Whether you just got new carpet last year or you’ve been walking, rolling, crawling, spilling, and living on the same carpeted floors for a decade, take better care of your carpet and make it last longer by forgetting these 5 myths.
Nice try, but cleaning your carpet regularly is vital to prolonging the life of your carpet. Regular vacuuming removes dirt, pet hair, and other debris from the surface and helps keep it clean in between professional cleanings. Just make sure you’re using a high-quality vacuum that picks up dust and dirt without fraying the carpet.
As mentioned above, vacuuming removes dirt and debris from the surface of the carpet, but only professional cleaning removes allergens, residue, and debris from the surface to the bottom mat. You should vacuum at least once a week (or more frequently as needed) to keep your carpet fresh between annual cleanings.
Vinegar, baking soda, and store-bought chemical cleaners won’t effectively remove odors or stains from the carpet. They will, however, leave chemical residue behind, and some will cause discoloration or bleaching. Chemical cleaners are also potentially toxic to pets and small kids.
4. Only “old” carpet needs to be professionally cleaned.
Heads up, even if your carpet is only a year old, it’s chock full of dust, dirt, and pet dander. Vacuuming throughout the year can help keep dirty carpet in check, but you should have carpeted floors steam cleaned at least once a year to keep it cleaner, brighter, and safer for your household.
5. Steam cleaning damages carpet.
Rumor has it that steam cleaning can cause carpet to mildew, leaves behind sticky residues, and can actually cause your carpets to get dirty faster than non-steam-cleaned carpets. All of these are true…IF the steam cleaning isn’t done correctly, which is why it’s vital to call a professional carpet cleaner.
If you’re guilty of any of these carpet cleaning snafus (don’t worry, it happens to the best of us), get a free quote from Elite Clean today and say goodbye to dirty, worn carpets!
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