Carpets today are made to last about 5 to 15 years, depending on carpet quality, type of fibers, the level of padding, amount of wear and tear, and cleaning regime. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has identified common carpet cleaning mistakes to help you extend the life of your carpet. Most relate to do-it-yourself carpet cleaning:
Vigorously scrubbing your carpet will damage carpet fibers.When you rub as hard as you can, you’re literally pushing the stain molecules into the carpet fibers and possibly into the very carpet base. Scrubbing also damages the carpet fibers by untwisting them and causing them to fray.
The longer you wait to remove a stain, the tougher it will be to remove. By waiting for a spill to dry, you are allowing the liquid to soak into the carpet fibers and be absorbed into the carpet padding. This can lead to wicking when you attempt to remove the spot, odor and sometimes even mold growth. Have cleaning supplies close by and act fost for best results.
Using the incorrect cleaning solution on your carpet can lead to permanent damage and even discoloration. Do your research before purchasing and using a cleaning solution on your carpet. When using a new cleaning solution for the first time, you should always prepare a hidden test patch to assess how the chemical will react to your carpet.
Follow guidelines from the manufacturer; carpet manufacturers are always eager to help valued customers resolve carpet stains. Go to their website or call their consumer helpline. Avoid powder carpet deodorizers. Often, the powder isn’t removed entirely with your vacuum cleaner and gets ground into the carpet.
Some rental machines tend to do more harm than good. Seldom sterilized and frequently returned damaged, rental machines can leave behind excess cleaning solution, resulting in rapid resoiling and sometimes even mold damage.
And “more” is not “better.” Excess carpet cleaning solution does not contribute to cleaner carpet. Oversaturating your carpet with a cleaning solution can result in a buildup of dirt-attracting residue.
To protect specific areas of your carpet from uneven wear and tear, add another layer of protection.If you don’t, you may find yourself replacing an entire room to correct a heavy traffic area. When the runners look worn, wash them. If they still look raggedy, toss them and buy another.
If you’re waiting until you have noticeable dirt and debris on your carpet to vacuum, you are wearing the carpet down. Invisible dust, dirt and oils that are deposited on your carpet can be lifted off before damage is done. It also fluffs the carpet fibers so you get that full, soft look and feel that attracted you to that carpet style in the first place.
Hiring a professional carpet cleaning company is absolutely the best option for deep cleaning your carpets. Professional carpet cleaning will extend the longevity of your carpets, and add to the cleanliness of your home’s environment. When hiring a carpet cleaning professional, insist on well equipped and well trained technicians certified in the latest carpet cleaning standards.
Professional carpet cleaning extends the life of the carpeting and contributes to better air quality. Renew your living space with Shambaugh Carpet Services. They have the tools and expertise to bring your carpets back to life.