It’s January and we all know what that means, especially here in the Northeast. Ice … and snow. This past weekend is a great example. I’m sure you all have to wash your cars because of the salt that they picked up from the road. And your shoes from the salt or ice melt that they picked up from the driveway or some parking lot.
Want to add a caption to this image? Click the Settings icon. However, your cars and your shoes aren’t the only things that can be damaged by the residue. All that salt that you track inside can land on your carpet which can damage or stain your rug.
Unfortunately, it’s not always an easy clean. There are types of ice melt products. They can range from sodium chloride (rock salt) to potassium chloride and urea and many more in between. These chemicals can alter the pH of your carpet and rugs resulting in color change and color loss. So, use a professional when trying to remove ice melt from your beautiful rugs and carpets.
Not only does it pose a danger to your rugs and carpets but according to the Illinois Poison Center Blog “Snow melt is a common substance responsible for many calls to the Poison Centers in the winter months, most commonly due to the salt brought in by winter boots.
Always call the MA Poison Center if your child samples some of this stuff…..”
Animals like the taste of salt and if they lick the ice melt off of your carpet they could also be at risk.
The main location where your children and pets come into contact with the ice melt is your carpet. When you start to notice salt residue or staining, it’s time to give your carpet a cleaning.
Give us a call. Let us help you keep your children, pets and carpets healthy and happy this icy season.