5 Essential Winter Carpet Care Tips
A lot of things change with the seasons – things like produce and fashion styles. But not a lot of people associate different carpet care tips with different seasons. After all, it doesn’t seem that intuitive. However, believe it or not, your approach to carpet care will probably differ from one season to the next.
And that’s mostly a result of different weather patterns. Things like rain and temperature do have different effects on your carpet. So we have put together a list of useful winter carpet care tips, to help you get the drop on your carpet care this winter!
Don’t let that winter rain dull your carpet: Get a good doormat and take shoes off where possible
Winter rain: it’s cold, dreary and all around miserable. If you are unlucky enough to get caught out in it, the first thing you want to do is get out. And fast. So you would be forgiven for rushing through your front door and straight upstairs to the warm embrace of your shower. But before you do, you might want to think about taking off your shoes. Wet, dirty shoes are a carpet’s worst nightmare. The water carries small particles of grit deep into your carpet’s fibres. Once they’ve set in, they do all sorts of damage and they’re not easy to get out. So ditch the shoes – even if it means spending an extra few seconds in that nasty rain!
The best carpet care tips are proactive ones: Keep regularly applying carpet protecting products
If there’s one thing we really want to drive home it’s this: good carpet care tips are all about being proactive. If your carpet is in a visibly bad way, chances are the damage has already been done. Like we mentioned before, once that grit is in the carpet, it’s not easy to get out. That’s why frequent and thorough carpet cleaning is important – especially in winter! So lay down a towel over any wet patches and vacuum as soon as they’re dry. Believe us, it’ll make all the difference.
Winter draughts can carry debris under your doors: We suggest getting a door snake to stop them
During winter, your home might experience a strange phenomenon: the winter draught. And by that, we mean those seemingly unstoppable bursts of cold air that come from nowhere in particular. These are caused by differences in atmospheric pressure. These differences are minute, but they still have an effect. As air warms inside your home, it expands slightly. This creates a tiny, almost immeasurable decrease in barometric pressure. This causes a sort of vacuum effect, which prompts air to move from the higher-pressure area to the lower pressure area – that is, the outside of your home, to the inside. And it does so through the only gaps available to it, which are usually under your doors. The air brings with it moisture and debris, which damages your carpet. Luckily, the fix is easy: a door snake!
If the worst happens and your carpet gets wet, wait until it’s dry again to vacuum
No matter how careful you are, your carpet will probably get wet eventually. When it does, don’t worry! All you need to do is leave the patch undisturbed until it’s dry. Once it has dried, you can vacuum it. This will get most of the grit out, and keep your carpet in the best shape possible.
Finally, get a professional carpet clean twice a year: Once before winter and once before summer
As they say prevention is better than a cure. That’s why proactive carpet care tips are best. And they don’t get much more proactive than this: get a professional carpet clean twice a year. One of these should be before winter begins, so that your carpet has the best chance of staying clean, dry, and in good health during winter.
For more carpet care tips and services, get in touch with the experts at Bennetts Carpets today!