What are the signs of damage to your flooring from the Amarillo sandstorms?
The sand and dirt left behind after an Amarillo sandstorm can act like sandpaper on all your floors, marring the shine. A dull look is a classic sign of damage created by the abrasion of sand and dirt.
With carpeting, you may notice a matted look developing. As you and the other occupants of your home walk over the carpet, the dirt will start cutting the fibers, giving the carpet a worn look.
With hardwood floors, the dirt is going to act like sandpaper against wood. Scratches start forming in the surface before the dust clouds over Amarillo dissipate. Those scratches are going to attract more dust and dirt, making it difficult to keep the floor clean in the future.
Similar damage can develop on vinyl and laminate flooring, as well.
For porcelain or ceramic tile, or stone floors, the finish can be scratched, but in addition to the damage done to the surface, the grout lines can be damaged as well. The Amarillo sand can settle into the grout spaces and over time start to wear away the bond between the tiles or stone. That makes keeping the grout lines clean and looking uniform much more difficult in the future.
How do you clean up dirt and dust after an Amarillo sandstorm?
While the infamous Amarillo sandstorm is underway, minimize the amount of walking you do across the floors in your home. Avoid wearing hard soled shoes, in fact wearing socks is recommended. You can use a vacuum to keep common pathways clear throughout the house.
As soon as the dust storm passes through Amarillo, you will need to start cleaning the dirt out. Cover a broom with pantyhose and start sweeping the dust down from the ceiling and walls to the floor. The static electricity of the pantyhose will attract the finest particles of dust. Make sure you clean windows and dust windowsills at the same time. Once you get all the dusting done, get out your vacuum and get busy. You will need to go over all your flooring several times to get as much dirt as possible.
One tip is to take some unprocessed wheat bran and sprinkle it on the carpet. The wheat bran will attract the dirt particles and make drawing them out of the carpet easier.
What preventive steps can you take for the next Amarillo sandstorm?
An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. When you know the next sandstorm is brewing in Amarillo, you need to take action to prevent dirt from getting in. You may not be able to prevent all of the infiltration, but minimizing the dirt will make a difference.
Make sure all doors and windows shut tightly. Check that there are no gaps around the edges for the dust to get in. If there are gaps, use weatherstripping or caulk to close those openings.
Be sure to keep all windows and doors closed at all times. When someone comes in the door, closing it as quickly as possible should be a priority. Place floor mats at every entryway into the home. These mats are designed to capture dirt being tracked in.
Have a “no shoes” policy in the house. Everyone entering your house in Amarillo should take their shoes off at the entryway. Hard soled shoes can grind the dirt into carpets or across hard surfaces, causing more damage than just the dirt itself.
Have your cleaning supplies ready. Once the storm passes, get the mess cleaned up. The faster you get it done, the less damage the dirt will do.
What do you do after the sandstorms pass?
Once the sandstorm is a memory for the residents of Amarillo, you will need to assess your flooring. If you find your floors worn or damaged, replacement is the answer. Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo is the place to go. We have a huge inventory of flooring options, perfect for your home. We carry hardwoods, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, vinyl, natural stone, carpet and more. If you have questions about any of our products, our services or simply desire additional information, call us today at (806) 353-6226. You can also connect with us via email. See our full line of products and services or read more About Us. We welcome you to visit our showroom and offices located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.