4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Jan 8, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

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As professional carpet cleaners in Burnsville, 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 and ensure your carpets look and feel great for years to come!

Not vacuuming often enough.

Vacuuming is more than just a cleanliness ritual – it’s about keeping your carpets in good shape and maintaining your indoor air quality.

Vacuuming your carpets is crucial because it removes dirt and grime. If this dirt lingers in your carpets, it can wear down your carpet’s fibers. On the flip side, your carpets play a key role in trapping dirt and dust from the air, preventing it from circulating in your home. The catch, though, is that if they become too laden with dirt, they lose their effectiveness in trapping dirt and might actually worsen your indoor air quality.

We recommend vacuuming all carpets in your home weekly at a minimum. If you have pets, 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 daily paths you take around your home. Certain areas, like hallways, the entryway, and spaces in front of furniture, likely bear the brunt of foot traffic more than others. These high-traffic zones require special attention to endure frequent use. One effective method to prolong the lifespan of these areas is by using rugs. If you already have a rug, ensure you rotate it regularly to distribute wear evenly.

In cases where using a rug isn’t practical, make it a point to vacuum these areas regularly. Additionally, we provide a carpet protectant option that applies a protective coating to your carpet. This coating helps your carpet resist stains, which are more likely to occur in high-traffic areas.

Scrubbing At Spots And Stains

When you spill something on your carpet, your instinct is probably to grab a towel and start scrubbing. However, aggressively scrubbing a spill in carpet will usually just rub the stain in and spread it further. What you want to do instead is gently dab at stains to remove the liquid. Be sure to use a white rag, as colors towels or patterned paper towels can sometimes transfer dye to the carpet, making the issue worse. 

If you cannot remove the stain with gentle blotting, your safest course of action is to call professional carpet cleaners in Burnsville, like North Star 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

While regular vacuuming and promptly addressing spills may seem like sufficient care for your carpet, there’s more to the story. Your vacuum can only reach the surface layer, and as time passes, dirt and dust may escape suction and settle near the carpet backing. This leads to a matted texture, a lackluster appearance, and the formation of traffic lines. To extract this embedded grime from the depths of your carpets, professional cleaning services are essential. Even if your carpets appear clean, you’ll be amazed at the improved look and feel they achieve after a thorough cleaning.

Are you making any of the above cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team in Burnsville, MN can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. Give us a call at (651) 333-3602 today to get started!

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