Your flooring will bear the brunt of pretty much every activity this Christmas – Here are a few tips on how to party proof your flooring over the festive period
Guests will be coming and going, stiletto heels to and fro, and that’s not including over-excited little ones, and even pets.
Then there’s potentially candle wax spillages and dropped needles from your real Christmas Tree.
How to party proof your flooring over the festive period
1. Dirt and Shoes
Will it snow this Christmas? A big risk to floors, especially during winter, is the combination of dirt, mud and grit that’s used on roads and paths to stop them being so slippery.
Grit can be one of the biggest floor destroyers as the rock salt leaves white residue and scratches if dragged along the floor. A no shoes inside policy or asking guests to change their shoes at the door, and a ban on stilettos, is the ideal.
If that makes you feel like Scrooge, then invest in scrapers at the doorstep and mats inside every door. Even pets can track in grit and a handy tip is to keep baby wipes by the door so you can clean their paws quickly.
2. Christmas trees
It’s common sense to place your Christmas tree on a waterproof mat or bag that you can cover up with decorations and then if you over-water it won’t stain the floor.
Also invest in a funnel so you don’t overspill when watering as it can be hard to get around all the decorations.
And remember to be extra careful when bringing the tree in and removing it – wrap it up to avoid scratches, and use a tree skirt when it’s up as needles can get into hard to reach nooks and crannies.
You also don’t want people treading on them and trailing them around the house.
Any gathering or party at home always comes with the risk of spillages – even amongst the best-behaved party guests.
Have paper towels, cloths and floor spray handy means you can act quickly on any spillages, Mop up spills as quickly as you can, then spray and blot. Also, clean regularly so you don’t get a build-up of mud or grit in the busy areas like hallways.
With the heating usually on for longer during the winter months, remember that it can actually dry out floors, and in extreme cases, cause shrinking and cracks.
If you can’t bear to turn the heating down, add moisture by using a humidifier or strategically placing bowls of water in key areas.
You can even make them part of your festive decorations.
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