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Cleaning North Georgia Red Clay out of Carpet

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Dirt road leading to mountain scenery There is no argument over the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains and every beauty has its price, We pay by the clay load.

Ah, the red hills of Georgia.  We live in a one of America’s most beautiful places, the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.    That brilliant Georgia red clay adds to the striking scenery.

With that beauty comes some challenges in keeping our homes clean.  Namely keeping that Georgia red clay on the outside.  Kids, pets and even careless husbands can quickly track that red clay onto our floors and carpeting.

Red clay is bright colored and its tiny insoluble particles can work their way into the weave or knit of any fabric.  Carpet and rugs are even more vulnerable as the weight of a footstep can grind soil deeper.

The first line of defense is walk off areas.  The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) states that it can take up to 23 ½ steps to completely clean the bottom of someone shoes.

Installing a welcome mat outside and again inside the door gives each guest a place to clean their feet prior to entering.

Frequent vacuuming when carpets are dry are also critical to keeping soils from getting ground into each fiber.   The IICRC states that over 80% of dry soils can be removed thru proper vacuuming.

Some spot cleaning may be appropriate over time.  See our blog “Out Spot out!” for more specific information.

Lastly, all carpets should be professionally cleaned every two years or less depending on the amount of soiling.  

Your SERVPRO professional can recommend the best of our 5 quality cleaning methods to remove that pesky Georgia red clay from your carpets today.

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