Winter is nearly here, and that means the carpets in residential and commercial locations are about to take a beating. People spend more time inside, which means more foot traffic on carpeted floors. Similarly, snow and slush get tracked in by people coming in after spending time outdoors. You can prevent your carpet from being damaged too much by taking some simple precautions. Here are three tips from Snyders Carpet Care on how to protect your carpet during the winter.

Place Mats At All Entry Points to Your Building

The best way to keep your carpets clean during the winter is to prevent people from tracking snow, slush, dirt, and mud into the building. Ideally, people would know to wipe their feet before entering a building. However, you can encourage this good behavior by placing mats at all of the entry points to a structure. You can double the protection by putting rugs on the inside as well as the outside of the door. Since everyone has to walk through two mats before they reach the carpet, most of the debris will be removed from their shoes. Homeowners can also keep a boot tray nearby to encourage people to take off their boots entirely before walking on the carpet.

Increase the Frequency of Routine Maintenance

Due to the increased foot traffic that carpets endure during the winter, property owners need to increase the frequency of their routine cleaning. For example, you should vacuum your floors two to three times a week to remove any additional dirt or road salt that has reached the carpet. You may not be able to see the grains of dirt or salt, but allowing them to remain can damage the carpet. When people walk on dirty carpets, grains of soil, sand, and salt get ground into the carpet. These grains act like sandpaper and can wear away the fibers of the carpet. By regularly vacuuming your carpet, you reduce this wear and tear, which prolongs the overall life of the carpet.

Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned During the Winter

As we explained before, allowing dirt, salt, and other debris to remain on a carpet can damage it. Increasing the vacuum frequency will help, but consumer-grade vacuums can’t remove all of the grains that are deep down in the carpet. This is why you should consider having your floors professionally cleaned at least once per winter. A professional cleaning will leave your carpets looking as good as new, and remove the deep-down dirt that could damage the carpet fibers and padding. If you live in the Dallas or Fort Worth areas of Texas, Snyder Carpet Care is here to serve your professional carpet cleaning needs.

Winter can be a tough time on your carpets, but you can prevent much of the damage by smart planning and taking a few precautions. If you have any questions about caring for your carpet, or you want to schedule an appointment, send Snyder Carpet Care a message online.

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