It’s summer again! And although that means more beach days, it also means rising temperatures and a new season for your home to adapt to. In San Diego, it is not uncommon for humid weather to come around. However, it is important to prepare your home, and especially your carpets, for the changes in the weather.
The Effects of Humidity on Carpets
Humid environments can have a number of damaging effects on carpets. Carpets are already susceptible to attracting dirt, dust, skin cells, and everything and anything else that may fall onto it and settle deep within the carpet fibers. This can create a nesting ground for bacteria to grow. A carpet in a humid environment can be a breeding ground for not only bacteria, but also unwanted pests, such as fleas. Flea eggs need a certain level of humidity for their eggs to be able to hatch. Once that level is reached, the carpet is the perfect home for fleas to hide. With bacteria harbored in your carpet, humidity can bring them out, which can make the effects on allergies much worse.
Humidity can also be a threat to the look and shape of your carpet. With water soaking into the carpet fibers, the fibers stretch and lose their strength. This can cause your carpet to lose their tautness, and can cause buckling and ripples in your carpet over time.
Additionally, humid carpets are more difficult to clean and to dry. The humidity in the air will cause the carpet fibers to become moist, and can keep the carpet in a state of perpetual dampness. And while it is always good to clean your carpets, a humid environment may not allow the carpet fibers to dry fully, and can re-spur bacteria growth.
How to Maintain Carpets in a Humid Environment
During days that tend to be drier and warmer, it is always good to let the home air out. By opening windows in the house, clean airflow can be let in. This airflow creates an equilibrium between the outside and inside environments, and can help reduce any humidity inside the home. Ceiling fans can also help perpetuate the movement of air throughout the home, replacing humid air with drier air from outdoors.
The best way to keep humidity at bay, and out of your carpets, is by keeping your home at a consistent temperature. Set the thermostat to a specific temperature range to regulate the temperature of the air inside the home. A consistent indoor temperature will not only keep everyone in the home comfortable, it will also put less strain on your carpets and can help reduce the level of moisture within its fibers when the weather fluctuates.
Here at Clean Earth Restorations, we believe it is always important to keep your carpets clean when the weather becomes humid. Clean carpets will eliminate growing bacteria, which can prevent unwanted odors and can help reduce the effects on allergies. When scheduling an appointment, we recommend running your air conditioner for at least four hours prior to the appointment. This will reduce the amount of moisture in the carpet fibers, and can ensure that the carpet dries properly once the job is done. If your home does not have an air conditioner, open windows to encourage airflow throughout the home. To schedule an appointment with one of our carpet cleaning professionals, give us a call at 888-471-6653 or visit our website at https://cleanearthrestorations.com/.
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