With the colder and wetter months approaching, your carpet cleaning game must change. Every season brings different challenges when it comes to carpet care and maintenance. Today we focus on some tips that could help you keep your soft flooring looking and feeling good during autumn and winter.
Vacuum More Often
Number one rule in autumn carpet care is to increase the frequency of vacuuming. You don’t have to do it daily (unless you have pets or young children), but once or twice a week may be necessary. The reason for this is the high foot traffic as people come in and out of the house more often. It usually contributes significantly to the accumulation of dirt, dust and harmful microorganisms. They all become trapped in the carpet and cause deeper wear and tear, as well as unpleasant and sometimes dangerous health conditions.
Focus on the Quality of Vacuuming
You’ve all heard quality is better than quantity… or frequency, as the case may be with vacuuming during autumn and winter. Well, when it comes to your carpet, it needs both. Frequent dust and dirt removal is essential, but it also must be done right. Don’t rush the process, take your time and ideally, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. This is to ensure that you will get rid of the majority of dust mites and other allergens that can make you sick.
Pro tip: Always start from the lower floor and work your way up. This way you minimise the chance of spreading dirt from the carpet downstairs to upper floors.
Invest in a Quality Doormat
Doormats are fun and create a homely feeling. However, their purpose is way more serious. To protect your carpet during autumn and winter, place a thick, wide, solid doormat at the front entrance of your home. You can do the same at the garden door to fully proof your soft flooring.
Introduce New Rules
If you are not used to taking your shoes off at the door, now is a great time to build some new habits and introduce new rules for family members and guests. During wet weather, our shoes carry a lot more mud, soil and dirt. This could easily get transferred to the carpet. It may be awkward to tell your guests to leave their footwear at the door at first, but remember this is your home and therefore you make the rules. It’s done for everyone’s wellbeing, after all.
Keep the Exterior Clean
Most people put so much effort maintaining the interior of their home but totally forget about the outside look of their residence. Actually, both are connected more than you think. Dirty front exterior, fallen leaves and muddy patches on the driveway, will most certainly cause transfer of nasties inside your home and on your carpet. Keep the entrance clean and tidy, so you have less carpet maintenance work inside.
Arrange Professional Carpet Cleaning
Autumn is the perfect time to get your carpet professionally cleaned. Not only will it refresh its look and lift up your mood, but will also provide a level of disinfection and protection you and your family need before flu season starts. Professionals know how to treat different types of stains, can provide a thorough, deep clean and use specialist products that are effective, but at the same time gentle to your health.
When speaking to your carpet cleaning provider ask about scothgarding. This is a preventative measure, which involves the application of a stain repellent and reduces the risk of serious carpet damage.
Good luck with your carpet care this autumn and winter. Just know if you need us, we are always happy to respond and help customers in Guildford and the nearby Surrey areas.