Cold weather, dry air and your carpet create the perfect environment to cause a shock of static electricity when you reach for the doorknob. Not only is it annoying, but a build-up of static electricity can potentially damage your computer or other sensitive electronics in your home. Computer technicians often wear antistatic wristbands, which can be purchased at most electronic stores, but there are several alternatives to outfitting your family with a collection of wristbands.
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Things you need
- Antistatic spray or liquid fabric softener
- Spray bottle
Add more moisture to the air. The air is drier in winter months, which aids in the build-up of static electricity in carpet fibres. Consider installing a humidifier or employ a low-tech solution to the problem by placing pans of water on the radiators in the room.
Spray your carpets with antistatic spray. Be aware that you may need to clean your carpet more often since the spray may attract more dirt. Consult your carpet retailer for recommendations, or try more than one brand to find one that is less sticky than another brand.
Treat the carpet with a solution of liquid fabric softener and water. Mix together one part liquid fabric softener with five parts water. Mist the carpet with the solution and allow it to air dry. Repeat every couple of months or as needed.
Tips and warnings
- Look for antistatic lotion to moisturise your hands. Professional technicians often use these speciality lotions before working on electronic equipment.
- If there is condensation on the windows when using the humidifier, adjust the settings. Too much moisture can cause your carpet to mildew.
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