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4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Jan 5, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

As professional carpet cleaners in San Jose, CA, we have seen a lot of carpets. Unfortunately, that means we’ve seen our fair share of carpet mistakes too. Here are the top four mistakes that we see homeowners make so you can avoid them.

Not vacuuming often enough.

Okay, you probably know that you should vacuum often. It’s part of keeping a clean home. However, do you know just why vacuuming is so important and how often you should be vacuuming?

Regularly vacuuming your carpets is essential for removing dirt and grime that can accumulate over time. If left untreated, this accumulated dirt can cause wear and tear on your carpet fibers, potentially damaging them. Additionally, carpets act as a filter, capturing dirt and dust from the air and preventing it from circulating throughout your home. However, if carpets become excessively dirty, their ability to effectively trap dirt diminishes, potentially worsening indoor air quality instead of improving it. Therefore, it is crucial to maintain a balance by ensuring regular and thorough vacuuming to keep your carpets clean and your indoor environment healthy.

We recommend vacuuming all carpets in your home weekly at a minimum. If you have pets, or children, or wear shoes in the home, you likely need to vacuum more frequently to keep your carpets clean.

Not Giving High-traffic Areas Adequate Protection

Consider the patterns of your movement throughout your home on any given day. Undoubtedly, there are certain areas that you frequent more frequently than others – hallways, entryways, and spaces in front of furniture, for instance. These particular regions require special attention in order to endure the heavy foot traffic they constantly endure. One effective method to prolong the lifespan of these high-traffic areas is to incorporate a rug. If you already possess a rug, it is advisable to periodically rotate it to ensure even distribution of wear and tear.

If a rug isn’t an option, be sure to vacuum these areas regularly. We also offer a carpet protectant which adds a protective coating to your carpet, helping it withstand the stains that high traffic areas are more likely to see.

Scrubbing At Spots And Stains

When you accidentally spill something on your carpet, your initial reaction may be to quickly grab a towel and vigorously scrub the area. However, this approach typically leads to rubbing the stain in and causing it to spread even further. Instead, it is best to gently blot the stain to remove the liquid. It is important to use a white rag for this purpose, as colored towels or patterned paper towels can potentially transfer dye to the carpet and exacerbate the problem. By following these steps, you can effectively address carpet stains without causing additional harm.

If you cannot remove the stain with gentle blotting, your safest course of action is to call professional carpet cleaners in San Jose, like Almaden Chem-Dry. 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.

Forgoing Professional Cleanings

You may assume that if you’re vacuuming regularly and quickly soaking up spills, you’re giving your carpet all the care that it needs. Unfortunately, your vacuum can only reach the top layer of your carpet. Over time, dirt and dust that has escaped the suction action will embed itself near the carpet backing, resulting in a matted texture, dull appearance, and traffic lines. The only way to get this grime out of the depths of your carpets is to use a professional cleaning service. 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 San Jose and other surrounding areas like Los Gatos, Saratoga, Almaden and more can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. Give us a call at (408) 370-7847 today to get started!

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