Which Of These Carpet
Cleaning Mistakes Are You Making?
Most people ignore many things that are happening to their
carpets. Even after vacuuming a carpet regularly it gathers
nearly 25 pounds of dirt and soil in a year. This dust and
dirt can damage the fibre of your carpet, as it has the
potential even to cut a glass, if it is used very
frequently. Similarly most carpet owners make a number of
carpet cleaning mistakes which can cause permanent damage to
the carpet. Some of the mistakes people usually do while
cleaning their carpets are briefly discussed here under for
Walk on barefoot to protect the carpet:
Most people think that they can prolong the life of their
carpet if they walk barefoot on it. Though, it is better
than walking on it with shoes but still you cannot avoid the
infestation of released oils, growth of bacteria and sweat
from feet by walking on it barefoot. The oils and sweat
released by your feet on the carpet will attract dirt on its
fibre which in turn can help in the growth of bacteria and
damaging it. So instead of walking on the carpet you can
wear house slippers while walking on the carpet.
Depend only on vacuum cleaning:
Though it is necessary to vacuum your carpet at least once a
week if not twice but only vacuuming is not enough to clean
its entire dust and dirt. Your vacuum cleaner cleans its
upper layer only but to dig out deep settled dirt and soil
and the hair of pet mixed with its fibre you will have to
use certain special tool known as carpet rake. In order to
extend the life of your carpet you should use these tools at
least once a month.
Consider dark spots are dirt only:
Normally the areas of carpet having more footfalls get
damaged very easily. These damaged spots establish dark
patterned spots, if they are not cleaned frequently.
Moreover the cleaning of these dark spots is also not easy
as the spot still remains dark even if its dirt is removed
effectively. This darkness is due to the refraction of light
from the damaged fibres of the carpet cued by their crushing
with dirt. You can avoid such damages and increase the life
of your carpet by vacuuming it regularly along with covering
the carpet with a dirt retardant sheet.
Remove odour just by cleaning the carpet:
While washing carpet various types of cleaning agents like
deodorizers, brighteners, bleach and fabric softeners are
used for different purposes along with increasing the life
of the carpet. But some people use perfumed cleaners with an
assumption that they will also deodorise their carpets, but
that is not true. Some special products should be used to
remove the bad smell and bacteria from the carpet instead of
basic cleaners only.
Do not clean spills immediately:
The spills cannot be cleaned perfectly if they are not
cleaned as soon as possible. But sometimes it is not
possible due to their occurrence in your absence or your
busy schedule. The stains of the spills become harder to
clean with the passage of time as sometimes the spilled
liquid get deep into the carpet and stain all of its piles
instead of its surface only. The fibre of the carpet binds
up with other materials which sometimes become impossible to
remove after some time. You will have to apply some advanced
technique to remove such stains.
Use cleaning agent without testing:
Sometimes people use any cleaner to clean the stains from
their carpet either due to negligence or short of time. But
most of the times such negligence can damage your carpet as
the cleaner you have used may have some chemicals which can
be harmful for your carpet. So it is important to read the
label to know about its ingredients and test it at a small
portion of your carpet, which is not visible directly, so
that you can clean it effectively without damaging it.
Overuse of powdered cleaners:
Various types of powdered products are available in the
market which can be used to eliminate odours and spills
immediately. These powders are recommended to u se
excessively even if they are effective to great extent.
Sometimes these powders do not remove the spills entirely
and the residual of the spill can damage the fibre of the
carpet if left for long time. You should use some special
procedure to remove the spills and stains completely.
Moreover the overuse or improper removal of the powder can
cause build-ups in your carpet which can damage its fibre
and texture if left for long time.
Vigorous scrubbing of carpet:
In order to remove some stubborn stains from the carpet
people sometimes scrub on it vigorously. But sometimes the
stain spreads deeper and wider as you go on scrubbing on it.
Moreover the fibres of your carpet get untwisted and
struggle to maintain their existence when they are
vigorously scrubbed. So to remove stubborn stains you should
use damped clean cloth to dab the area lightly instead of
using your muscle power. It will help in removing the stain
from top to bottom in a gradual manner.
Clean the carpet yourself:
Some people use DIY techniques to clean their carpets along
with other things in their home. Saving money is also one of
the reasons of cleaning the carpet yourself. You can prevent
the build-ups caused by dirt and debris in your carpet by
vacuum cleaning it regularly. You can also prevent the entry
of dirt and debris directly on your carpet by placing a
doormat at the entry of your home. Though you can extend the
life of your carpet with their consistent care you but still
the need of professional carpet cleaners cannot be avoided
entirely. In order to maintain the looks of your carpet you
should get it thoroughly cleaned with the help of a
professional cleaner at least once a year. They have all the
expertise and equipment required to remove the embedded
debris left behind after vacuuming it by you throughout the
Thus by avoiding the carpet cleaning mistakes discussed in
this write-up you can certainly increase its life and
appearance for long.
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