If you are hosting Thanksgiving, you are probably busy with shopping and cooking the meal, but another consideration is your floor! Hardwood flooring can take a beating on Thanksgiving and other holidays but making a game plan ahead of time can minimize any permanent damage!
Before your guests arrive, decide if you will allow everyone to keep their shoes on inside their home. You may feel uncomfortable asking people to remove their shoes, but it really keeps down the dirt, allergens, and other unpleasant substances brought into the home on shoes. Have extra floor mats out near the entrance way for people to leave their shoes, and additional mats for people to wipe off any dirt, slush, or snow before they come inside.
It is beneficial to prepare ahead of time for food and drink spills! Have a small basket filled with stain and spill essentials such as a sponge, white cotton cloths, paper towels, vinegar, and baking soda. Red wine is a common culprit for a stained floor if not cleaned up quickly. Soak up any spilled wine quickly with a wet paper towel, don’t wipe or rub it as this can expand the stain and send it deeper into the wood. If any stain remains, a paste of baking soda and mineral oil can sometimes lift a stain from a hardwood floor. Coat the paste on the stain for 45 minutes and then remove it with a dry cloth.
Oily or greasy foods like gravy or a dropped piece of pie can cause difficult to remove grease stains! Clean up any spills quickly by blotting them with a sponge, clean cotton cloth, or paper towel. Applying too much pressure or wiping will spread the grease. If caught early enough you may be able to soak up all the grease. If not, apply a cleaning solution of equal parts warm water and white vinegar, soaking a washcloth or sponge into the solution and applying to the stained area. Wipe the stain in a circular motion and avoid too much pressure to keep the stain from setting in deeper. You may have to repeat this several times to completely lift the stain.
Another option for protecting your floors is to add an area rug to your space! Rugs can cushion the dents made by animal paws and can protect from dents and scratches from children playing. Consider investing in a new one or moving one from another area of your home temporarily to help with the extra foot traffic.
Enjoy a thankful day with family and friends!
You’ve made the decision to change your flooring just in time for the holidays! We’re so grateful for clients such as yourself, and thankful you thought we were the best flooring company to put in your carpeting. We want your carpet to stay beautiful for as long as possible, and we know you do too! Here are some of our tips on how to keep your carpet clean and safe while you and your guests enjoy a wonderful meal this Thanksgiving!
Your guests are so happy to be celebrating with you, and we know you are as well, but in all of that excitement, its possible for something to spill. Don’t worry, if you act fast, you should be able to clean it up and have your carpet like new again. Get out cleaning supplies appropriate to the situation and blot the stain carefully. DO NOT RUB THE STAIN. Rubbing the stain will only dig it in deeper into the fibers of the carpet making it more difficult to clean.
Use Targeted Rooms
Sometimes people like to herd the guests in to a designated area for mingling and eating to keep the party small and focused. If you are able to keep guests in a room that doesn’t have carpeting, or isn’t where you have new carpeting, this may work in your favor. Sometimes though, some people want to be away from the crowd, and that’s fine, so long as it’s clear that no food or drinks are allowed in other rooms. Your guests will respect your wishes if you say you don’t want food or drinks going out of a certain area. Although young guests may not understand, it’s important to stand your ground.
Carpet is a magnet for dirt, especially from shoes. Ask your guests to respectfully take their shoes off as they enter the door. You may want to keep a few pairs of new slippers in your closet for those who don’t mind taking the shoes off, but need to have something on their feet. If any of them wish to step out, ask them to keep the slippers in the house. It may be a bit of a nuisance, but it will keep your carpet clean and safe from dirt!
A lot of what ends up on your carpet has to do with you (yes, you). If you don’t want your brand-new carpet stained, don’t put an open bottle of red wine on a table that’s in that carpeted room. While you’re at it, don’t put the salsa dish there either! Policing your friends and family will inevitably make them grumpy. Instead, use lighter colored appetizers or drinks, or, simply serve things like nuts or crackers or other non-staining foods in the carpeted rooms.
Enjoy your holiday tomorrow, and be thankful for the people and things that are in your life. We here at Kruper Flooring are very thankful for you, and with that wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings!