The lovely month of June brings perfect weather to Colorado. It also ushers in wedding season and summer get-togethers with in-laws and outlaws.
What can you do to make your wedding or special event memorable and minimize the effect of the big shindig on your house and floor coverings?
March down the center aisle of this article with us and we will share a few tips for carpet and wool rug cleaning (cue Pachelbel’s Canon in D).
Be firm and kind
Many weddings include a reading from 1 Corinthians 13 that starts, “Love is patient, Love is kind.” Perhaps you have heard it? We all want to be kind to one another, but we don’t all share the same habits or concerns. That can lead to misunderstandings.
Good communication can help all of us be more loving and patient because it makes expectations clear.Let your summer houseguests know how you would like your home and its environs treated.
It’s easy for wedding and summer guests to unknowingly track mud, grass and dirt into your house from an outdoor party. So, be a good example. Remove your shoes in your house and ask your family members and guests to remove theirs too.
Provide special mats, boot trays or a specific, obvious place to put shoes near your home’s entrances. If a bit of rain mars your event, be sure to have clean towels available for wiping off shoes or pet paws as well as a basket for towel disposal nearby. You’ll be glad you did.
Consider pre- and post- event care
Before your guests arrive, take a step back and examine your home.
- How will guests see your living room, dining room, kitchen and family room?
- Are the bedrooms inviting (if you plan to host overnight guests)?
- Do you detect any pet smells or cooking odors? Does your house need a good airing out?
- Could you make the windows sparkle with a good water and vinegar rinse?
- Do you see any spots on your rugs or carpeting?
Vacuum all of your area rugs and your installed carpeting. Shake out kitchen and bathroom rugs.
If you noticed stains on your carpeting or rugs, check manufacturer instructions and quick-clean spots with club soda, baking soda or other natural cleaners.
Consider hiring professional carpet cleaners to deep clean your carpeting before and after your event. The pre-event cleaning will ensure your house is fresh and welcoming. Post-event carpet cleaning can help you recover from any mishaps and sanitize your home for your family’s comfort and safety once guests have departed.
Think beyond the wall-to-wall
Did you know, your local carpet cleaners, A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning included, offer many different cleaning services? We don’t just clean wall-to-wall or installed carpeting. We also clean wool rugs and area rugs!
We use a RugBadger to vibrate dirt and solids trapped in your carpets’ fibers. This special tool helps us eliminate sand, dirt, allergens and dust from your precious rugs.
According to This Old House, a respected home improvement franchise, wool rugs should be steam cleaned professionally at least once a year and deep stain removal is “best left up to the professionals.”
Act quickly to prevent stains
Spills and accidents should be treated immediately to preserve the beauty of your area rugs and carpeting.
If a spill is large or one of your guests or pets gets sick (unfortunately, it happens), you can scrape away large bits with a spatula, then blot the stain with an absorbent cloth or paper towel.
Specialized cleaners should be used with care and always tested on a tiny, unseen part of your carpeting or rug first. It may be best to clean spots with club soda and baking soda.
Call APT for Help
We can help you with all of your summer carpet cleaning needs from installed carpeting to the finest wool area rugs.
Whether you live in Denver, Parker and Littleton, we can help you with your professional upholstery cleaning needs. We are glad to answer your carpet and area rug cleaning questions. We will give you a free, written estimate without cost or obligation. Contact us at 720.344.2870 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation.