4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Jun 25, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

As professional carpet cleaners, we’ve encountered countless carpets and, unfortunately, numerous carpet cleaning mistakes. To help you avoid these pitfalls, here are the top four errors we often see homeowners make.


Not vacuuming often enough.


You probably know that regular vacuuming is essential for maintaining a clean home. But do you understand why it’s so important and how often you should be doing it?


Vacuuming removes dirt and grime from your carpets, which, if left too long, can wear down carpet fibers and cause damage. Carpets also trap dirt and dust from the air, preventing them from circulating in your home. However, if carpets become too full of dirt, they lose their effectiveness and can worsen indoor air quality.


We recommend vacuuming all carpets in your home at least once a week. If you have pets, children, or wear shoes indoors, you may need to vacuum more frequently to keep your carpets clean and maintain a healthy environment.


Not Giving High-traffic Areas Adequate Protection


Consider how you move around your home daily. There are likely spots you walk through more frequently, such as hallways, entryways, and areas in front of furniture. These high-traffic zones require special care to endure the constant use.


One way to extend the life of these areas is by adding a rug. If you already have a rug, rotate it regularly to distribute wear evenly.


If a rug isn’t feasible, make sure to vacuum these areas consistently. Additionally, we offer a carpet protectant that adds a protective coating to your carpet, helping it resist stains commonly found in high-traffic areas.


Scrubbing At Spots And Stains

When you spill something on your carpet, your first instinct might be to grab a towel and start scrubbing. However, aggressively scrubbing a spill will often just push the stain deeper and spread it further. Instead, gently dab at the stain to absorb the liquid. Use a white rag, as colored or patterned towels can transfer dye to the carpet, worsening the issue.


If gentle blotting doesn’t remove the stain, it’s best to call professional carpet cleaners like On Time Chem-Dry. DIY stain removal methods often backfire, leading to carpet damage and more stubborn stains. To keep your carpet looking its best, trust the professionals.


Forgoing Professional Cleanings

You might think that regular vacuuming and quickly soaking up spills are enough to keep your carpet in top shape. However, vacuums can only clean the surface layer of your carpet. Over time, dirt and dust that escape the vacuum’s suction become embedded near the carpet backing, leading to a matted texture, dull appearance, and visible traffic lines. The only way to remove this deeply embedded grime is through a professional cleaning service. Even if your carpets don’t appear dirty, you’ll be amazed at how much better they look and feel after a thorough professional cleaning.


Are you making any of the above cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. Give us a call at (931) 551-2674 today to get started!

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