Winter Carpet Cleaning Tips
The winter season is a cold, messy season in which moisture in the form of snow and ice is tracked routinely into the house.
The ice and snow can find its way to your carpets, leaving wet spots and stains that are bad for the material. Common winter stains come from road salt, dirty snow or slush, and even soot from a fireplace or wood burning stove used to warm your home.
Removing Salt Stains
1. In a spray bottle, mix ½ warm water and ½ white vinegar. A dish-washing detergent solution may be used instead, but it may not be as effective.
2. Spray the stained area with the solution. If you’re not using a spray bottle, just pour a small amount into the area.
3. Use a brush or a cloth to gently stir the salt to the surface.
4. Press a dry, clean towel over the wet area, dabbing gently so you don’t force the stain further into the carpet.
5. You can follow with a wet/dry vacuum to get out any excess salt or solution.
6. Make sure the area is well ventilated as it dries since vinegar is a very strong smell.
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Tackling Dirty Snow/Slush Stains
1. If the slush or snow is still frozen, remove any excess from your carpet with a dry cloth.
2. Mix soap and hot water and apply to a clean cloth; press the carpet to remove the stain, working from the outside to the center until the stain is gone.
3. Rinse the carpet with a little bit of cold water and use a clean, dry towel to pat dry.
4. Once the carpet is fully dry, vacuum up any dirt that remains.
Eliminating Soot Stains
1. Gently vacuum up any excess soot with the hose of a vacuum, as to not grind the ash into the carpet.
2. Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, baby powder or other absorbent onto the stain and let stand at least an hour before vacuuming again
3. Apply a dry-cleaning solvent, such as rubbing alcohol, acetone, mineral spirits or a commercial cleaner to the back of a clean cloth and blot gently, working from the edges of the stain to the center until stain disappears
4. Blot the carpet with a dry sponge or cloth until the liquid is absorbed,
5. Make sure the area is well ventilated until the carpet is fully dry
Stubborn Stains and Routine Maintenance
1. Contact Green T Carpet Cleaning—our industrial cleaning trucks clean your carpet with temperatures over 140 degrees, which is only achieved with commercial-grade truck-mounted carpet cleaners and not with retail-grade cleaners or rental units.
There are a couple of different advantages to having your carpets professionally cleaned in the winter. The first advantage is that carpets generally stay cleaner in the winter because dust and allergens are less prevalent. Throughout the spring and summer, dust and allergens are swirling around the air and find their way into homes that are more open during these months and settle into the carpet. Professional carpet cleaning methods such as the hot water extraction method used by Green T will effectively remove these allergens, keeping your home and carpets clean through the duration of the winter. Removing these allergens from your carpet in the winter will make for a much cleaner home as well as it stays closed up and free of these allergens that are more prevalent in the spring and summer.
The second advantage to having carpets professionally cleaned in the winter is that the drying time is much shorter. The air is drier in the winter which causes the water from the carpet to evaporate much faster. The high moisture levels in the summer prevent carpets from thoroughly drying properly which can lead to problems such as mildew, mold, and carpet delimitation caused by excess moisture. Having professional carpet cleaning done during the winter not only removes debris such as dust and allergens from your home, but also ensures that the carpets will dry safely and more thoroughly.
Protect Your Carpet from Future Stains
1. Keep your walkway free of snow and slush by shoveling, snow blowing or hiring a snow-removal service.
2. Avoid the dirty snow all together if you can by parking and entering your house through a garage.
3. Set up a shoe rack at your front door and ask that family members and guests remove their shoes at the door
4. Invest in two welcome mats–one to stomp on outside and remove as much snow as possible and one inside to stand on while removing shoes.
5. Use runners or winter rugs along heavily trafficked hallways and rooms.
6. Put a pen around your pet door so pets can come inside, but can’t leave a rug-covered area until you get the chance to wipe their paws.
7. Have a protective coating applied to your carpet after cleaning, FREE when you sign up for the Green T Carpet Maintenance Plan!