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How to Protect Your Floors from Damage This Holiday Season

how to protect floors this holiday season How to Protect Your Floors from Damage this Holiday Season
Fall is in full-swing, which means the holidays are just around the corner! The holiday season is filled with joy, great food, and quality time with relatives. This time of year may seem like all fun and games, but it can also be a very stressful time for homeowners. You have to plan meals, host guests, and protect your house from holiday havoc.

One area of your home that’s often hit the hardest during the festivities is your floor. Holiday meals in the dining room often lead to wine or food stains, and guests’ shoes can leave behind scuff marks and dirt. Everything you love about the holidays could also cause damage to your beloved floors.

From stains to scuff marks, it may seem impossible to protect your floors during this busy time of year, but think again!

Whether you have hardwood or tile, we’re here to help you protect your flooring during the holiday madness. It may seem like a difficult task to take on, but it can be a lot easier than you think. What if we told you that a few simple items could help you avoid a lot of stress this season?

Invest in these five items to protect your floors and have a stress-free holiday season:
  1. Area Rugs and Mats
  2. Furniture Pads
  3. Shoe Rack
  4. Durable Dinnerware
  5. Artificial Christmas Tree

Area Rugs and Mats


Placing area rugs and mats in high traffic areas around your home can help protect your flooring from holiday guests. Hardwood and laminate flooring are susceptible to scratching and chipping. A rug in the dining room—where you and your guests will be spending a lot of time eating—will help protect your flooring from fallen food or dinnerware.

Another great place to put a rug or plastic mat is under the Christmas tree. A live tree can cause water or sap stains, while the tree holder can leave scratches on your floor that will last long after the season has ended.

When buying a rug, avoid picking out the rubber or foam-backed type because they trap moisture below them—which could discolor your flooring. To get your home looking extra festive, try purchasing holiday-themed rugs. Protecting your floors doesn’t have to be boring!

Furniture Pads


The holidays can often mean having extra furniture around the house to help accommodate your guests. If you’re moving your furniture around for a party or putting out folding chairs and tables, make sure to put pads on chair legs as well as other furniture.

You can buy furniture pads just about anywhere, including Amazon. They come in all shapes and sizes and are relatively inexpensive. Plus, installing the pads is pretty simple and can be done in a matter of seconds.

Follow the steps in this simple step-by-step guide from SFGate.com to protect your floors with furniture pads:
  • Place the piece of furniture on its side and dust the bottom of the leg.
  • Peel the pad and center it on the leg.
  • Hold the pad down for about 10 seconds to create a seal, and you’re done!
Just remember to replace the pads when they start to look worn down or they fall off, and they’ll keep your hardwood, tile, or laminate floors looking like new.

Shoe Rack


Letting your guests walk around your home with their shoes on can wreak havoc on your floor! If you live in Phoenix, you don’t have to deal with your guests trekking in snow, but they can still bring dirt and other debris into your home. Their shoes can also leave marks on your hardwood or tile flooring that are a pain to scrub off.

Avoiding this mess is easy: just ask your guests to keep their shoes by the front door. But instead of telling every guest to take their shoes off at the door, provide a shoe rack and have your first couple guests lead by example. Not only will this simple request protect your floor from outside debris and scuff marks, but it’ll make your after-party cleanup so much easier.

Don’t want to buy a shoe rack? Make your own! This DIY shoe rack can get the job done and help spice up your entry-way.

Durable Dinnerware


Breaking out the good china may be one your favorite parts about the holidays, but it could also put your floor in jeopardy. Fancy dinnerware may impress all your guests, but one broken glass or plate could leave your floor damaged.

Instead, save your dinnerware for a more intimate gathering and choose a more practical option. Paper or plastic plates may seem drab, but there are plenty of elegant options to choose from. You don’t need to settle for flimsy old paper plates!

This simple switch could save not only your irreplaceable china (no more broken plates), but also your tile flooring (chipped tile is never in style).

Artificial Christmas Tree


Christmas cheer often comes from the scent of pine needles from your freshly cut Christmas tree. This holiday staple may make your home smell Christmas-y, but it could also be a nightmare for your floor.  That beautiful tree can lead to scratches, sap stains, and water spots on your hardwood or laminate floors.

Although your holidays may seem incomplete without that signature smell, an artificial Christmas tree may be the answer to your problems. An artificial tree is not only friendly to your floors, but is also a smart investment! Real Christmas trees can cost upwards of $100, while artificial trees are similar in price, but you don’t have to buy a new one every year. And if you really miss the pine smell, you can always recreate it with a candle or air freshener.

Be careful when purchasing your artificial tree, as many are made with harmful plastics, such as PVC.  Look for a tree that’s made from polyethylene, a safer alternative to other plastics that also has a more realistic look and feel.

Check out these simple tips and tricks for finding that perfect Christmas tree for your home!

Relax and Enjoy the Holidays


Now that your floor is ready to take on the holidays, so are you! Enjoy the delicious food and time with the family, and take time to relax. Remember: this magical time only comes once a year.

Make sure to check back with us after the New Year for help with your post-holiday cleanup.