As the temperatures drop and snow starts to fall, the extra moisture and precipitation can wreak havoc on our carpets. You’ll find some quick and easy solutions for the most common carpet stains and spills in the winter months in this post. If you need some help getting your home in tip-top shape before hosting guests this holiday season, it’s time to discover and schedule an appointment with the best carpet cleaning Denver companies ready to spruce up your carpets.
Statistics show that carpets can hold four times their weight in dirt – maybe more!! That’s why it’s essential that carpet cleaning is part of your home maintenance plan.
Removing salt stains
If you or your children have walked on roads and sidewalks that have been treated with salt, the salt can stain your carpet. If you notice any salt residue, you must clean it immediately to avoid further damage.
1. In a spray bottle, mix ½ warm water and ½ white vinegar.
2. Spray the stained area with the solution.
3. Use a cloth or brush to stir the salt to the surface gently.
4. Press a dry, clean towel over the wet area, dabbing softly, so you don’t force the stain further into the carpet.
5. You can follow this process with a wet/dry vacuum to get out any excess salt or solution.
6. Ensure the area is well ventilated as it dries since vinegar is a powerful smell.
Removing dirty snow/slush stains
Slush forms when ice or snow melts. Slush typically mixes with dirt and other materials, resulting in a gray or muddy brown color. If the slush or snow is still frozen at all, remove all excess moisture from the carpet with a dry cloth first, then do the following to clean the carpet:
- Mix soap and hot water and submerge a clean cloth into the water and soap solution.
- Press the carpet to remove the stain, working from the outside to the center until the stain disappears.
- Rinse the carpet with a small splash of cold water. Use a dry towel to pat it dry.
- When the carpet fully dries, vacuum up any dirt that remains.
Protect your carpet from future winter stains
1.Keep your walkway free of snow and slush by shoveling, snow blowing, or hiring a snow-removal service. This will lessen the amount of slush and dirt tracked into the home.
2. Avoid the dirty snow altogether if you can by parking and entering your house through a garage. Encourage kids to enter through the garage instead of the front door.
3. Install a shoe rack at the front door for family members and guests
4. Buy two welcome mats: one for outside to stomp on and remove as much snow as possible and a mat that’s inside to stand on while taking off dirty and wet boots and shoes.
5. Use runners or winter rugs in heavily trafficked rooms, hallways, and entrances.
6. Put a pen surrounding your pet door so that your animals can come inside, but it will keep them from the rug-covered areas in your home until you can wipe their paws clean.