Winter Carpet Care

Carpeting can be extra difficult to keep clean in the winter because slush and salt can easily be tracked in on boots and shoes. Salt stains are unattractive and if not addressed appropriately can damage your carpet fibers. The following tips will help ensure that your carpeting will stay beautiful throughout the winter and last for many years to come.

Clean Your Sidewalks

One of the best ways that you can protect your carpets in winter is by engaging in preventative maintenance. Cleaning your sidewalks on a regular basis will remove salt and sand from the area around your doorstep, which can prevent you from tracking it into your home in the first place. To do this, shovel the sidewalks on a regular basis and then sweep with a wide flat broom.

Provide Extra Mats

You may need more mats to be placed around your exterior doors than is necessary at other times of the year. Lay down mats outside the doors as well as inside the doors to ensure that visitors and household members have enough space to wipe off their boots before entering your home.

Vacuum Daily

Vacuum your carpets on a daily basis, especially in the areas around your exterior doors and in high-trafficked areas like hallways, staircases and in the public areas of your home. Plan to vacuum your mats on a daily basis as well, not just your home's carpeting.

Swap Out Mats Regularly

As mats get wet and covered in salt, they'll become less effective at wiping off slush and water from your boots. To ensure maximum effectiveness of your home's mats, keep an extra set available on hand and swap out wet mats for dry mats on a daily basis.

Spot Treat Salt Stains

Despite your best efforts, it's likely that your carpets will still be stained by salt and slush this winter. To deal with this problem, mix together dish washing liquid and warm water together in a bucket. Dampen a clean white rag in the water and use the rag to dab at the stain. When the stain is gone, wet a new rag and use it to rinse the wet spot with clean, warm, non-soapy water.

For more information about how you can protect your carpeting in winter, talk to carpeting experts at your local carpeting retailer. Your carpeting dealer will be able to give you suggestions specific to your home and the type of carpet you own.