How Winter Salt Affects Area Rugs

How Winter Salt Affects Area Rugs

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
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In Michigan, we feel a sense of comfort when we see winter salt on the roads and sidewalks. It makes traversing the icy ground less dangerous, but it’s not so welcome everywhere that it ends up. Chances are, you’ll find that your boots have tracked winter salt into your home, and you won’t be so happy to see it there. It can wind up in your hallways and crusted into your area rugs and carpet, leaving you a chore to take care of.

What does winter salt do to area rugs?

Winter salt dissolves with the melted snow and ice on your boots, becoming a chemical mixture that will stain your area rugs. The mixture leaves an oily residue that clings to the fibers in your area rug and can be difficult to get rid of. If left for too long, you’ll see that the chemicals can break down your area rug’s fibers, leaving them permanently damaged with less softness and vibrancy than before.

How do you protect area rugs from winter salt?

The only way to prevent winter salt from reaching your area rugs, aside from taking off your boots or cleaning them every time you walk in your house, is to put down some absorbent doormats. You won’t be able to get rid of all the winter salt on your boots just by wiping them on a doormat, but you’ll get a significant amount of it off.

One way to take care of winter salt stains once they’ve found their way to your area rugs is with DIY cleaning. You can spot clean with salt neutralizers, sweep, and vacuum to get rid of as much salt as possible. A more effective tool is to rent a shop vac, as the heated water and cleaning solution will be more effective in rinsing out the salt than spot cleaning by hand.

The most effective way to get rid of salt stains, however, is to have a professional cleaning crew work on your area rugs. Especially if you’ve got an expensive area rug that you don’t want to damage by trying to clean it yourself, a professional carpet cleaning crew will know exactly what to do and will do a thorough job.

Centurion Services | Area rug cleaning, carpet cleaning & more!

If you care about the appearance and feel of your area rugs, get them the attention they deserve with Centurion Services. We have years of experience cleaning all types of flooring, so we have the expertise to completely disappear even the toughest winter salt stains. Don’t let white stains ruin your area rugs for good, call the experts at Centurion Services!

Contact us now to schedule an area rug cleaning appointment! You can reach us at (586) 204-6378 or by sending in an online contact form and we’ll get back to you right away.