It breaks down carpet fibers and scratches through protective wear layers on hard surface floors such as hardwood. The sandpaper properties cause a dulling in appearance, a ‘graying’ in the color, and a dramatic decrease overtime in the performance and life of any floor.
How do you protect your floors from this?
Well, the obvious step is to prevent the dirt and dust from outside from entering your home in the first place.
5 ~ Use welcome mats at all the entryways to the home. Make sure you use only mats that are made in the USA as the rubber on the bottom of imported mats can cause your floors to discolor. (We even have had some customers who trained their pets to wipe their feet before coming in!)
4 ~ Remove your shoes at the door. Even if you don’t have a stone lodged in the bottom or wear high heels regularly (which easily cause dents and other damage), it is very difficult to get off all of the soiling from outside.
3 ~ Regularly change the filters in the air circulation system of your home. This also helps to decrease allergens, making the air in your home healthier and more enjoyable for all. (This also increases the efficiency of the system which saves you money!)
Now, here is how to remove the dust once it is on your floor (no, we don’t want you to beat your rugs – which is very damaging).
2 ~ For hard surface floors like hardwood, you can use a dry dust mop (I find that one equipped with a swivel head is covenant and that a terry cloth mop head is the most efficient).
Probably the most important step of them all…
I hope you enjoyed these tips and found them helpful. Do you have any of your own that you would like to share?