Don’t Let the Snow Ruin Your Beautiful Carpets
Written by Jackie Clark on 6 Feb 2012
It may be early February when we are all dreaming of summer but unfortunately we just can’t escape the snow.
Polly and Max our trusty cocker spaniels think its great fun, and I’m sure your children who get to enjoy a few days off school will too, but sadly the snow could be disastrous for your beautiful carpets.
Protect your carpets from grit and snow stains
The grit and salt that is used to clear our roads in this weather can ruin your carpets in next to no time. After the winter period we often go to homes where they have damaged the carpet fibres and cause patchy colour loss.
With even more snow forecast for the next few weeks we thought we would share with you our top tips to make sure your carpet isn’t ruined.
In this weather it’s so important that you make sure your carpets are protected. One of the best ways you can do this is by preventing the snow and grit getting into your home in the first place.
- The first line of defence has to be a good quality, large, door-mat to encourage visitors to wipe their feet thoroughly before coming into your home.
- If you don’t normally take off your shoes as you walk in the door then now’s the time to do it. Dig out your Christmas slippers to stop the grit and salt being trampled into your house.
If you do get grit or salt on your carpets it’s important that you act immediately. Take a look at the steps below
REMEMBER – before you try out any of our tips it’s important you test your carpet in a discreet area to make sure it is colour fast.
You will need:
- A colour fast cloth. A clean towel or flannel is ideal.
- A can of Chem-Dry Spot Remover (request your free sample can now)
- A teaspoon
1. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly to remove any loose salt, dirt and other debris. This will make cleaning up the salt stains easier.
2. Following the instructions on the can of Chem-Dry Spot Remover, apply a light spray of solution to the edge of the salt marks. The carpet should feel slightly damp – not wet. Don’t tackle the whole of the marked area at once. Concentrate on a small section of it before moving onto the next.
3. Gently ”massage” the carpet area where you have applied the spray, with the back of the teaspoon, taking care to work inwards, towards the centre of the mark and not outwards. Do this for a few seconds only.
4. Blot the carpet with your clean, dry cloth. Gently dab at the carpet fibres and never give in to the temptation to rub at them or you could cause irreversible damage.
Continue with these steps over the affected area of carpet until the mark has gone and finish off by vacuuming the carpet thoroughly in different directions.
If the marks remain, call us for further advice.Call our team today on 0115 9894443