Throughout the winter season, residents of southwestern Ontario can expect a common household nuisance: salt and slush being tracked indoors. While road salt helps to keep our walkways safe, it can wreak havoc on carpets if not managed properly. The combination of salt, slush, and moisture can lead to unsightly stains, discoloration, and even damage to your carpets. But fear not! With a few simple tips, you can protect your carpets from the winter elements and keep them looking fresh all season long.

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Use Doormats and Shoe Trays

The first line of defence against winter salt and slush is to place doormats both outside and inside your home’s entrances. Encourage family members and guests to wipe their shoes thoroughly before entering. Additionally, consider using shoe trays or boot scrapers to contain any excess moisture and salt residue.

Remove Shoes Indoors

Implement a no-shoes policy indoors to minimize the amount of salt and debris tracked onto your carpets. Provide a designated area near the entryway for family members and visitors to store their shoes. Consider providing slippers for guests to wear indoors to keep their feet warm and your carpets clean.

Regular Vacuuming

Invest in a high-quality vacuum cleaner with a powerful suction and brush attachment to effectively remove salt and debris from your carpets. Make it a habit to vacuum high-traffic areas and entryways frequently, especially during the winter months. Pay close attention to corners, edges, and under furniture where salt tends to accumulate.

Spot Clean Promptly

If salt or slush is accidentally tracked onto your carpets, it’s essential to address it promptly to prevent staining and damage. Blot the affected area with a clean, dry cloth to absorb excess moisture, then gently dab the stain with a mixture of water and mild detergent. Avoid rubbing the stain, as this can push it deeper into the carpet fibres.

Use Area Rugs and Runners

Place area rugs or runners in high-traffic areas such as hallways, entryways, and living rooms to protect your carpets from salt and slush. These rugs act as a barrier between shoes and carpets, capturing dirt and moisture before they reach the carpet fibres. Choose rugs made from durable, easy-to-clean materials such as nylon or polyester.

Regularly Inspect and Maintain

Take the time to inspect your carpets regularly for signs of salt damage, such as discoloration, fading, or rough texture. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and preserve the lifespan of your carpets.

Deep Clean Regularly

Schedule professional carpet cleaning at least once a year, preferably in the spring or early summer, to remove embedded dirt, salt, and stains. Professional cleaners such as Kleen Rite have the expertise and equipment to deep clean carpets effectively without causing damage.

Contact Kleen Rite Today! 

Winter salt and slush can take a toll on your carpets if left unchecked, but with these simple tips, you can protect your investment and keep your carpets looking their best year-round. By taking proactive measures to prevent tracking and regularly maintaining your carpets, you can enjoy a clean and cozy home throughout the winter season and beyond. To schedule your spring carpet cleaning, contact Kleen Rite today.

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