You can breathe a sigh of relief – winter is almost over. Sure, warmer temperatures and longer periods of sunlight are changes you can anticipate; however, this isn't all you should expect. With the change in the season also comes thunderstorms, and with thunderstorms come mud and rain. These elements can wreak havoc on your carpet, but they don't have to. Learn what you can do to protect your carpet this spring.
Start With A Clean Slate
The end of winter is an excellent time to have your carpet cleaned. Dirt is somewhat of a magnet in that dirty carpet will typically only attract more dirt. This is especially the case when it comes to carpet that is heavily soiled with oils, such as from your skin.
If you start the season with dirty carpet, you're doing yourself an injustice. Consider having your carpet cleaned by a professional so that you can start off with a clean slate and keep your carpets looking better all year long.
Invest In Booties
Consider investing in booties for your entire family. If you don't want to wear booties, simply wearing clean socks is a great start. When you walk into your home after being outside in the rain, your shoes are wet and likely full of mud.
You take your shoes off in an effort to protect your carpet. The problem is that if your feet or socks are wet, you're still tracking dirt on the carpet. A better measure would be to wear a pair of clean booties that won't track in dirt from the outside.
Watch Out For Fading
With the increase in the temperature, you'll probably be opening your blinds and draperies more often than you had during the winter. While there isn't anything wrong with this, make sure you aren't keeping them open too long or too often. Constant exposure to the sun can increase the likelihood of fading.
In addition to the color of your carpet, your furniture and other fixtures can fade. To protect your carpet, try to limit its exposure to the sun. Another option is to install window film over the glass that limits the amount of UV rays from the sun that are able to penetrate through and fade the carpet.
Make sure you are making an effort to protect your carpet this spring. From carpet cleaning to care tips, a professional can help you work towards this goal.