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Tips To Protect Your Home From Damage While Heating With Kerosene

by Vincent Hoffman

Kerosene heaters can really be a lifesaver when temperatures drop below what your home's heating system can keep up with. Unfortunately, that kerosene heater that's keeping you warm is coating your carpets with residue. This residue will eventually cause discolorations in your carpeting, upholstered furniture, and even the ceiling and walls. Here, you'll find a few tips to help undo the damage that's been done and prevent it from occurring again in the future.

Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

At the end of the season, when you're sure that you're done using the kerosene heater for the year, contact your local carpet and upholstery cleaning service. Having the carpets and upholstery cleaned as soon as you're done using the heater will help to prevent more dirt from becoming absorbed in the oily residue and causing stains. Speak with the staff at a residential carpet cleaning company for more information. 

Tip: Tell the cleaners that you'd been using a kerosene heater — they may have a product that will do better removing oily residue than traditional carpet shampoo or focus more on certain areas. 

Vacuum Often

The cleaner you can keep the carpeting and upholstery while the heater is in use, the less likely there is to be stains at the end of the season. A lot of the problem is caused because of the sticky residue causes the dirt to stick to it, then it's walked or sat on and pressed deep into the fibers.

Tip: Clean the upholstery brush each time you use it so that you don't cause dirt to stick on the furniture that was stuck in the bristles of the brush.

Lay a Platform Down

Get a sheet of wood and cover it with some vinyl flooring. You want it to be large enough to extend a couple of feet on each side of the heater. This will keep the ring from appearing on your carpeting by the end of the season. If you've used the heater in years past, you've probably noticed the large ring in the carpet that extends several inches beyond the diameter of the heater itself. This platform will do 2 things — prevent that circle and make it easier for you to clean up drips and spills that occur when filling the heater.

Circulate the Air

Keep your ceiling fans turned on and if you don't have one to use, use a free-standing fan to circulate the air in the room. Not only will this help to keep the space more comfortable, but it will keep the residue that's in the air moving so it doesn't settle directly around the heater.

That heater can be a lifesaver, and it doesn't have to destroy your house — hopefully, these tips will help you prevent that damage while staying warm.