Winter has descended upon Wisconsin. As the season arrives, so does the water, gravel, ice and snow tracked onto your hardwood, laminate, vinyl, carpet and tile floors. You know, the wood floors you just installed or the carpet you’re trying to keep looking brand new for as long as possible. So how do you keep those floors looking pristine—like winter isn’t here? Use these simple steps to fight back against the effects of a cold Wisconsin winter:
- Rugs, rugs, and more rugs by all exterior doors. If you have a laminate or wood floor, water from melting snow is the enemy. Keep rugs by all exterior doors for your guests and family to clean off their feet, and make sure everyone’s feet are clean before they walk on your carpet. If you have a dog, clean off paws before they enter the house.
- Wipe up water immediately. Don’t let water damage your wood or laminate floors, or seep through your vinyl tiles. Keep paper towel or a rag handy so you can get that melting snow or water cleaned up immediately.
- Protect your wood floors from scratches. This is one of the cheapest, and most important, ways to protect your laminate and wood floors: felt pads. Make sure you have felt pads on the bottom of your chairs and furniture. Use caution when moving anything around to prevent scratches.
- Vacuum and dry mop regularly. Keep your carpet in shape with regular maintenance. Dry mop your hard floors, and sweep to keep the dirt and grime at bay. Spot shot any dirty spots on your carpet, and vacuum the area to keep those carpets looking great.
Spring is right around the corner, so plan ahead for a good carpet clean. Call Y’s Way to schedule a whole-home carpet clean to keep those carpets looking like new (you won’t believe the stains that come out after a professional clean!). Once you get through our rough Wisconsin winter, then you can start warding off the mud of our spring showers. That’s a blog post to read on another, slightly warmer, day.
The leaves are turning color, pumpkins are ready, kids back in school. It’s fall, a great time to prepare for the white stuff that inevitably falls on Wisconsin. And while we traditionally think of bringing out coats and mittens, homeowners also need to think about winterizing their floors, windows and roof:
- Ready your floors for snow and mud. With winter comes the inevitable tracking in of snow, mud and ice. Spread rugs by doors to catch the dirt and water that comes in with your kids, pets and guests. If you have wood floors in your entryway, stash a rag or towel nearby to clean up water on the floor that could cause your wood floor to warp. Have your carpets professionally cleaned now—before you spend all your time indoors because of the cold—and give your hard floors a good cleaning in preparation.
- Contact a professional to clean your ducts. You are about to be stuck inside with all the allergens circulating through your ducts. Clean them now before you’re spending the majority of your time inside.
- Check your windows and doors. Check your windows and doors for wear and tear. Fill in holes around windows and doors with caulk. If your window seal is broken, or you question their efficiency, purchase plastic to install on the interior to keep drafts out or contact a contractor about replacement.
- Have your chimney inspected. Prevent carbon monoxide build up or a fire.
- Pressure wash your siding. Don’t be the ugly house on the block covered in mold and mildew. Clean your house before it’s too cold to run that pressure washer.
- Have your furnace checked now before it has to work hard. Hire an HVAC technician to do maintenance at least biannually. Furnace maintenance saves you money in the long run because inefficient heaters run more, raising your utility bills.
- Check your roof for loose or damaged shingles. Summer storms and high winds can wreak havoc on your shingles. If you only have a few damaged shingles, fix the problem for far less money than a full roof replacement.
- Test your smoke detectors. Keep your family safe. Change any detectors with low batteries.
Annual winterizing increases the lifespan of your windows, doors, flooring, roof and furnace. Are there any other home winterizing tasks you would recommend?