De-Icers are Great for Roads, but Not So Great for Your Carpets
The good news about salt and other mineral de-icers used by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is that they are utilizing these chemicals in a more targeted fashion. Road treatments begin before storms hit, making for a more effective and efficient approach. The bad news is that the salt that gets tracked into your home and onto your carpet is still a big problem. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is ready to help solve that problem for you with expert carpet cleaning professionals using the latest equipment.
Other than the materials applied to highways and roads, the salt and chemicals in your carpet are from deicers spread on sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways. Some of it may be what you spread yourself to keep people from slipping or falling. It can be carried in on shoes or boots or by your pets, in either solid form or dissolved in the melted snow or ice. In any case, it can damage your carpet fibers and cause colors to fade. The white residue it leaves on the surface is just the visible part of the problem. The granules can cause physical damage as they’re ground in by daily foot traffic. The salt itself may carry other minerals with it – either as an anti-clumping agent or from limited refining – that may interact and cause further damage. Vacuuming, while a good idea, will not remove everything, especially the chemicals that arrived in solution and have saturated the lower levels of the carpet fiber. The problem is worse if your carpet is not treated or if it’s older.
The prevention for salt damage is straightforward. Have everyone remove their shoes and boots at the door, and keep pets off your carpet if they go outside. That’s not always easy, and in businesses or some homes it’s not possible. That’s where we come in. Carpet cleaning services by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can provide a strong defense against the chemical risks of winter in Minnesota. Call us today to schedule regular cleaning for your floor coverings, rugs and carpets. We’ll make the season a little easier for you and your home or business.