Having clean carpet is one of the most important parts of having a tidy, healthy home. Here are top five carpet cleaning mistakes you should avoid to achieve the cleanest carpet possible.
1. Waiting to Clean up the Spill
As soon as the dreaded spill or splat happens, move quickly to clean it up. Spills sink immediately into the fibers, making them more difficult to remove. If the spill is acidic, it could even eat away at the carpet fibers. While if the stain is left unattended for too long, the spill can seep into the carpet padding.
2. Not Testing Cleaning Products Prior to Use
In order to avoid potentially ruining your carpet, you should test the cleaning products in a discrete area. Before using them for the first time, take some time and apply them in the corner of the room or under a couch or rug. This simple, extra step can help avoid an even larger, unwanted stain in the middle of your room.
3. Never Hiring Professional Carpet Cleaners
If your carpets are well worn with frequent stains from children or pets, or if you are trying to get your home ready for an open house, a professional carpet cleaning could do the trick. Professional cleanings will remove most of the pesky little stain remnants, pet hair, and long lasting odors.
4. Using Deodorizing Powder to Clean Spills
We all want our carpets and rugs to smell clean and fresh, but one common mistake that people make is using deodorizing powders to clean up spills. Deodorizing powders aren’t designed to clean up spills, so it is best to use it after the stain is removed. Make sure you don’t use the powder too often because vacuums aren’t strong enough to pull out all of the powder from the carpet fibers and this can result in buildup in the carpet fibers.
5. Scrubbing Spills out of the Carpet
When the time comes to remove the dreaded stain out of your carpet, we all have a tendency to scrub the stains out as hard and as fast as we can. Even though you may be removing the stain, scrubbing your carpet untwists and fades the carpet fibers which causes permanent damage. The best way to remove a stain is to start by scraping up what you can with a spoon and then blot the stain with a towel. After the moisture is absorbed, use a stain remover.
For more valuable information on cleaning your carpets, check out this rug cleaning guide from NW Rugs.