It has been a dry summer season for much of the country – too dry, in fact. But that’s sure to change with the season. Summer’s fading, fall’s on the way, and with it wetter, muddier conditions that may leave your floors worse for the wear.
Maintaining a clean floor doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to spend more time with a mop and a bucket. Nope, in this article, we’re going to focus on four preventative measures you can take to keep your floors sparkling clean this season.
Keep dirt where it belongs: outside
As they say in the medical profession, prevention is better than cure. The same goes for floors. It’s common sense, but the best way to keep your floors clean is by preventing dirt from getting there in the first place. It’s easier than you think.
Doormats are inexpensive, effective, and give doorways a little personality and a breath of fresh air. Mats are the first thing guests see before entering your home. So freshen up your threshold and set the tone for all the greatness happening inside your home.
Want to take it a step further? Purchase a bristle shoe station. They’re cute and extremely effective dirt destroyers. Bristles penetrate dirt quickly and can get into all the nooks and hard-to-reach crannies on shoe soles.
Enforce a no-shoe policy
If you want to start a lively discussion at your next party, ask your guests how they feel about no-shoe policies. Your group will have a good, hearty laugh and a lively discussion. We promise.
If you’re on the fence about the shoes-no-shoes discussion, consider this: The average public restroom floor houses two million bacteria per square inch. That’s an incredible amount of bacteria – and if you wear shoes indoors, you’re going to bring along some of those unwelcome travelers.
It’s easier – or at least less awkward – to enforce no-shoe policies with your family than it is with guests. If you need a passive workaround, let your doormat do the talking for you. There are plenty of lighthearted mats out there. Let them do the talking for you!
Reduce pet shedding
Shedding may be a natural and healthy canine practice, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating for humans! One of the best ways to treat shedding is to brush out dead hair before it leaves your furry friend’s coat.
Dogs are as unique as humans. Like us, they all have hair that’s all their own. So before you go brush shopping, take stock of your pet’s coat.
Bristle brushes work on all coats. Wire-pin brushes are ideal for thick, curly coats that need untangling. Rubber combs help remove dander, dead skin, and hair and are best suited for pets with shorter hair.
In addition to brushing, consider bathing your pet more regularly. Baths keep pets fresh and clean – but they also remove excessive hair before it has a chance to fall on your clean floor!
Invest in a stick vacuum
Many of us groan when it’s time to break out the vacuum – and rightfully so. Contending with cords, clogs, and messy vacuum bags sucks! Get it?
If you’re fed up with your clunky old vacuum, maybe it’s time to upgrade to a compact, cordless stick vacuum. In terms of price, overall lifespan, power, and battery life, stick vacuums have come a long way in the last few years.
The beauty of going cordless is obvious to anyone who has wrestled with a traditional vacuum. No more cord tangles, extension cords, vacuum bags that you never know the size of when it comes time to purchase them.
Stick vacuums are compact, powerful, and fit into hard-to-reach corners. Believe us, once you go cordless, you’ll never look back.