Last updated: May 5th, 2023

Managing the foot traffic in your busy home is not always possible. When it’s raining outside and the kids come running into the house without a second thought of taking off their shoes, your carpets can get soaked. Unnecessary moisture on carpets is no good for them and can lead to soiling, mold growth, and the forming of allergens. Follow these helpful hints to prevent and treat your carpet’s exposure to rain and mud:

Prioritize Shoe Removal at the Front Door

Make sure everyone removes their shoes at the front door. Set a good example by doing it yourself. Don’t forget to tell guests that they need to follow this rule too! Creating a space near the front door of your home for your family and guests to remove and store their shoes will help remind everyone to stop and remember the rule before entering your carpeted areas. Include a door mat at the entryway and in high traffic areas to act as a safeguard for when the shoe removal rule is not heeded. We all know it’s inevitable that it will happen. Almost all the dirt in your home is brought in by family members tracking it in on their shoes, boots or feet. This dirt can be ground into the carpet fibres which creates permanent stains on top of carpet wear and tear. This rule can save you a lot of home maintenance headaches down the road.

Rain Damage Stain Removal

When the inevitable happens and you need to clean rain and mud from your carpet, you need to act quickly. The first step is to gently blot the stain with a dry white cloth. If this seems to be working, continue the blotting, otherwise move on to the next step. Next, you should dab another clean white cloth in white vinegar and try blotting with that. Since mud is a water-based stain, you shouldn’t need any harmful chemicals in order to remove it from the carpet. The most important part is to remember to act quickly and to not let the stain settle into the carpet fibers or have the water begin to soil the padding.

If you’ve read this blog too late, or just haven’t had any luck with preventing or treating rain damage, you should call an Ottawa carpet cleaning company. Ja-Doc Inglis can help you with any the problems causes by rain along with a whole host of other carpet problems you might encounter.

Autumn is a perfect time of year to have your carpets professionally cleaned. It is just before the busy holiday season so your carpets will look immaculate, and with very little humidity in the fall season, your carpets will dry quickly after being professionally cleaned.