When you think about the perfect wintertime setting, you might picture new fallen snow blanketing the city and creating stunning scenery at local parks and outdoor ice skating rinks. Someone else might picture a roaring fire in the fireplace and being curled up on the sofa soaking that heat up while enjoying their favourite book.
No matter what images come to your mind, one thing is for certain – Our carpeting can be seriously abused during the winter months. From rain, snow, and ice to salt and dirt, there are all sorts of “outdoor” items that are easy to track into the home and get onto and into carpeting. Plus, if you have a fireplace or wood burning stove in your home, you can accidently drop ashes onto the carpeting while cleaning it out.
To help protect your carpeting and avoid unwanted staining and discoloration, our Toronto carpet repair company offers the following suggestions and tips:
- Use high quality entry mats at entrances to the home.
You would be surprised by how many homes do not have entry mats to help collect snow, water, dirt, and other debris and stop it from getting inside. A good mat will be thick and sturdy to stand up to the cold outdoors. It is also beneficial to use a second mat inside entry ways for even more protection.
- Always remove shoes after coming indoors.
Even if you have a mix of carpeting and hardwood floors in your home, removing your shoes prevents the transfer of dirt and helps keep the home cleaner. You can use extra floor mats to place wet shoes and boots on, as well as a shoe/boot storage unit to keep them organized and out of the way.
- Before cleaning wood burning appliances, put down a large plastic trash bag over the flooring.
Most fireplaces and wood burning stoves have some sort of stone finishing around them, but could be located in rooms where there is also carpeting. Placing the trash bag down will help prevent ashes from accidently getting into the carpeting. After you clean out the fireplace or stove, use a small brush and dust pan around the outside to clean up any ashes you dropped, then carefully roll up the plastic bag.
- Vacuum at least once a week.
Even with your best efforts, dirt, salt, and other soil could get into the carpeting. Vacuuming will help prevent it from getting too deep into the carpeting and prevent damaging carpet fibres.
- Make sure small tears, rips, and snags are repaired promptly.
If you notice damage has occurred, do not wait to have it fixed. Waiting will allow the problem to worsen, which can be more costly to fix later.
Once winter is over, remember to get your carpets cleaned with our professional carpeting cleaning services. In fact, most carpet manufacturers require you to have them cleaned at least once every 12 to 18 months to avoid voiding your warranty. Please feel free to call the carpeting experts at Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 for all of your carpet patching, repair, cleaning, and stretching services today!