4 Ways You Can Help Your Carpet Survive The Holiday Season
After a tough year, Christmas and the holiday season is finally here! However, from the moment the kids break up from school until they go back, it can feel like your home is a never-ending turnstile of activity. Unfortunately, this might come at a cost to your carpet. It’s important that the carpets we have down in our own homes can survive this extra footfall, but how do you do this? Make sure to follow our guide to find out more. With our helpful four tips, your carpets will continue to look and feel good, even throughout the busy holiday season.
Good Quality Carpets
The first place to start when thinking about how well your carpets will survive is to ensure they are good quality carpets. As expert carpet fitters in Surrey, we work hard to provide all of our customers with the best quality for their money, and higher quality carpets are more likely to stand the test of time when it comes to heavy use areas, especially areas such as the hallway and stairs. If your carpet is poor quality and old, then consider replacing it with good quality carpet instead. This will ensure that it can be cleaned properly, remain softer for longer, and look great.
Clean Up Spills
Spillages on the carpets are practically unavoidable, especially at this time of year then the drinks might be flowing a little more than usual! If you are unlucky and a spillage occurs, make sure you clean it up right away. Some liquids (like red wine) are likely to stain a lot more if they are left any longer than necessary, which is why it’s important to clean up any spills as soon as possible.
Be careful, though, as harsh rubbing with strong chemicals could damage your carpet. Blot gently with a tea towel or paper towel, and if soap is needed, use a warm water solution with a little washing-up liquid. This should be enough to tackle most stains if cleaned up quickly.
Watch Out For Wax
One of the things we love about Christmas is the soft lighting of candles, but we don’t love it when wax gets on the carpet!
You should always have candles in safe holders; even small tea lights can be a fire risk if they are left out. Most candle holders will also make it more difficult to knock candles over, but if you find you have been unlucky enough to get wax on the carpet, don’t panic!
Break up the wax with a blunt knife (gently so as to avoid damaging the carpet) and sweep up as much as possible. Lay a piece of brown paper over the wax and iron with a warm iron. The wax should stick to the iron and come off fairly easily, although you may need to repeat this process.
Do be careful with the iron; hot irons may melt some carpets, so it’s best to test on a small hidden area or any spare carpet you may have leftover before you go ahead with your ironing treatment.
Say No To Dirty Shoes
In the UK, Christmas is held in midwinter, which means the weather is usually cold, rainy and muddy. This can cause havoc for your carpets. To save your carpets, make sure everyone adhered to a strict no-shoes policy! Your carpet will thank you later, and you will be able to enjoy Christmas rather than find yourself scrubbing the carpet clean. Remember, prevention is always better than cure, even for carpets.