Have you ever cleaned up a stain only to have it reappear the next day? If your answer is “yes,” then you didn’t remove it all the way. Below are eight carpet cleaning mistakes that can kill the life of your carpet:
- Vigorously scrubbing a carpet stain. Scrubbing can damage the carpet fibers by untwisting them and causing them to fray. It is much safer to blot!
- Not acting fast enough. By waiting for the spill to dry, you are allowing the liquid to soak into the carpet fibers and be absorbed into the carpet padding. This can lead to odor and even mold growth.
- Using the wrong cleaning product. This can lead to damage and even discoloration.
- Not testing a new cleaning solution. Always test on a hidden area to make sure it won’t bleach the color or damage the carpets fibers.
- Using a deodorizing powder incorrectly. Some deodorizing powders can lead to a gunky build-up over time if your vacuum isn’t strong enough to remove it thoroughly.
- Using too much chemical to clean. More is NOT better. Oversaturating your carpet with cleaning solution can lead to carpet damage and a buildup of dirt-attracting residue.
- Never having your carpet professionally cleaned. Professional carpet cleaning will not only prolong the life of your carpet, it will help to promote a cleaner indoor environment.
- Renting faulty carpet cleaning equipment. Frequently damaged or not serviced correctly, rental machines can damage your carpets and leave behind excess cleaning solution, resulting in rapid resoiling and sometimes even mold damage.