Carpet in Chicago is almost a necessity. It’s insulting! The temperature of your flooring in Chicago doesn’t feel so nice against your bare feet when it’s 20 below and the Windy City is living up to its name.
The first rule to keeping out the dirt is catching it at the door. If you can get your family or convince yourself to take your shoes off at the door, this will be a huge help. If you are unable to accomplish this, you can at least put an entrance rug on the inside of your door and the outside.
Obviously, vacuum your carpet flooring on a regular basis. For high traffic areas around furniture or in hallways, and especially entrances, vacuum the carpeting more often than the rest of the house. If your vacuum has an adjustment that allows you to raise and lower the beater bar for different piles, do this. It will allow the suction to effectively collect the dirt and debris.
Just doing routine carpet care in Chicago is not enough. Vacuuming will get the loose dirt, but the wet snow mixed with the dirt will cling to the fiber and over time will build up to a visible stain. About every 12 months have your carpet cleaned professionally. This is a deeper cleaning than what you can do on your own. There are many good reputable Chicago carpet cleaning services available to hire. You can also call a flooring specialist and ask who they recommend, they also might even provide that service if they installed the carpet.
When something does get spilled on your carpet, attend to it as quickly as you can. Stains set in even on stain-resistant carpets. Be certain that you check the carpet for colorfastness before you use a commercial cleaner other than soap and water. When you do treat the area, don’t scrub, think blot, blot, blot. Oh and for that wonderful Chicago carpet that gets that wonderful Chicago salt stain on it, use vinegar and water. This will remove that nasty white residue.
If it weren’t so cold for so long, your Chicago flooring options would include something easier to clean. Unfortunately, installing tile flooring all through your home would probably drop the already cold temperature. Until Chicago has a median temperature of 70 degrees, you’ll probably just have to stick with carpet flooring in Chicago.