3 Winter cleaning Tips

It’s the beginning of Oct. and the snow looks like it’s here to stay.  If it does melt and go away, it won’t be gone for long.  The snow brings a number of hassles and problems when it comes, not the least of which is the mess it makes as it gets dragged into the house.  Here are a few tips to help keep the carpets and furniture in your house clean this time of year.


Being good Albertans most of us have a good sturdy matt on the floor in front of the door and the idea is that everyone is required to tamp the snow off their boots outside, before coming into the house, and no one gets past the entranceway with their boots on.  If you need something from the house or your children’s friends are waiting for them to come out, everyone is meant to stand on the matt and not make a mess in the house.  Sounds great in a perfect world but we all know it doesn’t happen that way in real life.  Here are a couple of things to remember to help keep the carpets clean during the winter months.

Cleaning the entranceway matt.

Most small entranceway matt’s can be put in the washing machine.  If they are small enough and light enough then there is no problem with washing them in the machine. Check the underside of the matt, if it has a rubber backing on it do not put it in the dryer.  The rubber backing will crumble and fall apart in the dryer, so just hang it up to dry.  If there is no rubber backing and it’s not too heavy then you can put it in the dryer.  If the matt won’t fit in the washing machine take it down to your laundry sink and spray it off and let it air dry.   Either way this should be done at least once a month.


Get a Spot Machine

Even though the snow may look clean and white it’s anything but, and you’d be amazed at the type of things that we drag in on our boots, the cuff of our pants, on your pet’s paws, etc.  Everything from sand and salt, anti-freeze, grease and oil, and whatever the dog was rolling in out in the back yard.  Don’t forget that just because you put your pet outside doesn’t mean they went and did their business, or that it was cold enough that they didn’t finish completely.   Once back inside where it’s warm and friendly they often finish what they didn’t want to do out in the cold.  Go to one of the big box stores and buy a spot machine.  You don’t need an expensive one, you just need a good easy to use spot cleaning machine.  They can be used to clean up any spills, messes, pet accidents on a daily basis and you can use them on your furniture, mattresses, carpets, area rugs and vehicle interiors.  No home should be without one.


Have the carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year.

As we talked about earlier, there are a myriad of things that can get on your carpet and although a spot machine will help immensely in keeping it cleaned, getting it professionally cleaned annually is the only way to ensure every inch of it gets cleaned.  Professional cleaning will help your carpets look feel and smell cleaner, work towards a healthier home environment for your family and pets, and help keep your carpets lasting longer.


Thanks for listening.


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