The winter months can wreak havoc on your carpet, vinyl and hardwood floors leaving a white residue for everyone to see. But what is that white dry stain on your floors and is it dangerous to your hardwood floors and finish? The stains you are seeing includes residue from snow and ice melt. Unfortunately, your floors take the beating during these cold months due to people tracking salt and snow residue in on their shoes and clothing. These stains are easily preventable and are not considered harmful to your floors if attended properly. So, you might be asking, what should I do? A great solution to prevent snow and ice melt stains is to use a reliable matting system. This eliminates guests from tracking in unwanted contaminants on your floors. Also, the mat is much easier to clean as you can just wash it. Over 80% of dirt and residues are brought in by people entering the facility. A good entrance matting system can trap 90% of what is brought in!
By using an indoor matting system, the mat is more likely to pick up snow and ice melt that is tracked in from the outside on our shoes, coats and clothes. We recommend finding a high thread count mat with a rubber back to avoid slipping. Many higher quality rubber mats are made from recycled water bottles and Tires to assist the reduction of dumping into landfills.
1.) Keep outside entryways clear. Shovel snow and ice away up to 25 feet away from the building.
2.) Scraper Mats- These types of mats contain rough threads that will trap more dirt and grime from your shoes by simply scraping your shoes before entry.
3.) Wiper Mats- These mats allow you to dry your shoes before entry by rubbing your shoes on a fast drying material.
4.) Maintenance Cleaning- Although matting can help, regular maintenance can help regulate the amount of contaminants brought in. By vacuuming the floor mats daily, you can eliminate the excess ice melt and dirt from the snow from entering the building.
Micah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.