Now that spring cleaning is in full swing, you’re probably looking for ways to keep from undoing all of the hard work you’ve already done. This is especially true when it comes to your floor. Your floor sees a lot of traffic over the course of the day, and it’s one of the first parts of your home to get dirty. Even with regular vacuuming or sweeping, it may seem like the cleanup is never ending. So what are you to do with the constant hassle of keeping your floor clean? Here are a few hints to keeping your floor looking brand new, no matter how long it’s been since you last vacuumed.
Take Your Shoes Off
Our shoes pick up dirt, grime, sand, and germs from everywhere we go. Even if you brush your feet on a welcome mat before you come inside, you’ll still end up tracking some of that onto your floor. The solution? Take your shoes off before you come inside. Either leave them on the porch or doorstep, or have a shoe rack set up in your laundry room, mudroom, or entryway.
Keep Pets Groomed
If you have pets, you know how quickly the hair can build up in your home. Whether you have plush carpet or solid hardwoods, that hair is a big problem for your clean floor. Keeping your pet properly groomed can keep those little hairballs from rolling like tumbleweeds across your floor. For long-haired pets or dogs with thick coats, invest in a brush and keep your pet’s coat brushed regularly, especially during the change of seasons, when shedding is at its peak.
Clean as You Go
If you drop any crumbs on the kitchen floor while you’re cooking dinner, take care of them before you forget about it. If you spill something or a pet has an accident, don’t wait to clean it up later. Most dirty floors are the result of a long-term buildup rather than a single moment. If you can stay ahead of the curve, then you’ll find that you don’t need to do heavy-duty cleaning as often. Pick up small debris and clean up small messes so that you won’t have so much to do later.
When it comes to keeping your floor clean, work smarter, not harder. Using these tips to keep the mess from ever reaching your floor in the first place will make your job easier, and you won’t have to slave away in order to keep your floors looking as good as new.