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Carpet Cleaning Myths You Didn’t Know About.

There are loads of myths around how to get the most pristine carpets. Here, we go over some of these myths and tell you how to make sure your carpet looks it’s best.

Carpet Cleaning techniques range widely. However, modern techniques that have been used have resulted in the exacerbation of many new carpet cleaning myths. Some of these have resulted in people not trusting professional carpet cleaning and even not trusting the genuine quality carpets that you can get for the home.

Dirty Carpets are not only full of impurities but because of the dust and grime, allows germs to grow. These dirty carpets can pollute the air in your room and can be attributed to many diseases. In order to mitigate this, proper cleaning for your carpets is necessary.

Myth 1: You shouldn’t vacuum carpets too much

Some people believe that when a vacuum cleaner is run over a carpet that portions of the carpet fabric is being pulled away, destroying your carpet in the process. However, the motor in a vacuum is not powerful enough to do any major damage to your carpet and in fact, vacuuming a carpet up to four times per week for many years will not result in major degradation. As most carpets are only vacuumed four times per month, you are incredibly unlikely to do any major damage to your carpets by vacuuming.

Myth 2: Professional Cleaning Causes Carpets to Shrink

Old Style carpets made from natural materials are incredibly rare now. Most modern carpets are instead made of nylon which is woven to a synthetic base. Because synthetic fibres do not shrink when exposed to heat, there is no chance that your modern carpet will shrink due to hot water carpet cleaning or that your colours will be damaged by the hot water steaming or extraction. However, if you have a wool or silk carpet, hiring professionals to clean is still the best option because they will know the correct technique to use to mitigate colour and size loss in your carpet.

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Cleaning A Carpet is a Messy Affair

You may notice that your carpet gets dirtier as you clean it. What you may not know is that this is because of ‘dirty’ cleaning. If your carpet does not get cleaned properly and remains of cleaning chemicals are left in it, then it is bound to attract more dust and grime than it was doing earlier.

Therefore, it is important that the carpet is cleaned properly, and remains of chemicals totally removed. If this is done, your carpet will not pick up any more dirt than it was doing earlier. In fact, getting a Scotchgard coating will ensure that it remains neat and clean for a long time to come. The trick here is to hire a good professional carpet cleaning company that knows its job instead of trying to do it yourself or hiring incompetent, cheap cleaners.

No matter what you do, it may still be difficult to get your carpet as clean as a professional. However, if you want to maintain your carpets yourself, here are some tips.

Heat Helps

Hot water extraction or steam cleaning is far more effective than dry cleaning. If you’re going to clean your own carpets, be sure to use heat.

There are three related factors at work when you clean carpet: heat, dwell time, and agitation. All of these factors work together to leave your carpet spotless. If you can’t your cleaning solution hot enough, let it dwell longer in the carpet and scrub harder.

The Best Carpet Cleaning Tips

Detergent attracts dirt. Therefore, it’s important to rinse out any cleaning solution thoroughly. This is another reason why hot water extraction gets carpet cleaner than the dry methods. The bottom line is that you need to rinse well when you clean carpet.

One way to clean stains is with the use of a shop-vac. It’s not possible to just remove the stain with a shop-vac, but you can repeatedly wash and rinse the area, and suck out the solution each time. This is a more effective method than blotting up the water with cloth, mostly because you won’t have the patience to wash, rinse and extract enough times using paper towels or cloth.

Another carpet cleaning trick is by putting rugs outside and inside the front door -they can catch much of the dirt that people bring in on their feet. This isn’t just about less vacuuming, though. Dirt is like thousands of little blades that cut carpet fibers. The damaged carpet stains more easily then, and it’s harder to remove the stains. An even better practice is to take off your shoes in the house.

Ready to clean? Be sure to vacuum first. Then, if you use one of those portable machines, try and get the water as hot as you can. Dry the carpet quickly, using fans to move the air around. By maintaining your carpet and using these tips, you can lengthen the time between expensive professional cleanings

Author: Terris AK Schneider

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