It’s December, and the holidays are upon us! With the holiday season we welcome friends, family and guests of all shapes and sizes to our homes (along with a few furry friends, as well). Parties and get-togethers are a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays, but all that extra foot traffic can wreak havoc on your carpeting.
So how can you protect your carpets this time of year? Here are a few suggestions.
Remove Your Shoes Upon Entering Your Home
Shoes can track in dust, dirt and debris from outdoors, all of which make your carpets look dirty and dingy. In our humble opinion, the number one way to keep your carpeting looking its best is to take off your shoes when you enter your home. Keeping shoes out of the house will prevent dirt and debris from accumulating in your carpets and getting into the carpet fibers.
Shoes can also bring in pollen, bacteria, and germs from outdoors, which can aggravate asthma and other respiratory problems in some people. Taking off your shoes and wearing just socks (or going barefoot) may therefore help improve the quality of the air in your home and keep respiratory issues at bay.
As a reminder to remove your shoes, keep a shoe rack near each door or entryway. Make sure your guests take off their shoes, as well. We suggest keeping several pairs of slippers available for your guests to wear when they visit if they don’t want to wear just socks.
Regular vacuuming will pick up larger dirt and debris, so be sure to do it at least once a week, or more often if your carpets get especially dirty from day to day. High traffic areas will probably need to be vacuumed more often. Oh, and while you have the vacuum cleaner out, don’t forget to vacuum the upholstery – you’ll want to make sure your furniture is clean and tidy for guests, as well.
Cover High Traffic Areas
Carpeting can become matted and less plush in high traffic areas, resulting in an old, tired look. You can place floor mats and rugs in these areas to prevent matting and help keep the carpeting from looking worn. Bonus: Using floor mats and rugs will also help dirt, debris and germs from getting ground into the carpet fibers in high traffic areas.
Consider Using a Protective Spray
A protective spray can help carpeting stay cleaner, brighter, and fresher by repelling soil and dirt. It’s best to apply the spray after a professional cleaning. The treatment will generally last about two or three years, after which it can be reapplied by a professional carpet cleaning company.
Get Regular Professional Carpet Cleaning
Speaking of carpet professionals, a professional cleaning will help your carpets look as good as new and ready to welcome guests into your home for the holidays! Here at A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning Services, we pride ourselves on providing top-notch cleaning services – not only do we clean carpets, but we clean upholstery and area rugs, too.
It’s not too late to get your carpets ready for the holidays – if you’re in the Denver/Littleton area, contact us today for a free written estimate!