You might not think much about the flooring in your home. If you’re like many, you still wear your shoes when you come inside your home, so your feet might not make direct contact with the lowest surfaces of many rooms in your home, with the likely exceptions of your bedroom and bathroom.
Hopefully, you don’t have to think about flooring much because they are clean and pristine, and don’t distract from the rest of the house because they are free of stains and blemishes. Kudos and congratulations to you if they have always been this way, as the floors of your home deserve your love and caring attention. They support you and everything in your home.
Of course, the reality is never perfect, and accidents happen, so if you haven’t yet experienced stains on your flooring, then it’s only a matter of time before you do. Knowing how to get stains out of your flooring keeps your home looking great now and into the future.
Prevention is a critical first step in reducing anything that might cause stains in your flooring.
Be careful where food and beverage are prepared or consumed. Make sure that children use sippy cups with tight lids that don’t drip. House-train pets to handle their business in specific areas, places, or times, so they don’t go on the floor where they need to.
Another critical step to take before spills are being ready for them.
Know the kinds of flooring you have and learn all you can about their cleanliness and care. Flooring, no matter what kind, will be more resistant to spills if it’s cleaned and taken care of. Rugs and carpet might not absorb moisture or liquids as quickly if their fibers are still strong, and hardwoods or tile might have protective coatings that make them less permeable.
Also, make sure that you have the proper collection of stain cleaning removal chemicals and products.
It’s often best to put these in a bucket under the kitchen sink or perhaps in a community bathroom everyone shares. The easy access means a quick response, which is critical when a stain or spill might happen.
While the specific components of your floor bucket will vary based on the kinds of flooring you have, it’s useful to have three kinds of supplies in there. The first is anything that can clean up the stain or spill immediately without rubbing it in further. That might just be a basic spray bottle and a roll of paper towels. The second is any product that might prevent a stain from setting and would just need time to sink in or air dry, and the third is any product that will remove any residual discoloration left over from an incident.
You typically won’t need all three, but collectively, they should help you keep your floors free of stains and blemishes. If not, consult a floor cleaning professional for advice and answers such as the team at Tiger Paws can help remove stains and discoloration at a reasonable price.