Are you hosting a Christmas or New Year's Eve party this year? Are the kids coming home from college for a few days, or will you have extra children and pets in the house? With the extra bodies in our homes over the holidays, it’s important to take a few precautions to protect our carpets from serious damage. They likely won’t stay perfect, but by following a few pointers, you can offer them some extra needed protection.
1. Take off your shoes at the door.
Ask your guests to remove their shoes as soon as they enter your home and place them in the entryway or another area you’ve designated for this purpose. If they trudged through mud or snow on the way inside, they can leave it at the door instead of spreading it around your home. Consider having clean socks or slippers available for guests who may need to change out of wet items.
2. Keep pets off the carpet.
This one is hard for those of us who love our animals, but if you want to keep your carpets fresh and clean over the holidays, keep your pets off of them. Pets can leave behind odors and oils on carpets and rugs that are difficult to remove.
3. Place a mat under the Christmas tree (if it's real).
Make sure you have a rug or mat under the tree to safely keep sap and pine needles off your carpet. Tree sap can be very difficult to remove from any surface.
Be sure to vacuum your carpets before and after the holidays. The longer dirt sits in your carpet, the harder it will be to remove. Run the vacuum over each section three times to be thorough.
5. Clean up spills immediately.
If someone spills on your carpet, don’t panic, but clean it immediately. Don’t rub or scrub the spill to clean it up; you’ll spread the stain and push it deeper into the carpet fibers. Carefully pick up solid pieces without pushing them into the floor. For liquid spills, blot the spot with a dry rag, starting on the outside of the spill and gradually working your way inward.
6. Don’t bring food or drinks onto carpeted areas.
This may be difficult to avoid completely, but if you want to keep your carpets as spotless as possible, eat and drink your meals in a non-carpeted room of the house. Use discretion when choosing what you will serve your guests if you know items will be carried into carpeted rooms. If you have white carpets in the living room, for example, you may want to serve white wine instead of red.
7. Clean your carpets before.
You may be thinking, “Why should I clean my carpets before my house is filled with guests who will just mess them up again?” We understand this logic, but we also know how big a difference a thorough carpet cleaning can make. If your party will be tame and your guests likely won’t spill anything or track dirt across your floors, cleaning your carpets prior to their arrival will make your home smell fresh and look cleaner. If you’re looking to impress, clean your carpets before the holidays!
8. Clean your carpets after.
If you don't think you'll be able to follow a lot of these tips over the holidays (which is understandable with extra humans, pets, food, candy, and drinks in the mix), consider calling a professional to clean your carpets for you afterward. It’s best to have them cleaned as soon as possible to prevent any stains, odors, and dirt from settling and spreading to the point where they’re much more difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
Springer offers professional carpet cleaning services in the Des Moines area. You can choose either a one-time cleaning or regular cleanings through our Forever Clean Program. For a flat, fixed rate, we will clean all the carpets throughout your home. Cleanings include stain treatments, deodorizing, applying Scotchgard to preserve carpets and repel liquids, and fluffing. Contact us to schedule a carpet cleaning today!