It’s never a bad idea to clean your carpets, but if not done properly, you may just end up doing more harm than good.

Listed below are five costly carpet cleaning mistakes that you might be making, as well as how to correct them.

1.       Waiting for dirt to be visible first before having your carpets cleaned.

Dirt is and will always be in your carpets, along with other contaminants such as grime, dust, pollen and so on. This is why you have to vacuum it every day and have it cleaned by professionals, at least, once a year. Companies like Bliss Cleaning who provide professional carpet cleaning services in Crawley and surrounding towns can assist you here.

Unfortunately, many homeowners think that they don’t really need to clean their carpets until dirt is visible. That, though, is not true. If carpets aren’t cleaned regularly, dirt will build up and it will cause unnecessary wear and tear which will make carpets last much less longer than they should.

Remember, if you want your carpets to last for many years, have it cleaned by a professional regularly and vacuum it often as well.   

2.       Using harsh chemicals

While spills and stains are certainly unsightly, never use bleach and other harsh chemicals when removing them. Doing so will only cause the carpet fibers to thin and weaken, or even cause discoloration, which is only going to make things much worse.

Instead of using harsh chemicals, use water or a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar to remove stains and spills from your carpets.

3.       Thinking that one carpet cleaning method is just as good as the other.

There are two primary methods of carpet cleaning – dry cleaning and hot water extraction.

Thinking that both are equally effective is just wrong because the results achieved from each method differ from each other. The costs also vary as well.

For starters, dry cleaning is the cheaper option. It’s basically like you shampooing your head and drying it off with a blower. There’s less fuss, less equipment involved and little to no drying time too. However, it’s not as effective, especially if you want your carpets deep cleaned since the chemicals used can only do so much to remove dirt and clean your carpets.

On the other hand, hot water extraction is a bit more expensive. It’s also known as steam cleaning, though it doesn’t really rely on steam. Rather, the method relies on the use of a high-pressure machine to push a mix of hot water and cleaning solution into the carpet. Once done, the mixture is then sucked out by a powerful vacuum, along with dirt, grime and other contaminants that may be in your carpet.

Of the two, steam cleaning is widely considered as the better option. In fact, carpet manufacturers will often only honor their products’ warranties if they’re cleaned using the hot water extraction method and only be certified professionals. However, the drying time makes it less attractive of an option since it’s recommended to vacate the newly cleaned areas for at least 24 hours to let them dry.

If you ever think of having your carpets cleaned by professional carpet cleaners, make sure to think about the carpet cleaning method that suits your needs first.

4.       Buying and using the wrong kind of vacuum

Contrary to popular belief, vacuums are not a “one size fits all” type of equipment.

For example, shag carpets should be cleaned with suction only vacuums. If not, then the fibers may tangle and fray, causing irreversible damage in time.

If you’re not sure about the type of vacuum that best fits your carpets, go over the carpet manufacturer’s manual. Or better yet, ask them directly.

5.       Vacuuming too much

Vacuums suck in the dirt and debris that’s been caught in between the fibers of your carpet. However, too much suction can loosen the carpet fibers, causing it to look worn-out.

Good news, you can still vacuum your carpets every day, especially for high-traffic areas. However, more than that is overdoing things and will only damage your carpet.

The key to long-lasting and fresh-looking carpets is proper care and maintenance. And, of course, to do that, it will help to avoid making any one of these costly carpet cleaning mistakes.