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4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Jan 16, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Being professional carpet cleaners in Santa Cruz, we’ve had the opportunity to encounter numerous carpets. Regrettably, this also means we’ve witnessed a considerable number of carpet-cleaning mistakes made by homeowners. Allow us to share with you the top four mistakes we commonly come across, so that you may steer clear of them.

Not vacuuming often enough.

Okay, you probably know that you should vacuum often. It’s part of keeping a clean home. However, do you know just why vacuuming is so important and how often you should be vacuuming?

Regular vacuuming is essential to maintain the cleanliness and longevity of your carpets. By removing dirt and grime, you prevent them from wearing down the fibers and causing damage. Moreover, carpets act as filters, trapping dirt and dust particles from the air and preventing them from circulating in your home. However, when carpets become excessively dirty, their ability to effectively trap dirt diminishes, potentially worsening indoor air quality.

We recommend vacuuming all carpets in your home weekly at a minimum. If you have pets, or children, or wear shoes in the home, you likely need to vacuum more frequently to keep your carpets clean.

Not Giving High-traffic Areas Adequate Protection

Consider your daily movements within your home. Undoubtedly, there are certain areas that you traverse more frequently than others, such as hallways, the entryway, and spaces in front of furniture. These particular zones require special attention to withstand the heavy foot traffic they endure. One effective way to prolong the lifespan of these high-traffic areas is by incorporating a rug. If you already possess a rug, it is advisable to regularly rotate it to ensure even distribution of wear and tear.

If a rug isn’t an option, be sure to vacuum these areas regularly. We also offer a carpet protectant which adds a protective coating to your carpet, helping it withstand the stains that high traffic areas are more likely to see.

Scrubbing At Spots And Stains

When a spill occurs on your carpet, your instinct may be to grab a towel and vigorously scrub. However, this approach often leads to rubbing the stain in and spreading it further. Instead, it is advisable to gently dab at the stains to remove the liquid. It is important to use a white rag, as colored towels or patterned paper towels can sometimes transfer dye to the carpet, exacerbating the issue.

If you cannot remove the stain with gentle blotting, your safest course of action is to call professional carpet cleaners in Santa Cruz, CA, like Chem-Dry of Santa Cruz County. We have seen DIY stain removal methods go wrong way too often, resulting in carpet damage and worse stains. This is something to leave to the professionals if you want your carpet to look nice.

Forgoing Professional Cleanings

Regular vacuuming and quick spill clean-ups may give the impression of caring for your carpet, but unfortunately, they only address the surface. Over time, dirt and dust that escapes the suction action make their way to the carpet backing, resulting in a matted texture, a lackluster appearance, and visible traffic lines. To truly remove this hidden grime and restore your carpets, professional cleaning services are necessary. Even if your carpets appear clean, you’d be amazed at the remarkable improvement in their look and feel after a thorough cleaning.

Are you making any of the above cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team in Santa Cruz County can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. Give us a call at (831) 688-4858 today to get started!

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