What does ice melt do to carpet and rugs?

Your first step of prevention is vacuuming.  Vacuum very well so the salt crystals don’t get embedded deep into your carpet backing.  However, vacuuming isn’t all you need to do.  Many types of ice melt cause a sticky residue that can cause ugly spots and traffic wear.  To prevent this, a thorough carpet or rug cleaning needs to be done after the ice melt is tracked inside.  This should be done by the end of winter.

What does ice melt do to your floors?

The oily residue can be slippery on some floors, which can cause falling hazards.  Also, the floor finish can be compromised.  Frequent sweeping and mopping is necessary throughout the winter to prevent major damage.  But even with constant maintenance, the chemicals used in ice melt can damage the finish of hardwood, tile grout, natural stone, and vinyl.  A professional deep cleaning should be done every 1 – 2 years along with evaluation of the sealer on your floor.

What about your kids and pets?

Ice melt can be toxic.  Your pets may lie on the floor and get the ice melt absorbed into their fur.  Your kids may do the same.  Once the ice melt chemical is on them, it can be easily transferred into their mouths.

Now is the PERFECT time to get your carpet, rugs, and floors cleaned.  Just call us for an honest professional assessment of what you need.  We’ll make your home or business clean and healthy again.