Spring weather in the Pacific Northwest can be a mixed bag. A very mixed bag. You could start the day with warming sunlight, get hit with a wind storm, experience a downpour, and then return to the sunshine all before noon. Or even at the same time!
But after a long winter, we’re ready to get out in the sun, no matter how fleeting. Whether it’s to take the kids to soccer, baseball, or softball practice or to start working in the garden, we’re just glad to be outside. Of course, we have to come back inside at some point, and all of the Springtime mud or dirt comes in with us. The result is muddy footprints on the carpet.
Winter rules to help eliminate muddy footprints on the carpet
It doesn’t take long for mud to get tracked into the house and then ground into the carpet. Until the sun gets to be a more permanent fixture in the sky, you should still be mindful of what you’re bringing back inside with you. So even though the calendar says May, still treat your shoes as if it’s February
Make sure to use the welcome mat to wipe off the bottom of the shoes or even leave the shoes on the front or back porch if you have one. Think about using the same shoes every time you tend to the garden so you don’t end up with a pile of shoes by the door.
Don’t Forget Fido
And it’s not just the humans – when Fido gets caught in the rain, he’s not concerned about wiping his paws before coming inside. There are steps you can take to make sure Man’s Best Friend doesn’t leave muddy prints throughout the house.
Before walking the dog, leave a towel at the back door for when you return. When you get home, you can quickly wipe off paws and dry the fur before he has a chance to shake it all off in the living room.
If your dog has free reign – a doggy door for example – leaving a towel on the ground just inside will at least take some of the mud of his paws before heading to his favorite spot on the couch. Think of it as a welcome mat for the mutt.
Track in some dirt and grass after taking the kids to the park? Make sure to clean it up as soon as possible. It could be as easy as just vacuuming the mess up. If you forget about it, the dirt can be ground into the fibers, making an easy job that much harder.
After a long Winter of rain, snow, ice, and more rain, people in the Pacific Northwest can’t wait to start soaking in the sun. But if you caught in a rain shower, just be mindful of your shoes when you get home. You’ve done a great job keeping your carpet clean during the Winter – keep it up for the next few months.
If you haven’t done a great job keeping your carpets clean, give Heaven’s best a call. Locally owned and family operated for 20 years, we’ll get your carpet looking clean once again. In addition to cleaning carpets, we also perform spot dying and repairs as well as carpet protection.