An Alberta winter is a hard season for indoor carpet, which will see more grime, mud, slush, salt and sand tracked over it in the cold than in any other season. And since winter lasts here for several months of the year, it is important to take active steps to protect your carpet from the worst effects of it. Here are 6 tips for keeping your carpets clean during winter and into the muddy spring season!
Tip #1: Keep your sidewalks and porch shovelled
I know, we detest shovelling too, but guess what? You can’t track in mounds of snow if there isn’t any stuck to your boots – Shovel those walks! Keeping your sidewalks shovelled will also help in keeping your carpets clean during winter.
Tip #2: Add additional mats at the entrance to trap soil
Purchase an inexpensive synthetic mat with a short, tight pile. Whether you’re layering this mat over top of wall-to-wall carpet or placing it on a hard surface, it will help absorb the soil and snow from the bottom of your boots.
Tip #3: Invest in a boot tray
Purchasing a boot tray like this will give your family (and guests!) a visual cue for where to put their soiled footwear. Boot trays are great because they’ll also hold the muddy, grimy water that melts off your boots and shoes, along with any sand and gravel.
Tip #4: If you have a dog, teach them to wipe their paws
This is a fun trick for your dog to learn! Once they learn the behavior, you can cue them to “wipe” when they come in. Now, instead of having to deal with the aftermath of your pet bolting up the stairs with muddy paws, you’ll have cleaner carpets and a neat trick to show off to visitors.
Tip #5: Vacuum Weekly
Vacuuming weekly will keep any dry soil that does make it past your entryway from getting ground into the carpet. Focussing on high traffic areas while vacuuming is the key to making your carpets last longer – not just stay cleaner! Over time, as abrasive dirt builds up in the carpet, it rubs against the fibres and starts to wear them down. Vacuuming helps prevent this wear and tear and keeps your carpets looking newer longer.
Tip #6: Deep Clean Your Carpets
Another key to keeping your carpets clean in the winter is getting them professionally steam-cleaned. In Edmonton, winter lasts 6-8 months of the year! There are certainly some myths surrounding having your carpets cleaned during the winter months, and we’ve addressed all of those right here: Can you get your carpet cleaned in the winter? The short answer is, yes you can! There is no better way to keep your carpets looking and feeling fresh and clean and to fight back against the mud and grime of the winter months. Contact AmSteam to book your winter cleaning appointment today and let us help you in keeping your carpets clean during winter!