Winter Carpet Cleaning and Indoor Air Quality
Winter is the season when we spend more time indoors. It is too cold to play outside and the windows are usually closed. With the extended time indoors and the closed up home, indoor air pollution increases dramatically in the winter months. This also coincides with flu-season.
Homeowners will typically wait until spring to get the carpets cleaned because they don’t want the door cracked open on a cold day. It is right to be concerned with energy and energy costs of letting warm out of house to allow carpet cleaners to clean. But realistically the energy loss would probably amount to less than 10 dollars on the high end. So people who won’t clean their carpet in the winter are basically saying, “To save less than ten dollars, I will live in a dirty home.”
During the winter, we track in snow, ice-melt, and salt and in Colorado, magnesium chloride from the roads. Additionally our pets stay inside more in the winter; they also drag in dirt, snow and mud. All winter long, this soil mixed with pet dander and dust accumulate. In your home, your carpet is the biggest air filter you have. Carpet traps all of the soil and allergens, which get kicked into the air as you walk on the carpet. For those with respiratory issues and asthma, we recommend cleaning more often, but especially in winter. Vacuuming of the carpet should be done weekly at a minimum.
Staying indoor means there will be more contact with the carpet than there was in spring and summer. The heavily traveled or traffic areas will be taking more abuse during the winter and if not properly maintained, will shorten the life of the carpet. The damage in some cases can be irreversible.
Carpet manufacturers recommend cleaning your carpet every six to twelve months with the hot water extraction method. This is the method used by Hydro Clean Carpet Cleaning in Colorado Springs.