Winter in New Jersey brings serious difficulties to the houses and buildings of the state. Water freezes to ice and thaws back again, the ground goes from hard as stone to a swamp of mud, and a fine layer of salt coats everything. For a carpet cleaner New Jersey can be intense.
Mud is the first challenge. Because of New Jersey’s yearly flirtation with the freezing point, the ground becomes very hard and very soft at the same time. It is common for the ground to freeze down for a couple feet and then have the top inch melt and run off. This causes water to pool in unexpected places and mud to creep in everywhere. Mud is the first and most dangerous enemy of carpets and floors in the Garden State. Fortunately, there are safe and reasonable procedures for getting rid of winter mud.
Deal With The Dirt
The first step will be to get rid of as much of the mass of dirt as possible. This stops the problem from getting any worse and gives the cleaner a clear picture of what they are dealing with. Simply remove the bulk of the mud with a dustpan or a piece of cardboard. It is better for those seeking to clean a carpet to scrape and lift up than to push and grind the dirt in.
Lift Instead of Rubbing
The most serious mistake that most people make while cleaning a carpet is to drive the dirt further into the fabric while cleaning. That is why it is important to go through and pick up as much as can be picked up before using any cleaning products. A paper towel will be most helpful when it is used to blot up water and gently pick up as much mud and other matter as possible. As always, the most important thing is to lift up as much as possible while pushing down as much as possible.
Use The Right Tools
Small messes are no problem. Large amounts of mud such as those brought into the house by a dog or a child who was playing outside are best handled with intelligent applications of soap or carpet cleaner.
A clean carpet is one of the best ways to keep a home healthy and comfortable. Careful and regular attention can be more effective than fewer and more serious cleanings. If problems are dealt with when they begin, then they can often be contained with much less effort.