A lot of people like to say that “April showers bring May flowers.”
And that’s true! Flowers are a lovely, beautiful part of spring, and they need a little bit of rain to truly bloom.
But anyone who’s ever been tasked with keeping a house clean knows that April showers also bring something else – mud, and lots of it.
Want to avoid seeing muddy spots and footprints in your home this spring? Sick of seeing your dog splatter mud onto your walls, or leave body prints on your clean windows? We’ve got a few ideas that might help!
How to Avoid Getting Mud in Your Home
The best way to stop spring showers from turning your home into a muddy mess? Get ahead of the game. Here are a few ways to be proactive, and keep your floors safe from dirty kids and pets:
- Limit your entrances and exits
If there are multiple entrances to your home, set strict rules about which ones your family is allowed to use during the rainy season. That way, you can contain the threat of mud to one or two areas, and spare the rest.
- Use mats and rugs
One way to stop the spread of mud is with a mat and rug system. That is – a mat on the outside of the door, and a rug on the inside. Make sure your choices are sturdy and functional, strong enough to wipe away mud and hold up to lots of washes.
- Make sure people take off their shoes
Lots of houses adopt “no shoes” policies for the positive vibes. But this is also a great way to keep your floors clean! Make sure you have a shoe rack or other holding container available by the door, so family members and guests can ditch their shoes as soon as they come inside.
- Get creative
There are all sorts of little ways you can help keep mud from getting everywhere. For instance, you may think about hanging towels right inside the entrance to your home, so people can wipe up right away (or you can give pets a nice wipe down before they get the chance to bring in mud). You may want to set up a “paw wash” station for pets, or even invest in a “boot dryer” (yep, that’s a real gadget!).
Already Muddy? Here’s How to Clean Up the Right Way
Of course, muddy footprints can sometimes get past even your best-laid plans (and your best laid outdoor mats). Looking to get rid of mud in your home? Here’s how to tackle your most important areas:
Have mud on your hardwood, walls, or tile floors? Here’s what to do:
1.) Carefully scrape away any dried up, caked on dirt or mud.
2.) Wipe the surface clean with a clean cloth and a combination of water and your favorite cleaning solution.
3.) Gently rinse and be sure to wipe the area dry.
What could be grosser than mud stuck to your beautiful area rug or carpeting? Here’s how to clean it:
1.) Vacuum up as much dried mud/dirt as you can.
2.) Make a solution of dishwashing detergent and warm water. Using a clean, soft cloth, dab the solution onto the stain and blot.
3.) Keep blotting until the stain disappears; occasionally, you may want to sub in a dry, clean cloth.
4.) Be sure that this area is completely dry, to help prevent the spread of mold and mildew.
Have muddy hands or feet left a mark on your furniture? Here’s one way to get your upholstery clean:
1.) Once the mud has dried, use a vacuum to clear away as much as possible.
2.) Using a solution of dishwashing liquid and cool water, gently moisten the stain, and blot until the liquid is absorbed and the stain disappears.
3.) Wipe the area dry with a clean cloth.
Get In Touch With the Spring Cleaning Experts
Spring cleaning can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. Add a muddy mess on top of it, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
That’s where Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service can help! Whether you’re looking for a deep clean or some light housekeeping, our professional home services can take away the stress of your spring cleaning responsibilities, and give you back time for the most important things in your life.
With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products.
Countless homeowners and property managers agree: Sweeping Dimensions always makes a sweeping effort to make life less stressful! Get in touch today for your free estimate!