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THE 10 MYTHS OF CARPET CLEANING


Carpeting is a great alternative to hardwood flooring or tile. But, some people who are on the fence about making the right choice for their home or office will find that carpeting leaves a bad taste in their mouth because the upkeep alone is time consuming. It’s a given fact that we all are constantly receiving new information and gathering facts. And, this is what disregards myths which influence our decisions, even if it is pertaining to tastes in flooring. Below you will find ten of the most popular myths debunked about carpet cleaning that could sway your decision before heading to the nearest home improvement store purchasing something other than carpet. Urban legends be gone!

 

1.       Steam Cleaning will ruin my carpet…

 

False! Many carpet cleaning companies use hot water extraction, aka steam cleaning. It is the preferred choice because when done properly, it cleanses thoroughly. It is highly recommended by the leading carpet manufacturers worldwide, and untrained professionals who treat the carpet with this method can create a variety of problems that are not needed.

 

2.       If the carpet doesn’t look dirty, do I still have to clean it?

 

Yes, you do! Some carpets do camouflage more dirt than others, but it doesn’t mean that there isn’t any soil to be removed. Whether hidden or not, all dirt acts as an abrasive which can sadly result in loss of fiber protection and color, and early wear.

 

3.       My carpet isn’t even a year old yet, does it still need to be cleaned?

 

This is one of the most common mistakes for carpet owners, and can prove to be very costly. Even though some dirt doesn’t appear on the surface, it does not mean that it’s not dirty. By the time soil is visible to the naked eye, most of the damage has already occurred. Grime could break the fibers down at a quickening pace, which prompts you thinking a new one needs to be purchased.

 

4.       Carpet deodorizers will keep it fresh and clean…

       Untrue! These scented powders are harmful for your carpet as well as create unnecessary dust in your home.  It is nearly impossible to vacuum up all that is sprinkled into the carpet and therefore leaving some in the carpet which when disturbed becomes dust in your home.

 

5.       Once you clean the carpet, it gets dirtier faster…

       While this used to be true years ago, today this is rarely the case.  A trained technician using professional products should not leave any dirt attracting residue in your carpet to cause it to rapidly resoil.

 

6.       Over vacuuming your carpet can be harmful…

        Again, this is not something to worry about, because most homeowners find vacuuming to be a tedious chore. There’s even one on the market which does it for you while you keep your feet propped up on the coffee table! Vacuuming can actually remove more than half of all sorts of dirt embedded within your carpet. Even if one vacuums every day, twice a day, it will not cause harm to any type of carpet, but who's going to do that.

 

7.       I own my own cleaning machine, I don’t need a professional to do it for me…

       Most homeowners purchase, or rent their own unit to get the job done. But, doing it yourself could possibly be the most harmful act done to your carpet. They’re good for putting a lot of water in to the carpet, but not taking it out. Which results in hours of drying time, and leaving it an open gateway for mildew, mold and bacteria to grow. Leave it to the professionals who use the heavy-duty machines and have the proper training.

 

8.       I can save a ton of money if I buy a cheaper carpet…

       No, you can’t. This is a huge mistake made by consumers daily. It is not a good investment in the long run because it takes only months for dirt to become visible which in turn can cause premature and permanent damage which is irreversible.

 

9.       Carpet cleaning is expensive, so I’ll wait as long as possible, or at least until the in-laws visit…

       Don’t delay, clean it today! Indoor air quality will be ruined, and could cause health problems for family, friends and even your pets. If a carpet is cleaned regularly and correctly, your home or office environment will prove to be more beneficial in many ways.

 

10.   A hard surface floor will help my allergies...

       There are many studies showing that clean carpet will actually trap and hold the allergens and not allow them to get up into your breathing zone like they would if they were on a hard surface floor.

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