Throw Rugs Keep Winter Grime at Bay

Use throw rugs in high-traffic areas to keep harsh winter grime from ruining tile, wood and even carpeted floors. Salt can abrade wood and tile, but carpeting can hide the dirt and wetness tracked in with winter weather until it’s too late — and then your carpeting will have a permanent dirty spot. Use carpet and upholstery cleaners judiciously, says the University of Nebraska; using the wrong one can ruin fine fabrics.

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