Winter is coming fast in the Midwest which means things in Green Bay, WI are about to get very salty. Winter in Wisconsin brings plenty of fun stuff to the table (think snowmen and skiing), but it also tends to carry with it black ice, sleet, and freezing rain. For those bold enough to brave the tundra this icy weather is a minor inconvenience at best, but if you’re not careful, winter can follow you back to your home without a moment’s notice. The residential home cleaning experts with ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings remind all homeowners that road salt can be as damaging to your home as it is beneficial to your sidewalks.
Despite the fact that applying salt to highways, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots is a requirement in the Northland, the residue left behind can be damaging to fabrics, woods, metals, and just about every other type of surface you can imagine. It crusts, stains, discolors, and causes rust in no time flat. This is especially an issue when it comes to home carpet cleaning thanks to the absorptive powers of good carpet. Unfortunately, salt problems can continue all the way into the spring thaw thanks to the salt content in run-off water. As soon as the trucks head out to start salting, it’s time to prepare yourself for a little defensive home cleaning.
Once salt has settled in it can be very tricky to coax it back out, even with vigorous home carpet cleaning. This is especially true if the damage in question is a chemical reaction such as rust. That isn’t to say that effective home carpet cleaning is impossible once salt has crept in; there are many intense home cleaning methods for tackling salt damage on just about every surface.
Like many types of home cleaning, your best bet with salt build-up in the home is prevention. Since most salt is tracked in it’s easy to prevent it by always taking off your boots or shoes after a walk outside. Having a winter-specific rug right when you come inside is a great way to remind you to remove your outdoor footwear and give your guests somewhere to shed their galoshes. If you have the means to do so, just leaving your boots outside in the garage or on the front step is a great choice as well. Washing salt build-up off cement steps is much easier than cleaning it out of your carpeting!
If your carpet or floor has suffered from salt staining or damage and you’re interested in home cleaning or a professional home carpet cleaning consultation, contact Green Bay, WI’s ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings today at (920) 336-7411 or by visiting our website.