Warmer days are finally here. The sun is shining brighter and longer, the children are home from school, and the laid-back, relaxing feeling of summer fills the air. This time of year brings warm memories of time spent outdoors, hot dogs on the grill, and lounging by the pool. It also brings an increase in allergens, humidity, and dirt to your carpets.
So, here are some ways to stay on top of your carpet cleaning chores while still enjoying some summer fun:
Change up your vacuum routine.
During these summer months, just getting by on a once-a-week vacuum schedule may not suffice. Pets shed their fur, children run outside and track in dirt from outside. The wind blows dust through open windows and doors; vacuuming at least every other day would be ideal. Frequent vacuuming extends the life of your carpet by inhibiting the buildup of grainy particles that destroy carpet fibers.
Incorporate lots of rugs and mats.
Put a good mat in front of entryways, on both sides of the doors. The mat can catch debris and moisture from the bottom of shoes before it has a chance to make its way to your carpets. Be sure to clean and change your rugs and mats frequently to prevent a buildup of allergens and dirt within their fibers.
Live by the "no shoes" rule.
Summertime is the perfect time for flip-flops that can easily be slid off outside the door. To keep chemicals, allergens, and dirt at bay, simply make it a rule in your home that guests, family, and friends remove their shoes before entering to protect your carpet. Place a shoe rack near the door or another designated area so shoes can be taken off before entering.
Have your carpets professionally cleaned.
Ideally, your carpets should be cleaned professionally every 12 to 18 months. While routinely vacuuming aids in removing dirt at a surface level, a professional carpet cleaning service reaches toxins and pollutants trapped deep within the carpet fibers. Attempting to clean your carpets yourself may seem tempting but could backfire if a soapy residue is left on the carpet, which will invite more dust and dirt. Contact the professionals at Gator Clean today to schedule your first Summer carpet cleaning service.