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Preparing You Mudroom For Winter Weather

By Michael Hilton

One of the best ways to keep your floors clean this winter is to prepare your home's mudroom for the onslaught of snowy boots, muddy shoes, and the other cleaning hassles that come with the season's winter weather. Organizing your mud room can also help you keep snow and mud off of your home's floors, as well as offer you convenient access to needed cleaning supplies.

Here are some tips to make your home's mudroom ready for the winter weather:

  1. Place doormats on both sides of your mud room's door. A rough bristled mat placed outside of the mudroom can help remove mud and ice from the bottoms of your snow boots, while a non-absorbent plastic mat on the inside can give you a place to dry your wet shoes where water will not pool onto your wood floors and damage them.
  2. Install some cubby's or storage bins so that you can keep track of your gloves, hats, and other cold weather clothing. Modular storage bins made of wood are available at a modest cost, but some free milk crates could work just as well. Make sure that the bins have adequate access to free flowing air and heat so that your wet clothing can dry.
  3. Keep a mop, a broom and some cleaning supplies at hand so that when your mud room's floor is filthy you can clean it. Quick access to a broom can encourage you to sweep your floors daily, which can help reduce the amount of dirt and dust that enters your home. Mopping up melted snow from your floors in a timely fashion can also help prevent water damage to your wood and laminate floors.
  4. Hang a few extra coat hooks in your mudroom and consider purchasing a boot rack for the season's needed footwear. Keeping coats and wet boots off of your floors can help keep your mudroom well-organized, which means it will be easier to clean and you'll be able to find things when you are looking for them.

Your mudroom can be the first line of defence against dirt and snow covering your home's floors, and these tips can be a smart start to preparing it for this winter's worst weather.

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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