The time has come where our home needs extra loving care as it braces for dripping umbrellas, wet shoes, and muddy boots. Most problems that we encounter in our home interiors are one way or the other related to excessive water moisture. Moisture lurks beneath laminates, wooden floors, carpets, vinyl and tiles can cause molds, blistering, staining, peeling, delamination, plank gaps and splits.
Here are some things we can do to prevent cleaning headaches from happening.
Let the mud dry first. Tackling wet mud may smear, cause stains, or push the dirt in further. If it gets on the carpet,Good Housekeeping Philippines recommends letting the mud dry then vacuum or scrape off as much of it as possible. Mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid detergent with two cups of warm water. With a white, clean cloth, sponge the stain with the solution and blot dry. Repeat until the stain disappears. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.
Do your floors a favor with a doormat. Make sure that everyone uses the mat before entering the house. A resin-coated one is the best deal with wet or soiled soles because it’s easy to clean. For moms like Lhen Perez, she simply has shoes-off policy before entering the house.
Collect your rainy weather gear near the entrance. Mom Marissa Scroth recommends having an umbrella rack (don’t have one? Your laundry rack or a canvas bin can do the job) and dirt trap mat right outside their main door. She puts a plastic or pail where muddy shoes are placed and brought straight to the area where it will be washed. There is also a long rag (you can use an old towel) inside the foyer to absorb moisture from wet feet.
Use steam on water spots. If any of your upholstery get water spots, hit it with a blast of steam from an iron or garment steamer. Make sure your iron is emitting steam only; if it spurts water, that will only add to the problem. Know more about water spot removal in Good Housekeeping.
Blot puddles on wooden floors immediately. Use an absorbent cloth to dry it. Good Housekeeping recommends following it up with a damp paper towel to remove any residue and buff dry. When you see a light scuff, buff it out with a sock; even a clean, fuzzy tennis ball will often erase it. To remove heavier scuffs, apply a little baking soda to a damp cloth and gently rub the mark until it disappears. Rinse with a damp paper towel and buff dry.
Consider coating your floors. If you have money to spare and want to keep cleaning to minimum, coating your floors may help. Two you may want to check out:
Wax It penetrates deep into your wooden floors so it effectively can provide temporary protection from moisture. Just make sure that floor is free from dirt and dust because wax seals in residues. The frequency on waxing your floors depends on the type of floor you have, the wear-and-tear or foot traffic your floor gets. Stone, wood or laminate have different waxing needs. Generally speaking, waxing for these floors in every 3 to 6 months should be efficient.
Polyurethane The versatility of polyurethane application has grown because it can be applied to different surfaces like metal, wood, plastic and stone. You may need to plan ahead if you wish to coat your floors with polyurethane because it will mean you will have to move everything above ground when you decide to use apply it on the floors. The outcome though may be rewarding because polyurethane’s protection is essentially waterproof. The hard surface seals out water, oil, solvents, mud, and dirt. It’s an excellent protection from oxidation and humidity that cause corrosion and discoloration.
Shut your windows closed. We know that should be a given but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to forget this task until we find a puddle inside the home. Once you see the storm clouds rolling in, make it your first task. Stay safe and keep dry!