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Carpet Cleaning Don’ts

Feb 8, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning Don’ts

The internet is a vast source of advice, both valuable and dubious. If you’ve ever searched online for tips on deep carpet cleaning, only to find questionable recommendations, you’re not alone. Homeowners in Santa Cruz County often approach our professional carpet cleaners with concerns about methods they’ve read about online or, worse, after realizing they’ve inadvertently damaged their carpets due to misguided internet tips. We want to ensure you don’t face the same predicament, so our carpet cleaning experts are here to debunk some of the misguided carpet care advice we’ve encountered.

Using salt to brighten carpets.

The origin of this tip is unclear, but there is a misconception that salt can brighten and clean carpets. However, pouring salt onto your carpets will not effectively clean them. In fact, salt on its own does not possess cleaning properties. Furthermore, your household vacuum may struggle to remove all the salt, resulting in residual grit that can cause friction and accelerate carpet wear and tear.

If your carpets are looking particularly dull or are displaying unappealing traffic lanes, opt instead for professional deep carpet cleaning that will restore their original color and beauty with more reliable methods. Using DIY methods is not worth risking your beautiful carpets. Stick with the pros!

Steaming your carpet with a clothes steamer or steam mop.

While it may be tempting to cut costs by attempting to steam clean your carpets with a clothes steamer or steam mop, this is not advisable. These household machines are not designed for effective carpet cleaning in Santa Cruz. Moreover, it’s important to note that steam cleaning is not the optimal method for achieving a deep clean of your carpets.

At Chem-Dry, we have developed a more effective process called Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) to get your carpet cleaner. Unlike steam cleaning, our techniques will not leave your carpets soaking wet, nor will they risk heating your carpets to inappropriately high temperatures–two problems that are associated with using any type of steamer on your carpet.

Scrubbing carpet with a scrub brush.

If you need to clean something, you scrub it, right? While that might be true for dirty dishes, you do not want to scrub your carpets. This is because carpets are made of densely woven, delicate fibers, and scrubbing can have a negative effect on their texture, color, and overall lifespan. Plus, when you scrub a stain or spot in your carpet, you’re likely just spreading it around instead of actually removing it. That’s why it’s always better to approach the removal of spots and stains on a molecular level, which is exactly what our Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.®) and specialty stain removal services do.

Applying vinegar to the carpet.

Vinegar is often thought of as a natural cleaning agent, and this is true in many contexts. However, vinegar is not the magic solution for deep carpet cleaning. Before you dump vinegar on your carpets, take a whiff of it and consider just how you’re going to remove this smelly liquid from your carpets. We know what many homeowners end up doing: calling Chem-Dry of Sant Cruz County to deep clean the carpets after this DIY gone awry.

Of course, the unpleasant smell of vinegar isn’t the only reason to avoid using it to clean your carpets. Its acidic properties can also be problematic when it comes to the color and texture of your carpet, and exposure can lead to fading and stiffness.

Choose Professional Deep Carpet Cleaning

When you choose our deep carpet cleaning services, you won’t have to risk damaging your carpet in order to deep clean and restore its beauty. Our HCE process is effective at lifting embedded soil from deep within carpets and removing it with ease. Because our process only requires a fraction of the water used in steam cleaning and doesn’t rely on soapy detergents, it won’t leave your carpets wet for days or covered with a sticky residue.

By opting for professional carpet cleaners, you can swiftly resume your daily routine within a few hours. Say goodbye to the lingering unpleasant odors that DIY cleaning methods often leave behind. Instead, revel in the sight and scent of fresh and pristine carpets. What’s more, you’ll be safeguarding their longevity and fostering a healthier home environment with this crucial step.

Get started with a deep carpet cleaning process that you can trust! Call Chem-Dry of Santa Cruz County at (831) 688-4858 today to schedule your carpet cleaning in Watsonville and other areas in Santa Cruz County like Scotts Valley and Aptos.

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