Thanks to unpredictable Colorado weather, the winter season is already upon us, and that means it’s time to break out the gloves, coats, and boots in preparation for the cold and snow ahead. That being said, another area you shouldn’t neglect during the winter is your flooring. Tracking snow and ice through the house, as well as the salt used to melt the ice on your walkway, can damage your flooring if you’re not careful, and in today’s post, we have a few tips to help maintain your flooring all winter long.

If you want to upgrade your flooring before the holidays, look no further than Gateway Design and Home in Loveland! We have an extensive selection of flooring, whether you’re looking for carpet, hardwood, tile, or something in between. Not sure where to begin? Reach out to our team to schedule an appointment with one of our experts at our flooring showroom. We are more than happy to point you in the direction of the right flooring for you.

Use Rugs and Doormats

Rugs and doormats are sure to become your new best friend during the winter months, and it’s important to stock up on both. We recommend placing a rug or doormat both inside and outside of your home to help limit the amount of snow and salt you or your family tracks into the house.

Invest In a Boot Tray

Another item you should keep in your entryway is a boot tray. A boot tray is a plastic mat where everyone can store their boots and wet shoes without worrying that the snow will melt onto the floor. Boot trays come in a variety of shapes and styles, allowing you to find one that doesn’t clash with your decor. Additionally, if you already have a shoe rack that you keep in your entryway, you can buy a boot tray to slide underneath the shoe rack to catch any moisture.

Wipe Pet Paws

As you can imagine, pets coming and going from the snowy tundra can wreak havoc on your flooring if you don’t take the necessary precautions. With humans, you can easily ask people to wipe their feet before stepping inside, but with animals, it’s another story.

If you have a dog or another animal that frequently needs to go outside, consider wiping off their paws every time they come back inside. While this may be a hassle, especially if your pet hates having their paws touched, it can greatly decrease the dirt, salt, and moisture that gets tracked inside.

Have Guests Take Off Their Shoes

During the holiday season, it’s common to have guests over to your home for various festive events. However, all the foot traffic can be damaging to your floor, especially if your guests don’t wipe their feet or take off their shoes. If you plan to have a lot of people come to your home this year, consider asking them to take off their shoes when they enter your home. Worried you won’t be able to remind every guest who steps into your house? Consider making or buying a cute sign that you can hang up on your door or by your shoes to help remind people to remove their footwear before joining the festivities.

Regularly Vacuum or Mop

In addition to all the tips mentioned above, the biggest thing you can do to help protect your floors this winter is vacuum or mop regularly. This step is especially beneficial if you use salt during the winter. We recommend making it a part of your weekly routine to vacuum your carpeted areas and mop your hardwood or tiled areas to help reduce the amount of salt or dirt that is just sitting on or in your floors.

Ready to Upgrade Your Flooring?

If your floors have seen too much wear and tear throughout the years, it may be time to upgrade, and Gateway Design and Home can help! We offer an extensive collection of flooring, from carpets to engineered hardwoods and everything in between. We’re proud to serve Loveland and the surrounding areas, and we would be more than happy to assist you with all your flooring needs. Explore our website to learn more about what we have available, and give us a call to schedule an appointment at our flooring showroom.

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