Summer party season is here! The Fourth of July is the biggest and best reason to throw a summer shindig. Big parties cause big messes!  Be prepared to deal with messy kids from running through the sprinkler, lots of guests tracking dirt in and out from the outdoor BBQ to the indoor space, along with spilled drinks, apple pie, hamburgers, hot dogs, and BBQ ribs. Kruper Flooring has you covered with some handy tips to clean up spills for many different types of flooring.

There will be a lot of traffic in between the backyard and the kitchen or living room for your Fourth of July party. One of the best tips to keep any type of flooring clean is to place door mats on both the inside and the outside of the exits. This will greatly reduce the amount of dirt and debris that’s tracked onto your floors. Door mats are easier to clean, and much cheaper to replace. Encourage guests to stay outside as much as possible, and if they have to come in, request that they take off their shoes.

CERAMIC TILE – Wipe up spills quickly on ceramic tile, especially acidic foods like BBQ sauce. The tiles will not soak up any stain, but the grout can! Use a soft damp mop to clean. String mops are the best kind because the strands can get into the grooves to clean the grout where the dirt really tends to stick. Make sure not to use any abrasive cleaners or tools because they could scratch the glaze on the tiles.

VINYL – Vinyl floors are quick and easy clean up! Get those spills cleaned up as soon as possible with paper towels. Once the excess is cleaned off, hit it was either a cleaner specific to vinyl, or a gallon of hot water mixed with a cup of apple cider vinegar.

HARDWOOD – Your hardwood floors need special care to stand the test of time. If you need a quick clean up, use your broom to clean up debris with a broom or a vacuum with the floor brush attachment. Never use the beater brush on your hardwood floors, as this can cause damage. Clean up those messy spills as soon as possible so that the stain doesn’t set. Then use a commercial grade wood floor cleaner. Make sure not to put too much excess water on the floor, this can cause water spots or warping. Wipe up excess water with a soft towel.

CARPET – Similar to any other flooring types, spills on your carpet need to be cleaned up right away to prevent them from setting in. If a party guest spilled and you didn’t notice it until much later, use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the stain. After letting it sit for 3-5 minutes, dab it (do not rub it in) with a damp cloth to absorb any of the spill.

SLATE – For slate floors, an easy paste of baking soda and water works wonders for acidic stains like ketchup, juice, BBQ sauce or wine. For more stubborn stains, try scrubbing with a soft bristled brush and a bit of rubbing alcohol.

No matter what type of floor you have, Fourth of July parties are going to bring lots of people and potential spills and dirt into your home. Help combat stains and damage by placing mats at entrances, encouraging guests to take their shoes off, and cleaning up any spills or dirt as soon as they occur. If you’ve got some stubborn stains or any questions about cleaning your floors, contact us right away!