Regardless of whether you see winter as a time for frosty frolicking or cowering under covers, the effect it can have on your carpets is undeniable. Dirt, sand, slush, and salt can be tracked indoors and become trapped in carpet fibres. Extra heating from the furnace or a fireplace can also increase the amount of dust in the air that can get further embedded in your flooring. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to ensure proper flooring maintenance during these slushy, soggy, and snowy months. Consider these winter tips to help keep your carpet clean and in top condition.
Vacuum and Dust More
Winter means that you need to increase how often you engage in carpet cleaning. Ideally, you will be vacuuming your carpet twice a week. This is a valuable, proactive step that will suck away all those annoying particles of dirt and salt and the like before they can dig deep and get entrenched. Another important carpet maintenance activity is dusting. You should aim to dust on the same day you do the vacuuming, though you only need to dust once a week. Make sure to get the ceiling fan blades, door moldings, and other easy-to-overlook areas where dust can hide out.
Not everyone removes their shoes upon coming inside, and sometimes we leave our boots on when running to take care of some small task before heading out or when making short stops. Breaking yourself of this habit can help preserve the longevity of your carpets by sparing them the extra wetness and grime. Taking a few seconds to slip your shoes on or off won't make or break the schedule, so all you need is some extra mindfulness.
A good winter tip is to grab yourself a pair of those heavy-duty door mats and place one outside each entrance to your home. These mats will take the brunt of the grime, snow, salt, and other debris and keep them away from your carpets. Even better would be to add entrance matting inside each entry to ensure no dirt travels further into your home. A related way to promote flooring maintenance is to create a space with raised edges near the door that can be used to hold wet footwear and keep water from running into the carpets.
Your carpets and rugs should get steam-cleaned a least once over the winter. A good time to do this is after the holiday rush when they have likely been subjected to increased traffic. In addition to helping clean the carpet, a steaming will breathe a bit of new life into the fibres and refresh the carpet's appearance.
Mind the Fireplace and Furnace
While it's fine to turn to your home's fireplace and furnace to stay warm and comfy, it's important to make sure to keep them properly maintained. Your fireplace should be cleaned at least once a week if it is used regularly or else the ash will build up and can spill or be blown out into the surrounding floor or carpet. For your furnace, you should aim to change the filter on a monthly basis. This is a good winter tip in general since clogged filters will raise your energy bill as the furnace has to increase output to compensate. It's also good preventative maintenance for your carpet, since clogged filters can't remove dust and particles from the air as effectively.
Get Top Wintertime Carpets at Centura Tile
Centura Tile has been a leader in flooring since 1933. Over the decades, Centura has developed an extensive inventory of tile and carpet options suitable for any environmental conditions and home decor expressions. We pride ourselves on our knowledge and expertise and are always eager to help homeowners keep their flooring in top condition.
To learn more about flooring options, different tile or carpet types, or to ask other flooring queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.