Rainy days can mean lots of water, dirt, and debris getting tracked inside your house on wet shoes and muddy boots. Water on the floor is a fall hazard and may also cause damage to your flooring. Dirt and debris tracked in on shoes can make for a cleaning nightmare.
1.Take wet shoes off at the entryway to help contain dirt and moisture. Have a mat inside your doorway for wiping off wet shoes as well as a rubber mat or boot tray to leave the wet shoes to dry off. You may consider storing a basket of old towels by the door as well, since these can always be spread out on the floor if you are expecting a large group of people and do not have enough room on the mat for wet shoes.
2. If you have pets, keep a basket of towels by any entrance ways they use. Wipe their paws before they come back inside the house. Consider limiting access to a doggie door to prevent your pet from coming inside on a rainy day before you can wipe their paws and tracking moisture and debris all over the house.
3. Remember that wet clothes and bags can also drip water through the house. Have a coat rack by the entrance way for hanging up bags and coats and keep a hamper in the nearest bathroom if your children have clothes soaked from being outside in the rain.
4. If water has dripped on your floor, wipe it up right away with clean, dry cloths. You can use a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris that may have been tracked in as well. Old, wet leaves from the previous fall, flower blossoms, and cut grass tracked in on shoes may all stain the floor, so pick this debris up as soon as possible to prevent damage.
5. If your carpet has gotten wet or dirty, blot it dry with clean, dry cloths as much as you can. Use a carpet cleaner that is color-safe for your rug on the dirty spots or try club soda to lift the stain. Vacuum the stain after treating and repeat the treatment if necessary.
6. If you lack a great entryway with room for mats, try to create one as best as you can. You could use an area of the garage or porch for mats to take off wet shoes.
Spring is an amazing time to plan a remodel of your home. The weather is warmer, which is conducive to drying cement and paint. Longer hours of daylight also give you more time for remodeling work. You can leave the windows open in case paint aromas linger and it is unlikely that your remodeling project will be interrupted by inclement weather.
Here are some looks that are hot this spring!
Open kitchen-family rooms are on trend in today’s home market. A large kitchen that opens up into a family room is highly desirable and also creates a welcoming, intimate space for you and your family. An island with a breakfast bar provides more prep area as well as a casual dining space in the kitchen. Bright, well-lit open spaces with sleek, clean-lines are great for resale value while also improving your enjoyment of your home! Natural-looking floors in the kitchen look amazing in bright spaces with hardwood becoming very popular choice for the kitchen! Talk with your contractor about how you can achieve this look in your kitchen!
Homeowners today are more likely to choose a house with a larger shower space. A shower space that is separate from a luxurious tub is very appealing if you have the room for it. Larger shower spaces can often accommodate a place to sit down, big round showerheads, and elaborate shelving. Bathroom floors are traditionally made of ceramic tile since it is waterproof, easy to repair or replace, and easy to keep clean. In areas with a lot of moisture, tile is a great choice. Ceramic tiles come in many styles and can be adapted to almost any décor, so talk to a flooring specialist about the look that may be right for your bathroom!
Grays have really been embraced in the past few years. Grays are often very versatile and take on the hues of other colors in the room. This spring has shown a shift towards bolder jewel-toned paints, ranging from emeralds and amethysts to opal-inspired neutrals. Gray is still very much on-trend and here to stay though so if you like the open, airiness look that a light neutral gray paint can lend to a room, it is a great choice.
Flooring has really evolved in recent times from a walking surface to a major design element of your space. With it has come so many choices, many advancements in technology, manufacturing, and design. Some new trends for 2018 include installing green flooring made from materials like bamboo or cork, natural-fiber carpeting, or reclaimed wood. Talk to a flooring specialist about how these may be a great choice for your home!
Hardwood floors are here to stay and for good reason, since their beauty and durability bring timelessness to your home. New trends in hardwood floors include using varying plank widths for a one of a kind look! Historically, this is how hardwood floors were installed wince builders were more thrifty and would use every part of the tree, leading to variability in plank widths.
Distressed wood flooring is also popular since they are eco-friendly since they use reclaimed wood materials as well as complements the style of both modern and farmhouse style homes.