforce a “no shoe” policy in your home. You walk around outside, stepping in God-knows-what so take your shoes off at the door to avoid tracking the dirt and germs that you picked up outdoors into your house. This is especially important if you have young children who spend a lot of time on the floor. If that wasn’t enough of a reason, shoes can also scratch and scuff your floors.
Don’t be shy about asking visitors to remove their shoes. It’s your home! You wouldn’t let them smoke inside if you were a non-smoking family. So why should it be any different where their shoes are concerned?
Place a sign by the door politely requesting that guests take their shoes off. Have a shoe rack and even a bench or chair nearby so they can easily remove their shoes and put them back on. If you worry guests may feel uncomfortable about unsightly toes or stinky feet, place a basket by the entrance with socks or slippers.
2. Clean Dog’s Feet
The same way shoes can track contaminants into your home, so can your dog who has just returned from a trip to the park. Your little pooch has been playing in dirt, had a little bathroom break and then strolled back into the house. Purchase wipes made specifically for dogs from your local pet store and clean Lassie’s feet as soon as they enter the door.
3. Door Mats
Place door mats at each exterior door. This makes it easy to wipe your feet as you enter the house and helps to protect your floors from grime.
4. Limit Food To Certain Areas
Make sure your family knows where they are allowed to eat. That way, you don’t have to worry about crumbs and spills in every room of the home. Enjoy meals and snacks at the kitchen or dining room table. This goes for pets as well, who can be very messy at dinner time.
5. Clean Spills Immediately
Accidents happen. As soon as a spill occurs, clean it up. The longer it sits there, the more difficult it is to clean. This is especially true if you have carpet or rugs. Use paper towels, an old rag and an appropriate cleaner, if necessary.
6. Party Outdoors
If you have the space, keep your parties outside. Hang a sign directing guests to the nearest bathroom so you don’t spend the entire time repeating, “First door to the left.” Place snacks, drinks, ice and everything else you could possibly need on tables in your backyard to reduce people going inside for supplies.
Outdoor parties are not only fun, but they also decrease the possibility of spills on your floors. It’s not a party unless someone drops a glass of red wine after all!
7. Clean Frequently
This may be obvious but I’ll mention it anyway. To keep your floors clean, you should mop and vacuum regularly. At least once a week, remove the crumbs, dirt, hair etc. that have built up. High-traffic areas like the kitchen can be cleaned more often.
If you dread cleaning, see How To Make Your Cleaning Routine More Fun.
Don’t skimp on your cleaning tools. Invest in a high-powered vacuum cleaner so you can thoroughly suck up all the dirt and grime from the floors. Carpet, in particular, holds on to pollen and dust so pay careful attention to this. Remember to clean under furniture like chairs that are raised off of the ground and use the crevice tool to clean around the base of walls.
Keeping the floors in your home clean may seem like a daunting task but with these seven easy tips, it doesn’t have to be.