Hints & Tips
As we’re now firmly in the spring months, with summer on the horizon, the weather and our activities change. With this in mind, it’s important that our domestic flooring doesn’t bear the brunt of this change in season. Which is why we’ve put together 5 tips to help protect your flooring during spring & summer:
1. Place door mats outside your house entrances
As you spend extra time in the garden and going out for walks enjoying the weather, you’re bringing with you dirt and mud inside with you. Although it might not seem like this will do much damage, over time it can have a detrimental effect on your flooring. No matter which type of you have.
By placing doormats outside your entrances and encouraging everyone in the household to utilise them, you can be sure that any excess mud or dirt is left where it belongs.
2. Try to limit UV exposure
With the sunnier days and evenings, our blinds and curtains are left open for longer periods of time as we enjoy the sun in our homes. But with this, we’re exposing our flooring to ultraviolet rays. If they’re left bare to these rays, over time, it can cause damage in the form of discoloration and fading. This could lead to you having to replace your flooring sooner than expected.
As well as installing curtains and blinds to protect your floors, there are a number of products on the market which can protect your flooring from UV rays. So don’t worry, you don’t need to sit in the dark all the time!
3. Vacuum instead of sweeping
Following point number 1, it can be tempting to sweep away all the dirt and mud brought into your home to keep it clean and tidy. But by doing this, you’re essentially dragging these particles across the floor, which can lead to damage over time.
Instead of sweeping, look to vacuum your floors to help prevent this.
4. Check humidity levels
Moisture in any form can be bad news for your flooring. So, as the warmer months hit and there’s increased humidity in the air. It’s important to protect your flooring from this to prevent mould, bad smells, warping and slip hazards.
The best way to do this is by using a humidifier to maintain humidity levels and ensure they don’t creep up too high.
5. Invest in the right tools
An old sponge mop just won’t cut the mustard and will most likely just push the dirt around and can lead to streaky water marks. Make sure you’ve got the right tools for the job, such as a high quality microfiber mop or even a floor steamer.