There are many myths about carpet cleaning. Find out what the truth is and how you can extend the life of your carpets!
Myth 1: Cleaning your carpet too often can ruin it
This is a misconception we hear all the time. Dirt left in carpets breaks down carpet fibers and accelerates wear. Because dirt is abrasive, every time you walk on carpets, dirt cuts into the carpet fibers, causing it to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last nearly as long as a clean carpet. And while vacuuming helps — by itself, it’s simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out.
Myth 2: The only reason to clean carpets is to get out the dirt
Outside air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust — and hundreds of other chemicals. When you and your family members come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria and chemicals in your hair and on your skin, clothing and shoes. Not surprisingly, all those chemicals, pollens and bacteria wind up — you guessed it — in your carpet.
If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems — one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, and chemicals in your carpet.
In addition, as you may know, tobacco smoke contains over 4000 different chemical compounds, 43 of which cause cancer. And even if you don’t smoke, those chemicals get on your shoes, you track them in to your home and you leave them in your carpet.
If you’re sensitive to cigarette smoke, you might find that you’ll breath easier after you hire a company to get those harmful chemicals out of your carpet.
So in addition to getting rid of dirt, another important reason to clean your carpet is to get rid of pollens, fungus, bacteria, chemicals and the tars and residue from tobacco smoke.
Myth 3: Steam cleaning your carpet will cause mold
With the steam cleaning method, water does not go beyond the backing of the carpeting or into the pad, which means that there are no conditions for mold to grow. Only in extreme cases where a cleaner leaves the carpet extremely wet can this happen. A professional carpet cleaning company that utilizes the proper cleaning equipment and techniques will remove all excess moisture. And this is why you should be careful when you choose your carpet cleaner
Myth 4: Carpets will be wet for days
When carpet is cleaned using the hot water extraction method with the proper cleaning techniques and equipment, it should be dry (in most cases) within a few hours. In some instances, where humidity is high or other conditions that might slow drying exist, the carpet might take longer to dry.
Myth 5: Dry cleaning does a better job than steam cleaning
The truth is, the hot water extraction method (also known as steam cleaning) is the method carpet manufacturers recommend. Why? Steam cleaning provides the most thorough cleaning available because it uses hot water to help clean and sanitize. It removes dirt, bacteria and contaminants from the base of the carpet fibers.
The dry cleaning method still uses some water, but only cleans the top surface of the carpeting, not deep down into the base of the carpet fibers. There is where the majority of dirt, bacteria and contaminants settle over time. Another issue with dry cleaning is that the solution being used to clean the carpet is neither rinsed nor extracted. This means that residue is still in the carpet. If a spot is deep down in the carpeting, which many tend to be, the spot will often reappear shortly after the cleaning since it was never actually removed in the first place.
Check with your carpet manufacturer for the cleaning method they recommend. Choosing a method of cleaning other than what the carpet manufacturer approves could actually void your warranty.
Myth 6: Renting a Carpet Cleaning Machine Will Do the Trick
Sure! This option seems cheaper than getting a professional to clean your carpet. But there’s a high chance of serious damage to your carpet should something go wrong with the machine.
The predominant issue with these machines seems has to do with the extraction of water and chemical cleansers from the carpet. It takes a long time for the carpet to dry due to the excessive water left behind by these machines. This makes it a breeding ground for fungus, mold, mildew and the like of it.
You wouldn’t experience such problems with professional services as carpet cleaners have powerful machines to do the job.
Now we hope we busted all the myths about carpet cleaning!