Maintaining the condition of your carpets can become quite difficult once rainy season arrives. Muddy feet, wet animal fur and humidity can all wreak havoc with your carpets and you may feel like abandoning all of your efforts to maintain them.
Unfortunately, carpets do not react well to any retained moisture and wet carpets can become a breeding ground for mold. With this in mind, maintenance during raining season is more important than ever!
To avoid mold build-ups and keep your carpets dry and fresh during raining season, it is essential to implement some key rules and practices in your household.
- Enforce a “no-shoes” policy
The last thing you want trotting across your beautiful carpets is muddy or wet shoes. Enforce a “no shoes” rule in the home, requiring all those in the house to take their shoes off at the door.
Doing so will prevent a lot of work on your behalf to clean up the dirt and dampness left behind on your carpets day in and day out.
- Invest in a dehumidifier
The season tends to bring quite humid temperatures, which encourage carpets to retain moisture. Couple this with the dampness and dirt that people or pets in the household may drag in from outside and you could have a real problem on your hands.
Dehumidifiers can be such a great help once raining season arrives as they can effectively “suck in” the moisture not just in the carpets but in the room too.
- Vacuum a couple of times a week
The tendency for dirt, mud, dust and other unwanted particles to make their way into your home during raining season is much stronger than normal so you need to allocate additional time for vacuuming each week.
The sooner you can remove dirt and soil particles from your carpet, the less time they have to embed themselves in the fabric and harden the fibres.
- Act immediately to any signs of wetness
The minute that you notice any dampness or wetness on your carpets, you need to react. The sooner that you start to clean up damp patches or excess water, the sooner you can stop mould from setting in.
Use a dry vacuum to soak up as much of the water as possible and turn on a fan or dehumidifier. Failing that, open a number of windows in the room.
- If water damage is severe, call in the professionals
If your home has leaks or worst-case scenario, a flood, during raining season you should immediately draft in the help of carpet cleaning professionals. They will be able to initiate water damage restoration works and minimise the damage done to your carpets.
Even if you don’t have a leak or a flood, it is wise to schedule a professional carpet clean towards the end of raining season because your carpets will have been subject to damage from wet feet, clothes, pets and more.
Raining season shouldn’t spell the end of the road for your carpets. By reacting fast and implementing some key preventative measures, your carpets should stay dry and fresh and make it through their most testing season of the year.