Seven carpet cleaning mistakes to avoid

Seven carpet cleaning mistakes to avoid

Cleaning carpets incorrectly can not only make the job more difficult than necessary, but significantly shorten the lifespan of your carpets.

Carpets can be expensive and disruptive to replace. But there is often no other alternative when those signs of damage and wear appear from harsh cleaning methods or chemicals.

With that in mind, here’s a rundown of seven mistakes that could shorten the lifespan of your carpets:

1.  Scrubbing stains aggressively

It is never advisable to overwork a stain with scrubbing. Irrespective of the type of carpet, scrubbing vigorously is almost guaranteed to damage the fibres. Additionally, you may push the stain deeper into the carpet by working it too aggressively. Instead, stains should only be removed with appropriate cleaning products and a gentle blotting action.

2.  Not dealing with a stain immediately

Once a spillage soaks into the fibres and is left to dry, it can become much more difficult to remove. So don’t wait to tackle unsightly marks on your carpet. With very few exceptions, it is essential to tackle all wet spills on your carpets the moment they occur.

3.  Choosing inappropriate carpet cleaning products

The only cleaning products you should use on a carpet are those designed specifically for the purpose. Your carpet cleaner should be of the highest quality, manufactured by a trusted brand, and clearly state that it is safe for the application you have in mind.

Don’t be tempted to use a cleaning product designed for a different application. Even if it does a fantastic job of removing the stain, it could be causing irreparable damage to your carpet fibres.

4.  Not carrying out a spot test

Even when equipped with a quality carpet cleaner, it is important to test it in a discreet corner of the room before use. You can never be certain how the product will react when it comes into contact with your carpet, so ensure there are no adverse effects before proceeding.

5.  Using cheap carpet fresheners

These can be carpet killers, particularly when used excessively.  Most carpet fresheners do not actually combat the source of odour. They simply cover it up with an artificial fragrance, while burrowing into your carpet and potentially damaging the fibres. Carpet fresheners should always be used in moderation, or not at all if the only option is a low-grade synthetic freshener.

6.  Using too much carpet detergent

Applying more carpet cleaner than you need or the manufacturer recommends will only do more harm than good. It’s the same principle that applies when doing laundry, washing dishes or even shampooing your hair. Harmful residues will almost certainly be left behind after rinsing, which over time could be detrimental to your carpet fibres.

7.  Hiring unfamiliar carpet cleaning equipment

It can be tempting to hire commercial cleaning equipment as an alternative to hiring a professional carpet cleaner. However, industrial carpet cleaning machinery can cause permanent damage to carpets if not used correctly. Some machines are easier to use than others, but they should always be operated with caution. If in doubt, hire a professional carpet cleaner to carry out the job on your behalf.

For more carpet cleaning advice or to discuss our carpet cleaning services in more detail, contact a member of the team at Hardyclean.