Sticking to a regular residential carpet cleaning schedule is important to maintain your carpet’s integrity and your family’s health, even during the winter months. A case in point is the recent snowy weather during December. Children tracking in snow and dirt from their sledding excursions, salt melt products stuck in boot treads, pet paw prints and embedded Christmas tree needles all add up to stress on your carpet and the possibility of permanent stains.
Left unattended, your carpet takes a beating and delicate fibers begin to break down. Traffic areas become more noticeable and deeper and dried salt crushes into the carpet. If let unattended, salt products can strip carpets of their chemical bonding compounds and wood floors of the urethane coating.
Another very important issue is mold. Carpets draw melting winter snow down to the padding, where without air drying, mold begins to form. Once you have a mold problem, it’s difficult and expensive to eradicate. A good winter cleaning will address all of these situations and make your carpet even more able to help combat allergens.
Also, professionally cleaning your carpet in the winter means that with lower humidity levels, your carpet will dry quicker with no oppressive July humidity to slow down the process.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends routine carpet cleaning every 6-12 months and every 3-6 months if you have young children and pets. Scheduling a winter cleaning is a smart way to extend the life of your carpet.