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.
This is a great time of year! There are barbecues and bonfires; summer parties and swimming pool gatherings. Although many in the Northern Virginia area belong to neighborhood pools, we see many homes with private pools. If you’re looking to change the flooring in your home, or in the space that’s closes to the pool, you’ll have to choose carefully. You don’t want to put the most expensive type of flooring there, but you also don’t want to skimp on it either. The ideal flooring is nonslip, resists water and fits your budget. Of course, it has to look nice too!
Of course, the first thing you have to consider is the cost. After you’ve decided what your budget will be, it’s important to choose a flooring that fit your design. Here are some options we think are best suited to your room by the pool!
Vinyl Flooring withstands water beautifully, however, it’s also notorious for being slippery. You could choose to go with a wood or luxury vinyl, however, it’s best to avoid tiles. Vinyl tiles require extensive subfloor preparation; water can seep through tiles and ruin all of the hard work (and money) you put into that space.
Although Ceramic and Stone Tiles can be pretty pricy they’re also one of the best options for a space as unique as yours. There is also a need here for a subfloor as there is in Vinyl Flooring, however, the tiles are more customizable and non-slippery. If you choose to go this route, you’ll have to make sure your foundation can support the extra weight.
Hear us out; nonslip carpet could you be one of your easiest, and most affordable options. Contemporary waterproof carpet is a combination of natural and synthetic fibers that makes your room look cozy, resists water, and finishes any room in the house. You can also install this over a bare subfloor (it includes its own underpadding)
If you’re currently adding a pool to your backyard, or are planning on changing the flooring in your home to accommodate your pool, come in and see us! Our designers will help you select the perfect flooring for your space, and work together with your contractors as well!