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How to keep your entrances clean

 
 

It’s a challenge to keep your home looking spotless when the cold, wet weather hits – but these top tips will keep your entranceways welcoming all winter…

Choose hard flooring

If you can select the type of flooring you have around your entrances, then it’s always a good idea to opt for hard flooring like tiles or laminate. Not only will this be easier to clean than carpet, it’ll also look smarter in the long-run as it won’t become stained or faded. Just make sure you clean with sensitive products that won’t scratch the finish.

Get a mat down

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Investing in a good, hardwearing doormat is one of the best things you can do to keep your entrances clean and clear. It will protect your floors — particularly if you have carpet down — and make sure nothing gets walked through the house. If you live in a rural area, you might want to consider two mats — a coarse one outside the front door to take off most of the mud, and a thinner one inside to catch any remaining dirt.

Keep things off the floor

Whatever the size of your entrance hall, keeping things off the floor will immediately make the space look cleaner and bigger. A rack will help keep shoes off the floor, while you can even fix a wall-mounted basket for mail and other items. However, it’s important that you remember to use the rack, and don’t forget to clean underneath it to stop your hallway from becoming dirty.

Add some coat hooks

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Ideally, you would have a cupboard in your entrance hall that you can use to store your jackets, but if that’s not the case you should still invest in some coat hooks or a hat stand. Just remember to only store those coats you actually use, to stop your hooks from becoming clogged up.

Store supplies nearby

If you’ve got pets or spend a lot of time outside in adverse weather then make sure you have everything you need to dry off, by the front door. Keep some clean towels close to hand — make sure they’re old towels if you’re going to use them on the dog — so you can make sure you’re clean and dry before moving through the rest of your house.

Clean regularly

It might sound obvious, but to keep things looking spick and span at the front door it’s always a good idea to clean regularly. Sweep and mop the floors, wipe down any services, and give any mats and rugs a thorough beating and deep-clean to get rid of any dirt. Don’t forget to open a window or door as well, to let some fresh air in.

 

 

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