If your memory had faded, if the pleasant days of summer and a thankfully long fall season had made the impact of winter an uncertain factor on your home, then the recent storms will have brought you back to reality. Winter is messy in Minnesota, and Mankato is no different. The household winter drill is upon us: the snow-covered boots, the wet shoes, the salt tracked in from the walks and roadways, not to mention any remnants of the holidays lingering on your carpets. Take a moment to stand at the entrance to your living room and look at your carpet. Kneel on the carpet in two separate areas face downward and inhale. If you don’t like what you see or smell, give us a call at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for the best in professional residential carpet cleaning in any season.
Carpets can be harboring so many things that can create odors, whether you can see them or not: organic matter, bits of food, dust mites, drink spills and sauces from dinners and parties, pet droppings and urine, and dust blown in from a less-than-clean HVAC system. But as this is winter, we’d like to focus on the damage that salt can do to your wall-to-wall or area carpets and rugs.
According to the Carpet Institute of America, salt—no matter what kind—is bad for your carpets. Some people will use salt in an attempt to get rid of pet urine odors, or in some climates even use it to kill fleas in the carpets. In Mankato, salt is most likely to be dissolved in the melted snow that is tracked into the house on footwear and on the paws of pets. Once on the carpet, it might be visible when dry as a white powder. But even when it dries, it might not be visible as the moisture may have been absorbed deeper into the pile.
When that happens, salt stays hidden and is ground further into the fibers, breaking them down every time someone walks over the area. Short of small gravel and other small, sharp abrasives, nothing does as much damage on carpet fiber as salt. Chemicals can damage carpet, yes, but salt is both a crystal and a chemical. It can fade colors and react with other solutions in your carpet when dissolved and tear it up when in a dry form.
For winter residential carpet cleaning and care in Mankato or nearby communities, contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca throughout the winter season and the rest of the year.