Some floors are made to take a large amount of traffic and rough treatment. Other floors are a little more delicate and need more protection. Both types of floors deserve to look their best throughout the year and winter brings with it special considerations.
If you notice snow on your floor, don’t panic; you can get the snow up easily without harming them or your sanity.
First, remember that it’s not snow that’s harms your floor so much as what often comes with it. Snow is just frozen water after all, and water is easily avoided or removed. A mat near the front door can serve as a decoration and trap a large amount of snow from boots and shoes. Choose a door mat that coordinates nicely with your home and a great majority of snow will never see the inside of your house.
Snow is often the conduit for salt, dirt, sand, and grit, all of which can hurt your floor after it’s melted. If your first line of defense does not catch all the snow, a second indoor mat can be a big help. Also providing a location for wet boots and shoes can help guests by giving them an out-of-the-way spot to store wet items.
If any moisture or dirt gets through these barriers, get out the wet dry vac and suck up as much water and snow as you can without agitating the floor. You don’t want to work the sand and grit into your floor where it could do the most damage, so remove the bulk of it to get it up as quickly as you can!
Finally, soak up any remaining moisture without moving solid dirt over the surface of the floor. After the surface is dry, dirt and salt can be swept up.
Be sure to ask any questions you may have about winter conditions and your floor!