How to protect floors from snow and salt
If you live in an area that dips below freezing in the winter, you understand how quickly snow and salt get tracked into your home or office. Follow these simple floor care tips to protect your floors from snow and salt this winter.
Floor Care Tips
The best floor cleaning advice is this: Prevention is easier than restoration. Prevent damage to your floors by keeping snow and salt off of them as much as possible.
- Use floor mats. Put a bristly floor mat outside the front door and encourage your family members and guests, or staff and customers to wipe their feet before coming inside. This will remove the largest particles of salt and clumps of unmelted snow. Place additional mats inside for guests to dry their feet.
- Keep old towels or cleaning rags near the door. Wipe up puddles immediately. Standing water can damage your floors.
- Increase the frequency of your regular home or office floor cleaning. If you normally clean your floors with a damp mop once a week, you may need to clean them two or three times per week depending on foot traffic.
If your office floors become slippery quickly, consider laying down plastic runners. Not only will these keep your floors clear of snow and salt, but they may prevent slip and fall injuries.
Wood Damage Restoration
If you have hardwood floors in your home or office, water damage can be a serious problem. The best way to prevent extensive damage is to keep the floors as dry as possible, but if your floors do warp or buckle from standing moisture from snow tracked in from outdoors, they can be restored.
Wood damage restoration crews may use a suction technique called Injectidry to suck excess moisture out of your wood floors. In many cases, water damaged wood floors can be salvaged using this technique. In other cases, especially if the floors have been allowed to stay moist for a significant amount of time, you may need to replace some or all of your wood flooring.
If you have wood floors and begin to see water damage from snow and salt, use towels and fans to dry the area as completely as possible. Then call a reputable wood damage restoration team to evaluate the damage and suggest a restoration plan.