The Nitty Gritty of Salt and Sand

Winter Home ProtectionWinter is just around the corner. And with it comes snow, slush, salt and sand! While salt and sand are necessary for safe travel, they can do a number on your driveway and interior floors. Before we have our first big round of snow, read up on ways to protect your property!

Outside …

One way to help shield your driveway is to seal it. It’s also a good idea to minimize the amount of ice melt or rock salt you use to protect your concrete or asphalt. If you’re able to get your driveway and walkways cleared quickly, you may not need much, if any at all.

Remember, salt and de-icing chemicals also gather on your vehicle. If you park on your driveway, these materials can then drip onto the concrete and cause damage. For this reason, it’s best to park in the garage during inclement weather, when possible. You’ll also want to hose out your garage on warmer days to clear residue that can cause damage – just don’t hose the chemicals back onto your driveway!

Inside …

There are steps you can take to protect your interior floors as well. For starters, keep mats at all entries to wipe and collect dirty winter shoes. Removing shoes at the door and not allowing shoes to be worn indoors during winter is the best way to prevent tracking salt and sand onto your flooring or carpet.

Vacuuming regularly can also help catch any residue that makes it in the house. To avoid scratching or damaging wood floors, clean up any sand or salt that is tracked in as quickly as possible.

Do you have other tips to protect your property during winter months? Leave a comment below to share!