Knowing that we are going to have more guests and activity in our house with the upcoming holidays, I decided to call Greg (Henderson, Managing Partner of A Cleaner World Carpet & Rug Cleaning) to see what I could do to keep my carpet and rugs relatively clean. Greg gave me a few tips, which I listed below, but the question also led to this interesting debate:
Many times we’ve posted tips on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ explaining that keeping shoes at the door is one of the best ways to keep carpet and rugs clean. Recently I was watching an episode of The Chew, and Clinton Kelly was giving tips on hosting a great party. One of his tips was to never ask guests to remove their shoes. He went on to say something like – if you love your carpet more than your guests, then you probably shouldn’t be having a party. After much animated discussion, Greg and I agreed that it is perhaps a bad idea to ask your boss or guests of a formal dinner party to remove shoes, but family and close friends are fair game, especially if the event is informal. Removing shoes is a given in our house. In fact, I have most guests trained to do so – folks that know me well, know how neurotic I am. I love the fact that they are willing to feed my neurosis.
So we’ll use removing shoes as suggestion one, but obviously do what you are comfortable with. So below are three, more reasonable suggestions.
• “Many people like to have their carpets and rugs cleaned before the holidays so that they look nice for guests,” Greg said. “I suggest using scotch guard protection on carpets and rugs as well as fabric furniture right after items are cleaned. While it isn’t bullet proof, it can definitely help.”
• Use inexpensive rugs. Consider strategically placing them where there might be a lot of foot traffic, and temporarily replace an expensive Persian rug with an inexpensive rug during the holiday season.
• Finally, address dirt and spills quickly. Be sure to vacuum regularly and remember to blot stains, never rub or scrub your carpet.
Hopefully these tips will help you keep your carpet and rugs from becoming too scathed over this holiday season!