San Diego flooringFor many San Diego homeowners, the holidays are a time for hosting. No matter what kind of gatherings you have planned this season, you’ll want to protect your floors from extra foot traffic and potential party fouls. Below, the experts at Floor Coverings International La Jolla have compiled a list of simple ways to protect your floors and prepare your home for the holiday season.

Keep Floors Clean

One important step to maintaining the quality of your flooring is to clean it on a regular basis. This is especially important before inviting guests over, as existing crumbs and grit can get tracked throughout the home, causing scratches on glossy or finished surfaces. Vacuum or sweep areas that will be accessible to guests to avoid this kind of damage.

Keep cleaning kits on hand in preparation for spills or other accidents. Baking soda and vinegar are great for soaking stains out of carpets, while brewed black tea and dry rags are useful for wiping sticky messes off of hardwood flooring. Keeping easily accessible kits on hand will help to make the cleaning process more efficient and less stressful during gatherings.

Entryway Precautions

The entryway is the first area of your home that guests will encounter, so bolster this space with doormats to help guests remove dirt and grime from their shoes. Use a bristly coir doormat outside to scrape away grit, and use a softer doormat inside to wipe away grime. This will help to prevent scratches on your hardwoods and discoloration on your carpet.

Declutter your entryway to provide plenty of space for guests to store bags or coats upon entering. You may even consider placing a shoe shelf by the door to encourage guests to remove their shoes before entering further into your home.

Cover Carpet and HardwoodSan Diego carpet

Since carpet is easy to stain and hardwood is susceptible to water damage and scratches, it will be especially important to protect these floors in areas of your home where guests will be present. Area rugs and runners are an easy and stylish way to cover these floors to protect them from shoes and spills.

Stick to synthetic, stain-proofed, low pile rugs for this purpose, as these will be the easiest to clean after a get-together. If you are especially concerned about messy kids or pets who will be visiting, consider a more water resistant option like sheet vinyl. This is an affordable material that can be cut to size, allowing it to function like a temporary, water resistant rug in the kids’ area.

Get Started in San Diego Today

Whether you’ll be throwing holiday parties or having family over for the weekend, protecting your floors this holiday season will be easy with these simple tips. Contact Floor Coverings International La Jolla today to learn more or schedule your free, in-home design consultation in San Diego. We proudly serve San Diego, La Jolla, Clairemont and surrounding areas.

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