- Train your pets to stop at the door so you can clean off paws before they come in.
- Put down rugs by all doors.
- Try to clean water spills off your wood floors as soon as possible (they could damage your floors).
- Sweep you floors daily to get rid of the gravel and small stones that get tracked in.
- Ask your guests to take off their shoes or, at the very least, wipe their shoes off on your rugs before they come in.
- Add felt pads to all your chairs and furniture (including folding chairs) to avoid scratches.
- Don’t be afraid to ask your local flooring experts about cleaners BEFORE you mop your floors; they can give you a list of approved cleaners so you don’t void the warranty.
- Buy a vacuum that won’t damage your carpet.
- Vacuum before you carpet clean your floors.
- Test a spot on your carpet that is not visible (i.e. under a chair) to make sure your cleaner doesn’t discolor your carpet.
- Blot stains, don’t scrub. Don’t twist your carpet fibers when you clean up carpet stains.
- Schedule a professional deep carpet cleaning to get all the salt and snow out of your carpets.
- Don’t use water to clean your wood floors, as it may damage the wood.
- Be VERY careful when using a steam cleaner on your wood floors, or don’t use one at all (this could affect the warranty on your floor).
- Only use approved cleaners on your wood floors for a deep spring cleaning.
- Scrub your grout with an approved cleaner.
- Mop your tile floor regularly.
- Do not use water to clean your floors (standing water can damage laminate floors).
- Use a soft padded mop and approved cleaner to give your floors a deep spring cleaning.
- Don’t use a steam cleaner on your laminate floors (this could affect the warranty on your floor).