How to Protect Your Carpet This Winter

Summer is starting to feel like a distant memory. Fall? We hardly knew ye. That’s right. Winter is on its way and that means short days, cold weather, snow, slush and ice outdoors. Brrr!!!

Snow, slush, ice salt and ice are bad enough outside, but even worse if any of it gets into your home. More than anything, this winter, you will want to make sure that you prevent ice, water, snow and slush from getting on your carpet.

Slush and water can permanently damage carpet if the dirt or water penetrates deep into the carpet fibers. You can prevent damage to your carpet this winter with some easy tips.

Doormats

Doormats are important all year round, but especially so during the winter. Doormats should be placed in front of every entryway in your home, including the door from your garage into your home.

Doormats prevent 60% of outdoor contaminants from entering your home. Most doormats are made with a rough surface perfect for scraping your boots and shoes onto to remove any snow or slush.

If possible, provide a space near your doormats for friends and family to remove their boots, shoes and winter accessories – the further away from the carpet, the better.

If ice salt finds its way onto your carpet, follow these spot removal tips for excellent results.

Pets

Come snow or cold, your dog will still need to go outside throughout the day to do its “business”. That means wet, dirty paws and fur.

Be sure to keep a clean, dry towel or cloth right next to the entryway your dog goes in and out of and wipe their paws and fur off every time. If your dog has a lot of hair, you might even want to keep a blow drier nearby or keep the dog on your tile or hardwood surfaces until they’re completely dry.

Ice Dams

Ice dams form at the edge of your roof after long periods of snow or rain in freezing conditions. Ice dams prevent water and snow from melting and draining off your roof and instead sit on the roof.

If the snow and water sit on your roof too long, the possibility of leaks occur that could damage your roof, your walls and potentially your carpet and flooring.

You can prevent ice dams by using a snow rake on your roof after it snows. Also be sure that your gutter spouts are not blocked. If you install more insulation in your attic, that will also help to prevent leaks and damage to your roof that could lead to damaging your floor.

Christmas Tree Sap

Christmas trees are a beautiful addition to your home during the holidays, but they can also be a mess.

Be sure to regularly vacuum any pine needles that fall from the tree and that you wash your hands after touching it to prevent tree sap from spreading around your home or onto your floor.

If Christmas tree sap gets on your carpet, follow these helpful tips for removing tree sap.

If you are unable to remove the stain yourself, we recommend Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield and their drier, cleaner and healthier carpet cleaning service.

Champion Chem-Dry has experience removing countless carpet stains and they’re process uses 80% less water than steam cleaners. For the best Waukesha carpet cleaners, call (414) 545-7900 today.

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