Carpet Cleaning Don’ts

Apr 25, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

The internet is a goldmine of information, but it’s also rife with misinformation. If you’ve ever searched online for deep carpet cleaning tips, only to find that much of the advice seems questionable, you’re not alone. Our professional carpet cleaners frequently encounter homeowners who ask about methods they’ve read online or, worse yet, call us after damaging their carpet following a poor online tip. We want to help you avoid the same pitfalls, so our carpet cleaning experts are here to debunk some of the bad carpet care advice that’s floating around on the internet.


Using salt to brighten carpets. 


We’re not sure where this idea came from, but there’s a notion that sprinkling salt on your carpets will brighten them and make them appear cleaner. In reality, pouring salt into your carpets does nothing to clean them. For starters, salt doesn’t have any cleaning properties on its own. Plus, your standard home vacuum likely won’t be able to remove all the salt, leaving behind gritty residue that can create friction between carpet fibers, leading to increased wear and tear.


If your carpets look particularly dull or have unsightly traffic lanes, consider professional deep carpet cleaning instead. Professional cleaning uses reliable methods to restore your carpet’s original color and beauty without causing additional damage.


Steaming your carpet with a clothes steamer or steam mop. 


You might think about saving money on carpet cleaning by using a clothes steamer or steam mop to clean your carpets, but this is a big mistake. These household appliances are not made for carpet cleaning, and using them can cause problems. It’s also important to note that steam cleaning isn’t necessarily the best method for deep carpet cleaning.


At Chem-Dry, we’ve created a more effective technique called Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) to clean your carpets. Unlike steam cleaning, our process doesn’t leave your carpets soaking wet, nor does it risk overheating them—two issues that can occur when using any type of steamer on your carpets.


Scrubbing carpet with a scrub brush. 


If something’s dirty, you scrub it to clean it, right? While that might be the case for dishes, it’s not the best approach for carpets. Carpets are made from tightly woven, delicate fibers, and scrubbing can damage their texture, alter their color, and reduce their lifespan. Furthermore, when you scrub a stain on your carpet, you often end up spreading it rather than removing it.


Instead of scrubbing, it’s better to address stains and spots at the molecular level. That’s where our Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.®) and specialty stain removal services come in. These treatments are designed to effectively break down and remove stains without the risk of damaging your carpet.


Applying vinegar to carpet. 


Vinegar is often praised as a natural cleaning agent, and it can work wonders in many situations. However, it’s not the miracle solution for deep carpet cleaning. Before you think about pouring vinegar on your carpets, take a sniff and consider how you’re going to remove that strong odor from the fibers. We know what many homeowners end up doing: calling Temecula Valley Chem-Dry to deep clean the carpets after a DIY attempt with vinegar goes wrong.


The pungent smell of vinegar isn’t the only reason to avoid using it for carpet cleaning. Its acidic nature can also be detrimental to the color and texture of your carpet, potentially causing fading and stiffness.


Choose Professional Deep Carpet Cleaning 


When you opt for our deep carpet cleaning services, you won’t need to worry about damaging your carpet in the process of restoring its beauty. Our Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) method effectively lifts embedded dirt from deep within the carpet and removes it with ease. Unlike traditional steam cleaning, which uses a lot of water and soapy detergents, our process requires only a fraction of the water and doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue or soggy carpets.


Choosing professional carpet cleaning means you can return to normal life in just a few hours, without the unpleasant odors often linked to DIY cleaning methods. Instead, you’ll enjoy carpets that look and smell fresh and clean. Plus, you’ll have taken a significant step towards extending the life of your carpets and promoting a healthier home environment.


Get started with a deep carpet cleaning process that you can trust! Call Temecula Valley Chem-Dry at (951) 200-1977 today to schedule your carpet cleaning.

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