One of the best things you can do to combat the tracking in of the elements is to utilize a good floor mat or two. We recommend having one just outside the door as well as perhaps a more decorative one on the inside. This will trap the sand and salt and allow you to shake it out once a week.
Keeping your furnace filters changed out and fresh will also help. Without a good furnace filter your carpet will step up to do the job. Carpet fibers are one of the best air filters a home has. But by utilizing a clean furnace filter you can limit your carpets potential for gathering these airborne pollutants.
For those tracked in and airborne particles that eventually do settle in your carpet a good, thorough, once a week vacuuming is what you will need. We find two errors in peoples regular vacuuming. Many people neglect to empty their vacuum (or replace their vacuum bags) as often as they should. A vacuum's performance will start to suffer after it's capacity is more than half full. The second thing we see with vacuuming is that people simply go to quick. One needs to allow time for a vacuum to do it's job which means pushing it at a slower pace. Unless the vacuum is too loud, you should be able to hear the difference between a vacuum that is still picking up debri and when it is vacuuming a relatively clean section of carpet.
Employing these techniques will keep your flooring looking it's best until it's annual steam cleaning. When that time comes, we hope you will give us a call so that we can use our state of the art truck mounted steam cleaning machine to give your carpet it's yearly deep clean.