Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Mar 13, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

Navigating through online information can be quite challenging, especially when it comes to finding advice on home care. This is particularly true for carpet cleaning, as there are numerous questionable tips and techniques available online. At Precision Chem-Dry in Salt Lake City, we frequently encounter homeowners who have followed misleading online advice, resulting in carpet damage. Our experienced carpet cleaners also come across customers who seek advice on unusual methods they found online, which may not be suitable for their carpets.

To help you take better care of your carpets, our team has created a guide that debunks some of the most common misconceptions about carpet care. This resource will provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions and protect your valuable carpets.

Using salt to brighten carpets. 

We’re not sure where this tip even comes from, but we’ve heard salt is supposed to brighten your carpet and make it appear cleaner. That’s not what happens when you pour salt into your carpets. For starters, salt on its own is not going to clean anything. Additionally, your home vacuum is unlikely to be able to remove all of the salt, so you’re leaving behind grit that creates friction between carpet fibers, contributing to wear and tear. 

For carpets showing signs of dullness or unsightly traffic patterns, consider professional deep cleaning. This service, employing reliable and effective methods, restores the original vibrancy and beauty of your carpets, ensuring long-lasting results.

Steaming your carpet with a clothes steamer or steam mop. 

It can be tempting to save money on carpet cleaning by using your clothes steamer or steam mop to steam clean your carpets at home. However, this is not a recommended method since these household machines are not specifically designed to clean carpets. Moreover, it is important to note that steam cleaning is not the most effective method for deep carpet cleaning.

Chem-Dry has introduced an advanced cleaning process known as Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) that provides superior results in carpet cleaning. Unlike steam cleaning, our techniques do not leave your carpets overly saturated, nor do they pose any risk of overheating your carpets, which are common issues with steam cleaning.

Scrubbing carpet with a scrub brush. 

The natural instinct to scrub dirty surfaces doesn’t translate well to carpet cleaning. Unlike hard surfaces like dishes, carpets are composed of densely woven, delicate fibers. Scrubbing can negatively impact their texture, color, and lifespan. Furthermore, attempting to remove stains through scrubbing can inadvertently spread them, exacerbating the problem.

At Precision Chem-Dry, we offer a different approach. Our professional carpet cleaning services, including our Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.®) and specialty stain removal options, utilize advanced methods that target stains and dirt at a molecular level. This gentle yet effective approach removes the issue without damaging your carpets, leaving them clean and healthy.

Applying vinegar to the carpet. 

While vinegar is a popular natural cleaning agent in many household applications, it’s not recommended for deep carpet cleaning. Notably, its strong acidic properties can pose potential risks to your carpets. These risks include:

  • Unpleasant odor: The pungent smell of vinegar can be difficult to remove from carpets, creating an unwelcome and lingering fragrance in your home.
  • Color fading: The acidity of vinegar can contribute to the fading of carpet fibers, especially in delicate materials.
  • Fiber stiffness: Vinegar exposure can cause carpet fibers to become stiff and lose their soft texture.

Therefore, it’s essential to seek professional deep cleaning services that employ safe and effective methods designed specifically for carpets. This approach ensures optimal results without jeopardizing the appearance and longevity of your valuable floor coverings.

Choose Professional Deep Carpet Cleaning 

Our professional deep carpet cleaning services are powered by the Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) process. This advanced process delivers exceptional results while maintaining the integrity of your carpet. HCE methodically removes dirt and soil that have become embedded deep within the fibers of your carpet, through a gentle lifting action. This ensures a thorough cleaning without causing any damage to your carpet. Furthermore, our HCE method uses minimal water and does not rely on harsh soaps or detergents, which can cause prolonged drying times, sticky residue, and potential damage often associated with traditional cleaning methods.

Choosing professional carpet cleaning offers several advantages. Firstly, carpets are dry within hours, minimizing disruption to your daily routine. Secondly, our HCE process eliminates unpleasant odors commonly encountered with DIY cleaning methods, leaving your carpets fresh and fragrant. Moreover, professional cleaning contributes to the longevity of your carpets while promoting a healthier indoor environment for your family and pets.

Trust Precision Chem-Dry for a reliable deep carpet cleaning process. Call (801) 266-8150 to schedule your Salt Lake City cleaning today.

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