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Don’t Make These Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

May 8, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

Don’t Make These Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

We know a thing or two about carpets. We’ve seen a lot of them during our time as a professional carpet cleaner after all. But that also means we’ve seen plenty of mistakes when it comes to people cleaning their carpets. Here are the top four mistakes that we see homeowners make so you can avoid them. 

Avoiding the Vacuum

Frequent vacuuming is simply a must. It’s part of keeping a clean and healthy home. However, you may not know exactly how vacuuming accomplishes this.

Your carpets have more dirt and grime than you can see. This dirt, if left in your carpets for too long, will wear down your carpet fibers and damage your carpet over time. Plus, your carpet acts as an air filter trapping dust and allergens. However, if they get too full of dirt and dust, then they won’t be able to trap dirt effectively and may make your indoor air quality worse, not better. 

We recommend vacuuming your carpet at least once a week. If you have pets, children, or wear shoes in the home, you likely need to up that frequency to keep your carpets truly clean. 

Not Protecting Your High-Traffic Areas

Foot traffic can cause a lot of damage over time. But high foot traffic areas of your home are like that way for a reason. You need those areas in order for your house to function. So what can you do to protect your carpet in those areas? Add a rug of course! Similar to a carpet, you’ll need to maintain that rug, and will see some benefit from calling in a professional rug cleaner. But at the end of the day, rugs are made to take on foot-traffic better than wall-to-wall carpet can.

Scrubbing Down Stains

When you spill something on your carpet, your first thought will be to grab a cleaning solution and rag to start scrubbing. However, aggressively scrubbing at that stain will typically just rub it in and spread it further. What you want to do instead is gently dab at stains to remove the liquid. Be sure to use a white rag, as colored towels or patterned paper towels can sometimes transfer dye to the carpet, making the issue worse. 

Some stains are going to be too difficult to remove on your own. If that’s the case for you a professional carpet cleaning company, like L & J Chem-Dry can help. We have seen DIY stain removal methods go wrong way too often, resulting in carpet damage and worse stains. This is something to leave to the professionals if you want your carpet to look nice. 

Not Calling in the Pros

While all of these mistakes can cause issues, the biggest mistake you can make is avoiding a call to the pros. Vacuuming can only do so much. It’s an uphill battle that you will lose over time without having an annual or semi-annual carpet cleaning from a trusted company. Plus, even if your carpets don’t look dirty, you’d be surprised at how much better they look and feel after a good cleaning. 

Are you making any of the above cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team in Long Island & Great Neck can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. Give us a call at (516) 774-4393 today to get started!

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