The trees are changing and the leaves are falling in Iowa, which means one thing: Winter is quickly approaching. With all the moisture, salt, and ice-defrosting chemicals you’ll be tracking into your home, now is the time to prevent carpet and hardwood floor damage before it starts. These three simple tips will help keep your floors feeling comfortable and looking beautiful, even throughout the harsh winter months.

Call ServiceMaster by Rice for Deep Cleaning, Fabric and Wood Protection Services

Your floors are the first point of contact when guests enter your house, offering comfort and beauty to your home. That said, nothing else in your home receives the constant wear and tear like your carpet or hardwood flooring. ServiceMaster by Rice recommends professionally cleaning your carpets or wood floors once or twice a year to maintain their quality and increase their longevity. Our certified and trained carpet cleaning teams are located in Des Moines, Carroll, Atlantic, Sioux Center, Storm Lake, Spencer and Okoboji and no carpet or flooring cleaning project is too large for us to handle. ServiceMaster by Rice is also certified by the IICRC, so our techniques are recommended by most major carpet and flooring manufacturers as the preferred cleaning method. While we’re well into the fall season, now is the perfect time to schedule your semi-annual cleaning to protect your floors from harsh Iowa winters.

Carpet Cleaning and Protection: The certified technicians at ServiceMaster by Rice will come to your home in Carroll, Atlantic, Storm Lake, Spencer, Sioux Center, Okoboji, Des Moines or the surrounding areas and provide a free estimate for your carpet cleaning. We practice Green Cleaning, using materials that will not harm your family, pets, home, or the environment. Our quick-drying, thorough cleaning process gets out dirt and stains without leaving your carpet feeling sticky or crunchy. Once your carpet has been cleaned, a fabric stain protector can be applied to guard against spills from those upcoming holiday parties.

Wood Floor Cleaning and Protection: Our experienced team uses a deep-cleaning process that removes dirt and contaminants from your hardwood floors without damaging its seal. This process does not leave a strong smell, is non-toxic and dust-free. After your floor has been cleaned, we’ll preserve it with a quick-drying maintenance coat to seal it uniformly without leaving behind any residue. With a professional cleaning from ServiceMaster by Rice, you’ll be thrilled to invite family and friends over for the winter holidays.

Maintain a Regular Cleaning Schedule

After you’ve had your carpet and wood floors professionally cleaned and treated, it’s important to keep up with a regular vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping routine. Nobody wants to spend hours cleaning their floors, but remember that a little bit goes a long way. Running the vacuum after you’ve had the family over for Thanksgiving is a good way to maintain the comfort and longevity of your carpet; wiping up water and sweeping up the salt and sand that gets tracked into your home in the winter will prevent your hardwood floors from scratches and warps. Another good way to protect your wood floors from day-to-day wear and tear is to treat them with a poly coat technology, which acts as a barrier to prevent water and chemical damage.

Use Doormats and Area Rugs

Placing doormats both outside and inside your home at every entrance is a good way to remove most of the slush and winter debris before stepping onto your immaculate hardwood floor and carpet. Save the heavier-duty mats for outdoor use and avoid rugs with rubber backings or poor ventilation for inside your home, as these can cause damage to your wood floors. Arranging area rugs in high-traffic locations throughout your home is another great way to guard your floors from everyday scuffs, scratches, and spills. You can have fun with the décor and get into the holiday spirit by investing in festive mats and rugs.

BONUS TIP: Enforcing a “no-shoes policy” will help maintain the beauty and lifespan of your carpet and wood floors. Have a place for your family and guests to take off their shoes as soon as they enter your home to minimize all the snow, mud, salt, and other abrasive materials that can be tracked onto your floors this winter.

The severe Iowa winter doesn’t have to take a toll on your carpet or hardwood floors. Whether you live in Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Atlantic, Storm Lake, Spencer, Sioux Center, Fairmont, Okoboji, or Des Moines, ServiceMaster by Rice will help you take the first step to protect your beautiful carpet and hardwood floors this winter.