Muddy boots on door mat -Keeping Dirt Out of the HouseWho wants a cleaner house? It is a question most of us would answer with a resounding, “YES!” We have a few strategies for keeping dirt out of the house that while simple, make a big difference. Many take only a few minutes, and most are budget friendly. So, this weekend, why not take a couple of these steps towards keeping your house a little cleaner a little longer.

Strategically Placed Doormats

You will see a significant difference, especially during rainy or snowy seasons when you place out a few doormats. However, there are a few things to consider to maximize your benefits.

  • Outside –  Start with a rugged outdoor mat placed right before the entrance to your home. It encourages visitors to wipe their feet even before they enter.
  • Indoor – While it seems redundant, place another mat right inside the entrance. Choose one in a pattern that matches your decor. Patterns will camouflage dirt better.
  • Material –  Find mats or rugs made of durable acrylic with a rubber bottom. Cotton or woolen rugs will not stand up to the elements as well.
  • Size – The mats should measure at least one stride-length in width. That way you will ensure at least two steps worth of dirt coming off shoes.

“Leave Your Shoes at the Door Please!”

Make your home a shoe-free zone for family, and guests, too. Create an organized, welcoming area where folks feel comfortable removing their shoes. Utilize shoe racks, benches, and hooks for coats in the winter as soon as you walk through the door. That way, there is less of a chance to track dirt, mud, or snow through the house.

Pet-Friendly Clean-Up

Nothing is more frustrating than when Fido comes in from being out in the rain or snow and shakes it off in the middle of the living room. Or, if he tracks muddy paws, or drops leaves throughout the house. Set up a zone outside, if possible, with a brush and a towel (if you do not have a covered porch have an area set up right inside your door). Do a quick wipe of his paws and brush any debris from his fur. In about a minute or so, you could prevent a big mess inside the house.

Close the Door on Dirt

Sounds obvious, but it is super effective for keeping dirt out of the house. Make it a habit of going through the house and keeping doors, cabinets, and drawers closed. This is particularly the case when you are working on a project that might kick up dust. Simply keeping doors closed prevents dust from blowing through the house.

The Devil is in the Details

If it is in the budget, consider a few design adjustments to your home.

  • Solid surfaces in the kitchen and bath are easier to clean that tile counters.
  • Choose low maintenance flooring such as laminate floors.
  • Use fabrics for curtains, furniture, and throw pillows treated with stain and dust resistant finishes.
  • Strategically place gutters near or over entrances.
  • Covered or enclosed porches also help keep the elements out of your house.

As you can see with only a few adjustments, keeping dirt out of the house can be easy. Contact Spouses Cleaning Houses for a fresh, clean start. We offer spotless housecleaning at affordable prices. Our team will go through your home from top to bottom, then why not take some time this weekend and apply a few of these tips? You will definitely see the difference!