During certain seasons, rain and snow can be an issue when it comes to keeping water and muck out of your home – especially if you have kids. The entryway point gets the brunt of it, so in order to keep your home from getting dirty and water-damaged, it’s important to set it up to combat wet weather.
Here are some tips for your entryway that will help your home get through summer and winter when the wet weather is at its worst.
Wet-Weather Grime Prevention Tips for Your Entryway
Have a rough mat outside the door
Before anyone steps inside, make sure there is a mat with a rough texture in front of the door that guests can do a preliminary wipe of their feet on. This will get a good amount of the mud and grass off of their shoes before they enter.
Place a shoe tray inside the door
A shoe tray is a great spot to give everyone’s shoes a chance to dry that is water-resistant and easy to clean. There are many stylish options out there. You can find them at a variety of retailers, including Walmart and Target. Place it right inside the door so you don’t have to go very far to put down your wet shoes.
You may also want to consider offering a bench nearby that people can sit on while removing their shoes if they aren’t going to take them off outside (such as when the weather is particularly hairy).
Offer a place to hang coats, gloves, hats, and scarves
Hang some hooks by the door so people can take off their coats, gloves, hats, and scarves and hang them right up to dry. It’s smart to hang them above the shoe tray so any excess water will drip into the tray. You may also want to hang a laundry drying rack for extra space. They are especially helpful for the smaller items.
Keep cleaning supplies nearby
If a lot of grime and water is tracked in regularly, keep a few necessary cleaning supplies handy near the door so you can easily clean up as needed. A closet is perfect for hiding these things away but if you don’t have a built-in one, consider installing some cabinets that can hold the supplies without creating an eyesore.
Use the right materials
The right flooring and wall treatments will make a big difference in an entryway that is exposed to water and grime a lot. To make sure the area doesn’t get ruined quickly and is easy to clean, choose durable flooring or put down an area rug that is easy to clean (and will keep people from slipping as they enter). As for the wall treatments, opt for a type of paint that is easy to wash off in case any mud splatters on it.