For many West Palm Beach homeowners, the holidays are a time for hosting. No matter what festivities you have planned this winter, there are a few simple steps you’ll want to take to protect your floors from extra foot traffic and potential party fouls. Below, the experts at Floor Coverings International Jupiter have compiled a list of their favorite simple ways to prepare your floors for the holiday season!
Shoes can be a floor’s biggest enemy. Sand and grit can stick to the bottom of a shoe, leading to scratches on your newly finished hardwoods, or tracked-in dirt can make your carpet look grimy. Prevent these issues by bolstering your entryway with doormats. Use a bristly coir doormat outside to help guests scrape grit and debris off of shoes. Use a second, softer doormat indoors to help wipe away grime.
The entryway is the first impression your guests will have of your home, so take advantage of this space by sprucing it up before hosting gatherings. Provide an easily accessible coat rack or hidden shelving for purses and bags. Tidy this space up to make room for guests’ belongings. Consider including a shoe shelf to encourage guests to remove their shoes before entering further into the home.
Protecting Carpet and Hardwood
Whether or not your guests remove their shoes before walking onto your carpet or hardwood, you’ll want to take special care to protect these floors from spilled drinks and dropped dishes. A popular solution is to use area rugs and runners to cover areas in your home that receive the most foot traffic.
Stick to synthetic, stain-proofed, low pile rugs, as these will be the easiest to clean in the event of a spill. If you are particularly worried about messy pets or kids who will be visiting, consider laying down some sheet vinyl as a sort of “rug” in designated areas. This water resistant material is inexpensive and can be cut to size.
If your hardwood flooring is due to be refinished, don’t put this task off until after the holidays! Refinishing hardwood not only gives it a beautiful, fresh shine, but it also helps to protect the wood from spills and stains. This will be an important step in protecting your hardwoods from party fouls this season.
Keep a cleaning caddy full of supplies on hand to take care of messes efficiently without interrupting the holiday festivities. Baking soda and vinegar are great ingredients for tackling carpet stains, while brewed black tea and dry rags will be useful for wiping spills off of hardwoods while boosting their shine.
Set out extra towels, toilet paper, and other necessities in bathrooms or bedrooms so guests can feel at home using resources that are easily in sight without having to dig through your cupboards. For an extra touch, set up a small coffee or snack station for guests to treat themselves to throughout their stay. Just be sure to cover the floor underneath to protect against spills and crumbs!
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Getting your home ready for the holidays is easy with these tips from Floor Coverings International Jupiter! Give yourself the gift of new flooring this season and contact us today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation. We proudly serve Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County and surrounding areas.
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