Traditional Carpet Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid
Taking care of your carpets means an occasional deep cleaning. Vacuuming regularly helps to keep dirt and grime from getting ground into the carpet fibers and the backing. However, every carpet will need to be steam cleaned or dry cleaned at some point. When well kept, your carpet investment will last.
Steam cleaning doesn't really use steam, so don't get your steam mop out and think it will work. It uses just a controlled amount of hot water which is quickly vacuumed up. Here are some other common carpet cleaning mistakes to avoid which could ruin your carpeting investment pretty quickly.
Not Using Pet Odor Treatments Before Cleaning
If you have pets, it's best to use a pet treatment prior to carpet cleaning. While normal carpets should smell pretty good after a good cleaning, pet odors have to be treated differently. Don't try to use steam cleaning.
For spots where a pet has soiled your carpeting, you can use baking soda, vinegar, or Dawn dish soap. Mix the vinegar with about 50% water and spray it on. Press or stand on the towel and then blot dry. Baking soda can be sprinkled on an hour before vacuuming, but this is only best for odors and not the urine itself.
It's best to have your carpets professionally cleaned if you own pets.
Over Wetting Carpets During Cleaning
It's far too easy to over wet carpets while cleaning. This can be a problem for a number of reasons. If the carpet cannot dry down deep, there could be mildew problems. Mildewy carpeting is stinky and very bad to walk around on. A carpet should be dry within about 24 hours at most.
If you are cleaning them yourself, don't go over the same area several times. You can overlap the lines with the wand just a bit, but don't overdo the whole strip you just cleaned. Just move slow and steady and follow the directions. Pretreating the stains and particularly grimy areas will help the carpet cleaning to go smoother.
Using The Wrong Soap or Too Much Soap
Many people will use other types of soap in a carpet cleaning machine and expect it to be fine. This is a mistake because carpet cleaning shampoo is not sudsy or foamy. This foam will dry on your carpeting and you'll never be able to get it all out. Don't use dish soap or household liquid soap, only use carpet cleaning detergents. A similar mistake is to use too much soap and not rinse enough. A soapy residue makes the carpet feel gross and is a magnet for dirt.
Not Letting Carpets Dry
If not using a dry extraction carpet cleaning method, there will be problems if the carpets are not dry before using them. This can cause mildew and carpet rotting. Metal furniture bottoms can rust and leave stains on the carpet. You can shorten the time for the carpet to dry after cleaning by turning on ceiling fans in the room or by setting up a box fan.
Depending on how much water is used, it can take anywhere between two to twenty-four hours for a carpet to dry. It also varies based on humidity, air flow, and the carpet type. With do-it-yourself carpet cleaning, you'll be safer to wait the 24 hours. With professional carpet cleaning, your carpets could be dry and ready to use in one hour depending on what method is used.
Cleaning Carpets Too Often
You may think that you could never clean carpets too often, but you can. Over cleaning the carpets can damage them. Especially if the fibers aren't very durable or strong, to begin with. With professional carpet cleaning, two main techniques are used: steam cleaning, and dry carpet cleaning.
How often you should clean the carpet will depend a great deal on what type of carpeting it is and how much foot traffic goes over it. With commercial-grade carpet, the carpet can stand up to more frequent cleaning than the carpeting most often found in homes. Your carpet cleaning professional should advise you on how often to clean your home's carpets. Often, spot cleaning could be all you need.