How to Refresh Your Carpet After Winter Wear and Tear
No matter how strict a no-shoes-in-the-house policy you may have, carpets inevitably take a beating during the brutal winter weather. As well as the typical ice and snow that seems to track its way in, there’s the salt and other dirt and pollutants that melt their way into the floors and carpet of homes in Rosemount MN. It’s time to give your carpeting some TLC and get it back to looking its best this spring.
Obviously, vacuuming is the first step. Realistically, it should be done once or twice a week, particularly in high-traffic areas. Regular vacuuming with slow, steady movements, in multiple directions, helps to pick up not only the visible dirt, but also the various molds, allergens, and other pollution that work their way into the home and can lead to health issues. If you have pets and children, you may want to vacuum the high-traffic areas even more frequently.
However, even with regular vacuuming, you’re eventually going to need to give your carpeting a deeper cleaning. Whenever possible, it is best to turn to professional carpet cleaners to give your carpet a thorough cleaning once a year. They have the appropriate tools and treatments to solve a variety of carpeting issues. After all, different carpets have different problems and need specific care to help them look more like new. For example, matted or crushed carpet typically needs a dry extraction treatment to refresh the fibers.
Steam cleaning typically takes care of most stains that occur, and can also help with pet accidents. However, between major steam cleanings, use spot-cleaning products to prevent the stain from setting. Be sure to make sure the product you use is right for your type of carpet and check your carpet’s warranty to make sure you’re not voiding it in the process.
Obviously, a professional steam cleaning will likely be more effective, thanks to more powerful machinery and cleaning products designed for specific stains and carpet materials. However, if you can’t afford to have your carpets professionally steam cleaned, you can rent a steam cleaner from your local grocery store or hardware store, though you usually have to purchase the cleaning solution separately. Professional cleaners can remove more of the moisture, so if you steam clean it yourself, be sure to open the windows and set up fans to help dry the carpet completely.
The carpet in homes in Rosemount MN takes a beating during the winter months, but if you make use of protective mats in the high-traffic areas and vacuum and steam-clean according to need, your carpeting should last through a few more Minnesota winters.