Going to the beach and enjoying the sun and the cold ocean water is a tried and true summer tradition for many Americans. While you’re lying on the beach reading your new mystery novel while sipping on a drink with a tiny umbrella, you’re probably not thinking about how you’re going to clean up all of that sand that you and your family will inevitably track back into your house or vacation rental. In fact, we sincerely hope that while you are relaxing, reading, and sipping, that you’re thinking of the very best thing of all, nothing. So, let us do all the thinking about those everyday things like cleaning sand out of various places around the home while you relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Getting Sand Out Of Carpet

For the most part, getting sand out of your carpet won’t be an issue, except if you have children or dogs that also went to the beach with you. In that case, then you will definitely need to know how to clean sand out of just about every part of the house, including the carpet. 

Here’s some steps you can take:

  • The first thing you should do is to try to gently scoop any large sized sand clumps off of the carpet with your hands or with a dry paper towel. 
  • Next, take a fairly stiff bristled brush and brush over the impacted area in order to draw the rest of the sand to the top portion of the carpet so that the vacuum can grab it. 
  • You can also take a clean, dry microfiber cloth and agitate the area as well. Sand tends to be drawn toward microfiber and this can really help reduce the amount of sand trapped in the carpet.
  • If you’re able to catch the sand before it has time to work its way into the depths of the carpet, then now is a good time to run the vacuum over the affected area or the whole carpet if you have time. This will get the majority of the sand for now. 
    • While vacuuming, make sure to vacuum slowly as you go over the main sandy area
    • Make sure to alternate your vacuuming patterns as well. Do a criss cross pattern coming from different directions. This will help agitate the sand and help to bring it to the surface
  • Finally, if you can still feel sand in your carpet and want to go the extra mile, you can leave a thin layer of baking soda on the area and let that sit overnight. Once it’s had about 8 to 12 hours to sit, you can vacuum it up. This helps to draw the moisture and the other sand particles to the surface and clumps on them and allows them to be drawn into the vacuum.
  • If you have sand that is really stuck in there, then you can take a power drill and attach a brush head to it (make sure it is safe for carpet) and run the spinning brush head around your carpet while using the handheld sucker stick part of your vacuum to “catch” the agitated sand as it hops up from the mechanical brush. 

For The Road

Being able to clean up every mess in your home for when you return home from vacation is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!