It’s cold, and everyone is tracking in the snow! With a husband that works out in the elements, pets, and kids, everyone is making a path straight through my living room. Keeping slush and mud out of the carpets has become a daunting task. Are you with me?
If you are trying to keep your carpet looking great here are some cleaning tips you can use to keep the house looking nice, and save your sanity. After all, no one likes a dirty carpet.
Put a mat outside the front door, and inside as well. This will help your guests to get the snow off their shoes before entering into the carpeted area.
Set a shoe caddy or decorative box inside the entry area by the front door for an organized, and visually appealing space for shoes to dry.
Have a pair of warm slippers ready for cold feet sitting by the door. Help your guests, and family to feel welcome and happy to take their shoes off
Keep a towel near the door to dry your pet’s feet before they go into a carpeted area.
Some pets are a little bit more reluctant to go outside when it is cold and snowy. If your fur baby has an accident in the house, clean it up with a mixture of 50 % white vinegar and 50% water. This will leave your protective coating intact, provide some sanitizing, and if done immediately, should prevent permanent staining. Don’t use a store-bought product. They can set stains, and sometimes bleach out the color of the carpet. If it says test in an inconspicuous area first, don’t use it.
I like the recommendation to use mats for the doors leading outside. It makes sense that having two mats for each door could be helpful because it would get a lot of the mud and water off. I'll have to keep this in mind for next winter but right now I'll have to have the carpets cleaned to ensure they look and feel good in spring and summer. Thanks for the post!
I think it's a good idea to have two different mats so that dirt and sludge aren't tracked into the house. It would probably be best to get some that are rubberized so that bits and flakes don't scrape off from the mat onto the floor. I'll have to remember the carpet tips when winter comes!
I liked your advice to set a shoe caddy or decorative box inside the entry area by the front door for an organized, and visually appealing space for shoes to dry. I am going to get carpeting for my floor, and I'd like it to stay beautiful in the snowy weather as well. Thanks for the tips!
I have two dogs, and I was a bit afraid to get a new expensive carpet as they might "have an accident" in the house. I did not know that a mixture of 50 % white vinegar and 50% water can prevent stains if I react fast! The winter is coming, and this was a very useful tip to know. Now I am sure that I will buy a beautiful carpet to give my house a new look!
I like that you mention that a mix of vinegar and water is a good way to deal with stains quickly. The winter time seems to be the worst time of year on my carpets thanks to my dogs and kinds. Once the weather warms up, I want to get my carpets professionally cleaned. They'll need it once the snow disappears!
The Pristine Carpet Cleaning family has been professionally cleaning carpets, and upholstery for over 35 years. Earlier in 2011, the boys came home from the US Marine Corps and decided they wanted to start cleaning carpets again. So, Ed the owner came out of retirement and started Pristine Carpet Cleaning. Ed's wife Ginger, and daughter Joni also joined the team.