Tips for Keeping Carpets Clean During the Winter
Wintertime means snow, ice, sleet, and rain, as well as salt, dirt, and sand that is going to get tracked into your Toronto home. If you have pets and children, there is even more increased traffic coming in and out of the home. The sand, dirt, and salt get trapped in carpet fibers and salt causes a whitening to hardwood floors. In addition, you have to heat the home with your furnace and fireplace, which also creates additional dust that gets trapped in the carpet and onto floors.
There are several different things you can do to help keep your home clean during the winter. Here are a few ideas you can incorporate into your cleaning schedule to maintain the appearance of carpeting and hardwood floors throughout the winter.
Vacuum and Clean Floors Twice a Week
Increase regular vacuuming and mopping to twice a week. You do not have to do both chores on the same days. By doing these a few times a week, it will reduce the amount of salt, sand, dirt, and dust in the carpeting and on the floors.
Dust Once a Week
Everyone hates dusting, but if you want to keep the home clean, you are just going to have to make sure to do this chore, at least during the winter. Remember to dust ceiling fan blades, around window and door moldings, and other areas you normally overlook. Try to do your dusting in areas within your home on the same day you are vacuuming carpets or mopping the floors.
Change Furnace Filters Monthly
Furnace filters can quickly become dirty and clogged in the winter months. A clogged filter cannot remove as much dust and other unwanted particles from the air. In addition, dirty filters increase your energy bills because your furnace has to work harder to heat the home. By changing filters monthly, you ensure your furnace is able to remove as much dust and airborne particles as possible.
Use Door Mats
Place heavy duty door mats on both sides of entry doors into the home. The mats will help collect some of the salt, sand, dirt, snow, and water and keep it off of your floors and out of the carpeting. You should also try to take boots and shoes off outside, before entering the home. If you do not have somewhere to store you boots, get some cookie sheets with raised edges and use these to place wet boots and shoes on.
Clean the Fireplace Frequently
If you have a fireplace and use it on a daily basis, you need to clean the ash out of it at least once a week. The ash can easily get spread into the home and into the carpeting or on your floors, especially if you have a fireplace blower fan.
Steam Clean Carpeting and Area Rugs
Have your carpets and area rugs steam cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning company in Toronto, at least once during the winter months, like after the holidays, for a quick touch up to refresh the carpets appearance. Once spring arrives, have the carpet cleaning company return to do a more detailed carpet cleaning and make any needed carpet patching and carpet repairs.
For experienced assistance in keeping your carpeting clean through the winter, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Carpet today at 647-800-5199. We offer a wide variety of area rug, upholstery, and carpet repair, patching, and cleaning services, as well as water damage and restoration services for residential and commercial customers in the Greater Toronto Area.