The weather is starting to warm up here in California. As the temperatures continue to rise your family is probably getting excited to start swimming. Many people have pools on their property. Pools allow families to spend time together enjoying the outdoors. If your family frequently swims you probably have thought about how you can keep the floors inside your house safe from the water and chlorine from your pool. Even though your pool is outside it is inevitable that someone will go inside your home dripping with chlorine water to get food or use the restroom. So how do you keep your flooring safe from being ruined this summer by pool water? If chlorine does get on your flooring it will depend on what type of flooring you have how much damage it could cause. Steam Magic Carpet Cleaning has seen all sorts of different flooring become damaged from chlorinated pool water. Following is a list of the different types of flooring and what can happen to them if you do not get the chlorinated pool water off of it right away.
How to Protect the Flooring in Your House with a Swimming Pool
• Hardwood Floors: If chlorine gets on your hardwood floor its corrosive nature can cause your hardwood to deteriorate, crack, and split. It can also affect the finish and stain of your hardwood flooring. The water can be absorbed in the grain of your wood and distort your flooring. Making sure that you dry your flooring as soon as possible can help prevent this from happening.
• Carpet Flooring: One problem with chlorine getting on carpet is that it can fade the color of your carpet. Thankfully since the pool water makes the chlorine pretty diluted this is not a common problem. If your carpet is routinely exposed to chlorinated water it can eventually damage the fibers of your carpet. To avoid this you will want to make sure that you have your carpets cleaned regularly. When Steam Magic Carpet Cleaning comes and cleans your carpet we will remove any chlorine that may be in your carpet. We strongly recommend cleaning your carpets as soon as swimming season is over.
• Tile Floors: Thankfully tile is pretty resilient to chlorinated water. Simply wiping up the water off of your tile will get all of the chlorine off of your flooring. The chlorine may eventually damage your grout if it is left on your grout for a long period of time. Sealing your grout is a great way to help prevent your grout from being damaged.
• Laminate Flooring: Most laminate is water resistant these days. That is good news for homeowners with a backyard pool. If water gets on your laminate flooring you simply need to clean it off and proceed as normal.
Dry Off Before Coming in Wet from Pool
One thing that you will want to do is always make sure that you are paying attention when people are swimming at your home. Many times little children just do not think about the fact that they are covering your floor with water as they come inside dripping wet. They can only focus on the treat that they want to come in and get or the trip to the bathroom that they need to make. If you are paying attention you will be able to help them dry off before they head inside to go to the bathroom. If they just need a treat you can offer to go and get it for them. Cutting down the amount of people that come into your home sopping wet will help protect your flooring.
Clean Water Spills on Floor Right Away
By paying attention you will also be able to clean up any water spots before they cause lasting damage. Maybe you did not see someone go into your home because you were busy doing something else. Periodically checking the inside of your home for water puddles and cleaning them up right when you see them is definitely the best thing that you can do.
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If your flooring does get chlorinated water on it you should be fine as long as you clean it up right away. It is recommended that you call Steam Magic Carpet Cleaning and schedule your carpet cleaning for the end of the swimming season though to help get rid of any chlorine that has seeped into your carpet. Contact us today!