3 Carpet Cleaning Mistakes To Stop

Posted on: 9 October 2019

Dirt, dust, dead skin cells, food residue, hair, and other residues will build up in your carpets and rugs over time no matter how much you vacuum and try to care for your floors. This dirt and residue decrease the appeal of your carpet, but it also leads to odors while wearing down the carpet fibers and padding. Fortunately, help is available. This guide will help you avoid the most common mistakes made when cleaning and caring for your carpets.

Scrubbing Stains

If you are like most people, you may have to deal with some sort of stain affecting the carpet. From pet stains to juice spills, all stains can be quite overwhelming.

In most cases, your first inclination may be to quickly spray the carpet down with your favorite carpet cleaner and start excessively scrubbing the stain. Unfortunately, scrubbing will only cause the stain to spread, affecting an even larger part of your carpet.

For the best results, attempt to blot up the stain first. Use a white towel or a few paper towels to blot, soaking up any leftover liquid or residue from the carpet fiber. Continue blotting until the stain begins to lighten.

Using the Wrong Cleaning Solution

Another mistake many people make is using the wrong cleaning solution on the carpet stain. Even though there is a large selection of carpet cleaners available at the store, these solutions may not be best for your carpet or the specific stain.

For an all-purpose cleaning solution that is effective and safe, make your own. In a spray bottle, combine a few cups of warm water with a drop or two of liquid dish soap. Or, mix water and white vinegar in a bottle. Test the solution on a small area of carpet before using it on the stain.

Douse the stain with the cleaning solution and allow it to soak for a few seconds before blotting with a clean towel or paper towels.

DIY Steam Cleaning

Many homeowners also make the mistake of attempting to steam clean their carpets and rugs using machines they purchased or rented. Unfortunately, this DIY method of steam cleaning is not usually effective, since you are probably not using the right techniques or cleaning solutions.

On average, experts recommend having high-traffic areas of your carpet cleaned by professionals every 12 to 18 months. This not only ensures your carpet is cleaned properly but also helps prolong the life of your carpet and padding.

For more information, contact a local carpet cleaning service.