Pro Carpet Cleaning Tips for the Holiday Season

We know that winter can bring its own set of challenges. Did you know that carpets need extra care around this time of the year as well? The holiday season invites the potential for food stains and high traffic on carpets. On top of that, the snow and salt that collects in your carpets and sits for long periods during the winter months can also damage carpets.

To help you keep your floors clean and long-lasting, we brought you some brilliant tips and tricks. Check out our carpet experts’ advice on how to protect and clean carpets during the wintertime.

First Aid to Carpet Stains

If you spill food on the carpet, it is important to clean it immediately. Follow these steps to clean up the spills in your carpet until you can schedule a professional cleaning.

  1. Begin by picking up chunks of food using a paper towel.
  2. Gently wipe at the stain using a damp sponge. Don’t wipe in an outward direction to avoid widening the stained area.
  3. Prepare a detergent solution in a spray bottle by diluting mild, non-bleach laundry detergent with warm water.
  4. Spray the stained area with the solution and let it sit for a few minutes.
  5. Blot up the solution using a dry cloth.
  6. Next, prepare a vinegar solution by diluting vinegar with warm water in a spray bottle.
  7. Spray the stained area with the solution and let it sit for a few minutes.
  8. Blot up the vinegar solution along with the stain using a dry cloth.
  9. Spray the area with water and blot with a dry cloth.
  10. If the stain persists, sprinkle baking soda over the stain and rub it into the carpet. Let it sit for about 20-30 minutes.
  11. Wash it out with a damp cloth.
  12. Vacuum the area to remove baking soda when the carpet is completely dry.

Protect Your Floors from Snow and Salt

Whether you have carpeted floors or hard surfaces, salt residue can stick to the surface causing damage to your floors. Protection and regular cleaning are much more budget-friendly than replacing flooring!

  • Floor Mats: Put a brush doormat outside the front door of your home or business and encourage everyone to wipe snow, dirt, or salt off of their shoes before coming inside. You can place additional mats inside.
  • Cleaning Rags: Keep towels or cleaning rags near the door so you can wipe up puddles immediately.
  • Regular Floor Cleaning: Increase the frequency of your regular home or office floor cleaning for multiple reasons. Regular cleaning not only helps your floors look nice and clean, but it also provides a healthier environment for people and pets. Vacuum every day to make sure salt doesn’t sit in the carpet.

Wooden floors can be damaged by excess moisture, causing the wood to swell. If your floors have been exposed to excess moisture already, don’t panic! Because wood has a memory, it can take its original form if dried properly.

If you follow our pro tips, you will find your carpets much cleaner and lasting longer, saving you money on replacement costs for your carpet and hard surfaces. However, our best recommendation of all, is that you make sure to get regular professional cleaning and maintenance for your floors. Remember that these home hacks must not replace regular professional cleaning!

Looking for a quality professional floor cleaning? Learn more about Bolden’s carpet cleaning service here or call at 317-773-7683.

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