Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. So many things to be excited about. Seeing loved ones, giving gifts, singing Christmas carols, setting up decorations, holiday parties, and so many other things. Of course, that doesn’t mean that everything is going to be all bright and dandy. Not for your floors anyway. Winter is quite a lot of fun, especially for the little ones. All that snow just waiting for them to play in. Unfortunately, that also means all that snow, possibly mud and dirt, getting all over your gorgeous flooring. Even those who live in sunny weather all-year round can still expect the scratches, stains, and spoils caused by all that holiday cheer. We haven’t even mentioned the mess of the Christmas tree, the trampling feet of people going in and out of your home, and all the furniture you need to move around to fit all your decor and holiday guests. So, this Christmas season, instead of being the Grinch of your neighborhood and refuse any visitors over the holidays, let’s get some floor protection going on, shall we?
Place doormats outside all your entrances
A doormat is your first line of defense from dirt and debris from getting transported all over the home. At any time of the year, a doormat outside your doors will ensure dirt from people’s shoes are wiped away before they go through the front door. This is especially important during winter because a lot of homeowners (probably including you) use rock salt to make their entrance less slippery. Unfortunately, this can get stuck on shoes and end up dulling and scratching the appearance of your floor. This is why you really need, at the very least, a doormat during the holiday season. Just take note that you should avoid using a rubber-backed doormat if you have wooden flooring because water can get trapped underneath and ruin your floors.
Get some area rugs for high traffic areas
Since we’re not planning on keeping people out of your homes, you’ll need to provide some temporary floor protection for high traffic areas in your home such as hallways, dining rooms, and other key areas where you expect guests to gather along with foods and drinks. You may also need to protect your floor from furniture being moved about as people slide chairs and push tables this way and that. Area rugs can be a solution to all that. Not only will these provide protection, but they can also become part of your home’s decor.
Use stick-on felt pads
If you don’t want to invest in too many area rugs, you can still protect the floor from furniture using felt pads. You can place a felt pad on each chair and table leg to prevent the unpadded bottom from scratching the floor. One huge benefit to using felt pads over area rugs in this aspect is due to the fact that they’re more inconspicuous. And less likely to cause tipsy guests to trip. Just make sure that you periodically clean the felt pad because dust and debris can accumulate there and cause damage on your floor.
Use a Christmas tree tray
If you plan on having a real, live Christmas tree this holiday season, it’s important that you have the proper equipment to protect your living room floor (or anywhere else you plan on placing your tree/s). To prevent water from dripping or even pine needles from scratching your flooring, you’ll need to get a Christmas tree tray. Take note that it should be sufficiently large enough to accommodate any spills.
Place some heavy duty tarps in certain areas
While a Christmas tree tray is great for catching spills and needles, you’ll want to add a little bit more coverage to protect the hardwood floor (or carpet, for that matter). A heavy duty tarp underneath the tray will ensure that any messes that the tray fails to catch lands on it instead of your floor. Heavy duty tarps are also good for more than just that. You might want to place one just inside your doors where your pet can stay after a trip outside. This allows you to keep his/her dirty paws away from your floors until you’ve had time to wipe them with a towel. Of course, you’ll have to train them to wait for you there but that’s a different problem altogether. Also, a tarp can be an ideal location to place muddy boots and shoes after spending time outside. You can have slippers or just go barefoot or with socks around the house to avoid tracking anything onto your floors, carpets, etc. This also helps avoid any scuff marks from your guests’ shoes.
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Use a boot tray
If a heavy duty tarp isn’t your style, you can always go with a boot tray for your dirty shoes. These can be plastic or rubber. Just make sure that you place a small towel underneath to prevent any water from dripping/spilling onto the floor.
Clean up any messes ASAP
While you’ve already made sure your floors are adequately protected, this does not prevent messes from occurring. If people still have their shoes on, there’s still a chance that some dirt, snow, or mud will get on your flooring. “Accidents” with food and drinks are also other things you cannot control. But there’s no need to despair. You just need to have a “cleaning kit” on hands such as a roll of paper towels or a microfiber cloth as well as a spray bottle of floor cleaner or carpet cleaner. This way, you can quickly clean up the mess without making a big deal out of things and get back to entertaining your guests.