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Tips For Preparing Your Floors For Fall And The Upcoming Holidays!

Fall is just around the corner, which means the kids will be back to school, the weather will be cooler and we’ll have a much-needed break between the summer busyness and the busyness of the holiday season. This is also actually the perfect time to give your floors some TLC. Here we’ve compiled a few tips to help you keep your floors in tiptop shape this season so you can make a good impression when friends and family come to visit over the holidays.

General Floor Care Tips

No matter the type of flooring you have, be sure to follow these general care tips:

  • Use a vacuum instead of sweeping
    Opt for vacuuming over sweeping to get rid of dust and dirt – even on hardwood floors. Sweeping tends to spread dust and dirt around on your floors while a vacuum just picks it up. This can become problematic for your floors because tiny particles like bricks and sand can have an abrasive effect on your floors.
  • Limit exposure to direct sunlight
    Just like how UV overexposure can damage your skin, the same goes for your floors. Closing your shades or blinds ever so often to prevent sunlight from shining on your floors can help slow down the discoloration and premature fading that it causes.
  • Use a Doormat at the Outside Entrances
    If you’re a shoes-in-the-house sort of person, try to strategically place mats/rugs at the entrances/exits of your home to wipe off any outside dirt or debris before entering the house.

Tips for Hardwood
During fall we might see a lot more rain and moist, humid weather. While this means you’ll have some amount of wet floors from dripping coats and wet shoes, it also means that your floors are susceptible to expansion and contraction depending on the weather and humidity. To avoid gaping between the floorboards, try to keep your indoor temperature between 60 and 70 degrees.

Tips for Carpet
As mentioned before, the rain and wet weather of fall can make things messy, and it’s worse for carpets than for hardwood or other types of flooring. To protect your carpets we’d suggest encouraging a ‘shoe-free’ environment. Also, try vacuuming more regularly. Make sure to clean up spills, crumbs, and animal hair frequently and if possible, try to avoid eating and drinking in the main areas of the house with carpet.

Tips for Laminate or LVP
Laminate flooring or Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) is the ideal flooring type for the fall and winter months. Because it’s waterproof, it will handle wet and muddy shoes, dripping clothes, spills, and crumbs much better, just make sure to regularly vacuum/mop. If you wear shoes in the house, try to keep mats at the entry points and wipe off any excess dirt, rocks, sands or other debris from the bottoms of your shoes before entering the home.

Caring for your floors is a year-round job no matter the flooring type. If you find that even with these tips and regular professional cleaning, your flooring seems to not be able to revive its shine, it may be time to consider new flooring. At NewGen Floors & More we have an extensive line of flooring options for you to choose from and we will handle the entire installation process. Just contact us to get started!

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