When you own a home or run a business with carpeting, keeping up with regular cleaning and maintenance is essential. If you neglect to care for your carpets properly, they’ll become unattractive and potentially even hazardous to the health of occupants and/or customers.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of common DIY carpet cleaning methods people practice that can actually destroy your carpet faster, instead of preserving it.
Here are four of the damaging cleaning habits you need to break for the sake of your carpet:
1) Using the wrong products
Different carpet materials require different care tactics and cleaning solutions. Many people make the mistake of relying on generic cleaners that aren’t effective for their specific carpet. Even worse, some of these cleaners contain harsh chemicals—or chemicals incompatible with your carpet material—that can permanently damage or discolor the fibers of your carpet.
2) Incorrect use of deodorizer
A lot of home and business owners who want to freshen up their carpet don’t realize that carpet deodorizers are only really designed to combat odor, not clean. You may think sprinkling a layer of this powder on the surface doubles as your monthly carpet cleaning, but you’re actually probably making them dirtier. The average vacuum isn’t powerful enough to remove all of the deodorizer, so it builds up and gets ground into the carpet by foot traffic over time.
3) Scrubbing too hard
You might instinctively assume that the harder you work at a stain on your carpet, the more thoroughly you’re removing it—especially if you waited too long to act and the stain has now set. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Scrubbing one spot on your carpet vigorously will just push the stain down deeper and damage the fibers, sometimes even causing them to fray.
4) Skipping professional cleaning
Although regular carpet upkeep is important, it’s no substitute for a deep cleaning done by a professional. Only a professional carpet cleaner will have the tools and expertise necessary to truly ensure your carpet is thoroughly clean and in good shape. If you want to maximize the life of your carpet, assure it does not impact indoor air quality, and keep it looking attractive, an annual professional cleaning is essential.
The residential and commercial carpet cleaning services we provide at Horizon Carpet will restore the carpets in your home or business to their original quality in a matter of hours! We’ll take care of all those stubborn spills, unsightly debris, and whatever else might need freshening up after years of wear and tear.
Contact the Horizon team to schedule your professional carpet cleaning today!