With the hype for spring weather growing more and more, we often forget to prepare ourselves for the onslaught of mud, or as those in Maine call it, Mud Season.
From late March to early May, the snow we eagerly awaited melts slowly but surely to make way for the incoming spring bloom. Roads become engulfed in mud, our bean boots become a staple, and so does our attention to where we are stepping.
Not only are the agents at Sunday River Real Estate professionals in the real estate business, but also in the outdoor elements of Maine. Whether it is your first season up in the mountains or your 15th, here are a few tips, tricks, and reminders for the impending muddy days.
Wipe Down Your Furry Friends
Don’t let the warm weather and shining sun deceive you—it is muddy out there! When you let your pup into the backyard, or take him on a walk at Valentine Park, keep a towel handy for the mud he is bound to run through.
And, maybe keep some treats by the door to reward your pup for the impromptu towel cleaning.
Stick to the Waterproof Gear
Even as the temps are rising, don’t forget to keep the wool socks handy and your waterproof boots by the door. It’s common mud in the mountain often goes past our ankles, so if you are on the lookout for new boots, think about purchasing a pair of Gore-Tex boots that cover your ankles (and maybe even go to your knees).
Stock up on Boot Mats
Just because the mud is outside, doesn’t mean you need to track it inside with you. In preparation for the muddier days ahead, make sure your mudroom or entryway has a boot tray to trap the mud before it makes it onto your hardwood or carpets.
Better yet, check out the Stalwart Boot Scraper, the perfect tool to scrape the excess mud from your boots before they make their way to the boot tray!
Have a Backup Plan for those Mud Stains
No matter how much you prepare, mud will find its way onto the carpets. Use this handy checklist from Yankee Magazine to conquer mud stains from finding a permanent place in your home.
- Apply a small amount of mild liquid detergent to the stain.
- Blot the stain with a dry, white cloth.
- Flood the area with white vinegar.
- Blot again with the cloth.
- Apply a little more liquid detergent to the stain.
- Blot the stain again.
- Flood the area with water.
- Blot one last time.
So, whether you are heading into the midst of mud season, dreading the mess, or anticipating the warmer days ahead, Sunday River Real Estate is here to make sure you are covered from feet to home.