Carpet is an important part of any residence or business. However, it’s an often-overlooked part of many properties which causes its upkeep and maintenance to be ignored. There are several misconceptions about carpet care that not only reduce its cleanliness but also damage the carpet leading to costly replacement expenses. Here are four common carpet cleaning myths to avoid.
The first common misconception is that carpet isn’t dirty until you can see it. However, by the time carpet is visually dirty or has started to smell, it may already be too late. Carpet is designed to hide stains and dirt, so it may appear clean when it is in fact not. By not cleaning your carpet until it looks dirty, unseen contaminants such as mold or mildew may have already permanently damaged the carpet in a way that no cleaning can fix. In general, carpet should be cleaned every 6 to 12 months and go no longer than 18 months without professional care.
Another misconception is that carpet cleaning isn’t that complex or hard, so why hire a professional? Carpet cleaning is a lot more involved than it looks and simply renting a carpet cleaner and doing the job yourself has several risks. First, these types of rented cleaners use a good deal of water. This not only leads to a longer drying time but also causes damage to your carpet backing and encourage mold and mildew growth. Second, the cleaning solutions used by rented cleaners can cause fading or color damage to your carpet. A professional not only has the right equipment and cleaners but also the experience needed to not damage your carpet or fade its color.
Powdered deodorizers that you sprinkle on the carpet are a common easy solution. However, despite their popularity, deodorizers don’t clean your carpet and can have other unintended side effects. A deodorizer can absorb bad odors, but it does not remove the source of the smell, so it is only a temporary solution that covers up a problem rather than fixing it. Also, deodorizers often contain talcum powder which is hard to vacuum up, doesn’t dissolve over time, and becomes embedded in your carpet which can cause further friction damage.
Related to ignoring regular cleaning until the carpet is noticeably dirty is the idea that new carpet doesn’t need to be cleaned. As noted above by the time you notice dirt it may already be too late. By ignoring cleaning because the carpet is new you severely decrease its useful lifespan. Dirt and debris break down carpet fibers as you walk on it and over time the carpet becomes irreversibly damaged. So over time that new carpet you didn’t need to clean now needs to be replaced. Regular upkeep is far more cost effective than replacing the carpet every few years.
As the above shows, carpet cleaning is far more involved than most people think. Regular carpet cleaning not only keeps your carpets clean but also increases their lifespan which reduces the need for costly carpet replacement. When you need professional carpet cleaning services in the north Atlanta area contact Positively Perfect Solutions for a free consultation. As a family-owned business, Positively Perfect Solutions can provide the high-quality service you’re looking for.