Pittsburgh’s winter season is in full swing! Between the frigid weather and the yo-yoing temperatures, it feels as if there are natural forces working against us all this time of year. But there’s another silent enemy of winter home care we must be mindful of: rock salt.
Not only can the chemicals in this ice-melting tool wreak havoc on your shoes and tires, they can also cause damage to your carpet and other flooring. Another issue that can arise is subpar air quality in your home, as soiled carpet can spread allergens and pollutants throughout your home by releasing them into the air.
But this isn’t the time to give up! There are many steps you can take to care for your carpets during the winter here in the Pittsburgh region.
Make a “No Shoes” Policy
We’re sure you’ve visited a friend or relative’s home and been asked to remove your shoes upon entering. While it may seem like a pain in the moment, this action can really help maintain your carpets and avoid any unnecessary damage year round, but particularly during the winter months.
There are a few easy ways to ensure this happens when a guest enters your home. First, find a specific area near your entryway for the shoes to be places. You’ll want to be sure that any wet footwear is placed on flooring that can withstand the wear, on a small, durable area rug, or on a rack of some kind.
You also may want to add a small sign asking guests to remove their shoes, just in case.
Clean Your Carpets Regularly
Ideally, you already vacuum your heavily traffic carpet areas twice each week, but for areas with less traffic, weekly is just fine. Pro tip: always use a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar or rotating brush and with a strong air flow.
No matter how often you vacuum in the winter, your carpet will still need heavy-duty cleaning from time to time. We recommend hiring a trained carpet care professional to perform this service at least once each year to refresh the texture and rejuvenate the fibers. If you worry your carpet is beginning to show wear during the winter, now is the perfect time to have your carpets cleaned.
Do you have any winter carpet care tips? Feel free to share them with us in the comments!
In Western Pennsylvania, sunrooms are valuable spaces as the weather starts to cool off. These rooms can provide warmth in the cooler hours of the day while still allowing you to bask in the sunshine of midday, regardless of the temperature outside. The sunroom is perfect for easing you into autumn’s brisk temperatures, especially if you have the right flooring and a climate controlled room.With the right decor and flooring choices, you can use sunrooms 365 days a year, not just in the summer!
Vinyl, sometimes referred to as LVT, and carpeted floors are the best choices to use for your sunroom if you want to use it year-round. These floorings options are most tolerant to Western PA’s extreme temperature changes and humidity swings. With the right flooring, it is easy to transition your sunroom from fall to winter.
Add an Area Rug
When you want to change things up for the colder seasons, an area rug can be a great complement to your flooring choice. It’s an easy way to incorporate new colors into the room. Not only a good source of color and themes, an area rug can help warm up the room as well. For any parts of the room not covered by the rug, keep your favorite slippers by the room’s doorway and don’t forget to bring a hot cup of your favorite tea in with you!
Decorate with Holiday Pieces
As the holidays get closer and closer, it is a good time to break out the holiday decor and to remember your sunroom while you are decorating! A few holiday decorations can be placed around the room will help to make it seasonal. Your decor choices can be as simple as a pumpkin as a centerpiece, a wreath on a wall, or a vase of fall foliage placed somewhere you can enjoy it.
Bring out the Pillows and Blankets
Consider investing in a few decorative pillows and throw blankets that would make your sunroom cozy for the cooler months. These items could be holiday themed or just colors and patterns that you find pleasing. They will help to make the room more inviting and tempt you from the rest of the house to enjoy the occasional balmy winter day from your sunroom.
These little decor ideas will transition your sunroom to the perfect cozy autumn space that you will keep enjoying into the winter months.
Reach out to us today if you have any questions about what flooring would best suit your needs and don’t forget to check out our collection of floors suitable for sunrooms at any of our 5 locations!
Here’s what on our Pittsburgh summer bucket list. What’s on yours? Let us know in the comments!
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
- Kayaking at one of Kayak Pittsburgh’s locations
- Go for a hike or whitewater rafting in Ohiopyle
- Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park
- Downtown Rooftop Shindig
- See a concert at Hartwood Acres
- Get in a water gun and water balloon fight
- Play mini golf
- Batting cages
- Go to the drive-in
- Spend a Saturday or Sunday morning at a farmer’s market to grab some fresh food for dinner
- See Pittsburgh from a new perspective by taking a duck tour
- Take a cruise on the Gateway Clipper
- Go to a Pirates game
- Catch a show at Stage AE
- Head over to the National Aviary for an afternoon
- Enjoy all Pittsburgh’s many city parks have to offer – tennis courts, swimming pools, golf courses and more
- Don’t forget rainy days too – Pittsburgh has great museums for all ages and interests