Tips for Cleaning Up Those Dreaded Summer Spills

With the kid’s home for the summer, this season brings more opportunities for accidents and spills inside your home. Instead of endlessly searching the internet for the correct way to fix what may or may not be permanent damage to your flooring, keep this guide below bookmarked on your Internet browser! Take a look at our recommendations to those “oops” moments that are bound to happen to the floors in your home this summer!

 

Piles of sand

It sounds like an easy task to clean sand up off of your floors, but the trick is getting ALL of the sand and cleaning it up as soon as possible. If sand is left on hard flooring surfaces, foot traffic will spread it around and cause small scratches that will eventually dull the surface of your floors. We recommend using a vacuum to ensure every sand particle is removed from the floors, but if you don’t have one that is safe for hardwood, a short rubber broom works great as well!

 

Pool water

We know that any type of spillage on your hardwood flooring is never good, but pool water with chlorine can cause even more damage if not cleaned up correctly. The best way to clean up pool water is just to soak up as much of it as you can before it dries. If, at the end of the summer, you find that your floors have been damaged from sitting pool water, contact your local Flooring Professional to learn about refinishing the floors!

 

Sticky treats

Popsicles, slushies, and Kool-Aid, oh my! Although these treats are a great way to beat the summer heat and keep the little ones occupied, the bright colors can stain all types of flooring materials, especially carpet. Most importantly, make sure to blot up as much of the stain as possible before going in with any stain removing solutions. Afterwards, use a stain remover to soak the affected area for the recommended amount of time and blot with a clean white cloth. If you do not have proper stain remover, warm water and vinegar should do the trick. Make sure to only blot the stain, not rub, as you clean it so it does not spread!

 

Sunscreen

A necessary item during the summertime to protect your whole family from sun damage and harmful UV rays, sunscreen can also cause a huge mess in your home. The greasy nature of sunscreen makes it difficult to clean off of the surface of your flooring, but you just need a solution to cut through that grease. If you don’t have a hardwood cleaner or tile cleaner handy, don’t go reaching for chemical sprays like Windex. Use a mild dish soap with warm water and a towel to work through the sunscreen and get it up without a fuss! As a precaution, spray and apply sunscreen outside and try to let it all dry and soak into the skin before letting the kiddos inside.

There you have it folks! If you haven’t already stocked up on floor cleaning products for this summer, we suggest heading to the store so you are fully prepared to keep your floors perfect this summer!