How to Remove Salt Stains from your Business’s Carpet

Posted Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Yes, it snowed again over the weekend. Sigh. It’s always about this time that people across Michigan start to get a little tired of winter. The cold, the snow, the road salt stains on their carpet and shoes; The holidays are over, winter can end anytime! Bring on summer!

Before we can get there, though, we have to deal with this snow. Obviously, you can’t let it pile up right outside your business, so you pay someone to remove it. And, of course, salt the sidewalk and steps so your customers don’t slip and slide all over the place. That’s where the trouble starts.

Necessary, but not Necessarily Good for your Carpet

If you’ve noticed unsightly white spots accumulating in the carpet near the entryway, you have a salt problem. Salt crystals stick to customers’ feet, and when they walk in from the wintery outdoors, these crystals get transferred to your carpet. A simple process, to be sure, but the consequences can be complicated and frustrating! Have you ever tried to remove salt stains from your business’s carpet by yourself? Did the spot look good at first, but then the exact same stain kept reappearing and reappearing and reappearing? We know. We’ve been there, it’s not fun!

To keep your business looking its best, Modernistic has put together a few ways to prevent and remove salt stains from your business’s carpet.

Prevention (Worth a Pound of Cure)

Floor Mats – Ok, to get the obvious out of the way, use floor mats. Use them! More than 1, preferably. If the space outside your business’s front door allows it, place a good outdoor mat right outside your door in addition to the mat just inside your door. Double floor mats = half the amount of salt making its way inside to your carpet.

Vacuum – Every. Day. Is it tedious? Sure, but removing the salt crystals before they get ground into your carpet fibers will help tremendously. Make vacuuming part of your closing checklist, and if you can manage it, vacuum at least once during the day when foot traffic is light. If you’re lucky enough to have associates working for you, they need something to do when it’s not busy, right?

Put Up A Sign – Right inside your entryway that says “Please Wipe Your Feet”. Sure, not every customer will read it, but more people being mindful about what they’re tracking in to your business can’t hurt!

Removal

Vacuum – That’s right, vacuum is on the list twice! For very light salt spots not ground into the fibers, a concentrated vacuuming can lighten the spot considerably or remove it entirely.

DIY (Do It Yourself) – Since salt crystals love to stick to carpet fibers, you might need a little “chemical persuasion” to loosen them up. Mix up a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water, then apply to the affected area using a sponge or towel. Agitate the solution into the carpet by gently scrubbing the spot with your towel or fingers. Wait 5 minutes, then blot up the liquid with a dry towel. Repeat as necessary, since salt stains can be extremely stubborn.

**NOTE** If you like your carpet at all, please don’t use soap of any kind. Soap will leave a residue that will actually attract more dirt and salt, making your problem much worse in the long run.

DITEW (Do It The Easy Way) – If you’re a busy person (or not keen on your business smelling like vinegar), have a professional take care of those pesky spots. To get the best results, make sure the professional you hire uses a truck-mounted hot water extraction method, AKA steam cleaning. Also, make sure they use an emulsifier and specialized products that specifically treat salt stains – someone using regular “shampoo” will only attract dirt and salt, making the problem worse!  

There are a few different ways to prevent and remove salt stains from your business’s carpet, but these are the most effective. We put up with a lot to live in Michigan during the winter, but you don’t have to put up with pesky salt stains!

For over 40 years, Modernistic has been dedicated to restoring the health of homes and businesses across Michigan with our award-winning service, start to finish! To learn more about how we can help keep the salt out of your business’s carpet, contact your local Modernistic for a free cleaning quote!


Winter Carpet Cleaning, Are You Crazy?!

Posted Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Winter Carpet Cleaning, Are You Crazy?!

Absolutely not! We know it may sound counterintuitive, but getting a winter carpet cleaning is surprisingly sane. Here’s why winter is the perfect time to get your carpets cleaned by Modernistic.

It Just Dries Faster

One real bummer when you’re waiting on your carpet to dry after a fresh carpet cleaning is humidity. Luckily, quick dry time is one of the best benefits of having Modernistic over to clean your carpets in the winter. During the winter months, it may be as cold as a lonely snowman, but it’s definitely dry. The combination of low humidity and higher heat temperatures in your home or business create the ideal environment for quick drying.

More Dirt & Allergens

One thing we do when it’s cold is spend more time inside bundled up. It’s easy to forget that the more time we spend inside, the more dirt and allergens we accumulate in our home or business. Staying in more means walking inside more, tracking in frozen contaminants, and downgrading your air quality. Without having regular carpet cleaning, even more toxins and allergens are added into the atmosphere over time. A simple cleaning will help alleviate many of these concerns, keeping your home or business cleaner and healthier.

Road Salt Stains

When it’s white outside, it’s nearly impossible to keep it from coming inside. When temperatures drop as low as they have, you will have to deal with road salts getting tracked inside. Typically you’ll find salt in high traffic areas like your entryway and hallways. Then you’ll find yourself asking “How do you get salt out of carpet?” Now you could put unsightly rubber mats everywhere, or you could use one of our great deals and have Modernistic come out to take care of your winter carpet cleaning needs.

These road salts and ice melts contain high alkaline content and can leave ugly stains and residue on your carpet fibers. Not only does this look bad, but it can also cause increased damage to your carpet with frequent traffic grinding these salt particles into your carpet. This will cause it to degrade quicker and lead to the need to replace your carpet sooner than you would have liked. The best solution, of course, is to have a professional cleaner like Modernistic come to your home or business to safely extract all of these worrisome little crystals before they cause fiber damage.

Why Wait?

So what have we learned? Many things about the winter are crazy, but having your carpets cleaned when it’s cold isn’t. Because of this dirty little secret, many people wait until it’s warm out and leave us with more appointments available for your own winter cleaning. Avoid asking, “How do you get salt out of carpet” and schedule to have Modernistic clean your home or business today.

Click here to get a quote on some cold-weather cleaning!