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How to keep Carpets Clean while Lake Living

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

photo of lake from dock point of view, mountains in the background As much as I love the energy the lake provides, I prefer to keep the soil on the shore.

Many of us are blessed to live on or near some of the most beautiful lakes in America.   Our corner of Northeast Georgia boasts so many great places to enjoy the water, sun and nature.   We have Lake Hartwell, Lake Russell, Lake Burton, Lake Yonah, Lake Tugaloo, Lake Rabun, Tate Lake, Tallulah Falls Lake, and Thurmond Lake and list continues.

Whether we enjoy a lake view from our back porch or just visit for the day, we can end up bringing the lake inside with us.   Pets, kids, and even absent-minded husbands can all track in the sand, mud and or even fish residue that we would rather stay outside.

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 gives each guest a place to clean their feet prior to entering.   A second walk off run inside the door will give additional help.

Frequent vacuuming when carpets are dry are also critical to keeping soils from getting ground into each fiber.   This is a most cost-effective way to extend the life and beauty of carpeting.

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

The IICRC states that carpets should be professionally cleaned every two years or less depending on the amount of soiling.   When living close to high activity areas like we do, that frequency may increase.

Finally, professional carpet cleaning can remove those soils that do invade.   Steam cleaning, shampooing, steam extraction, bonnet cleaning or rotary extraction are all effective methods to clean carpeting that has become dirty.

SERVPRO professionals can inspect and consult as to which of our 5 quality cleaning methods will restore your carpets to the clean and beautiful results that we all desire.

Enjoy the lake… but keep these tips in mind to keep your carpets fresh and clean!

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