Protecting Your Floors During the Holiday Season

When the house is full with holiday guests, your floors may suffer. Hardwood and carpet flooring is subject to staining and damage from food spills, and animal visitors can wreak havoc. Here are a few tips to help you keep your floors in shape throughout the holidays:

  1. Get wine or dark juice out of carpet. Blot up any excess liquid. Mix a quarter of a teaspoon of dish detergent with 2 cups of warm water and a tablespoon of vinegar and pour the solution onto the stain. Blot (don’t rub) the stain with the solution, rinsing your rag as you go. You can also try pouring salt over a stain until you have time to clean it to keep it from setting.
  1. Get sticky liquid off hard flooring. Use a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle to treat sticky spots on your floor. Let it sit for a minute before wiping it away.
  1. Get candle wax out of carpet. Scrape as much of the wax up as you can with the back of a butter knife. Once you’ve gotten it down to the fibers, grab an iron and some paper towels. Warm up the iron and place a paper towel over the wax. Placing the iron over the paper towel will re-melt the wax so it can adhere to the paper towel. Repeat with paper towels until all the wax is gone.
  1. Get light scratches out of hardwood. Clean the area with mineral spirits and allow it to dry. Get a permanent marker that is close to the color of your floor, and color any scratches with the marker. A wax crayon that is of similar color will work as well. Apply the crayon and then get a hair dryer to heat the wax. Buff the area with a rag until it appears uniform. This will hide the scratch until it is time for you to refinish your floor.
  1. Prevent scratches and damage. Place rugs and runners in high-traffic areas and encourage visitors to remove their shoes before walking through your home. Make sure all pet nails are trimmed to avoid scratches.
  1. Be proactive with a soil retardant. Apply a soil retardant solution to your carpet before visitors arrive to help you with any spills that may occur during the holidays.
  1. Use hot water and teabags on hardwoods. To condition your hardwood floors, clean them prior to the holidays with two teabags steeped in boiling water. Use a damp rag with the solution to clean your floor in pieces and be amazed by the results!
  1. Clean grout. Use folded sandpaper to “exfoliate” the grout and get rid of stains and dirt. If that doesn’t work, try a pencil eraser that fits perfectly within grooves to erase stains before your eyes.
  1. Freshen your carpet naturally. Sprinkle a mixture of cornmeal, Borax, ground rosemary, cinnamon, cloves, and baking soda over your carpet and leave it for up to an hour. Vacuum it off for a clean, fresh-smelling carpet. Test an area on a white or light colored carpet before treating the whole room as ground cinnamon and cloves might stain.

Flooring is an integral part of any room, and the professionals at Rite Rug can help you select the flooring options to get the most out of your space. Contact us today!