Carpet Cleaning Myths
Regular professional cleaning can keep your carpets looking beautifully clean and fresh for many years.
Despite this, some homeowners are reluctant to get their carpets cleaned due to concerns and misconceptions about the potential problems that carpet cleaning can cause.
In this article we’re going to bust some myths and give you the facts about carpet cleaning.
Let’s make a start by addressing perhaps the most common misconception raised by first-time callers over the phone:
Will my carpets take days to dry after professional cleaning?
No, they won’t. (Unless they’re cleaned using excess moisture or with a machine without enough suction to remove sufficient moisture).
An experienced carpet cleaning company should be using machinery that won’t over-wet your carpets and they should be pretty much dry within just a couple of hours.
This is a myth that dies hard because there are still companies out there that operate under powered equipment and have shoddy cleaning processes.
Will my carpets re-soil quicker after they’re cleaned?
This is another misconception we frequently hear.
But if a carpet is cleaned using the correct equipment, chemicals and process, this most definitely isn’t the case.
A carpet will only re-soil quickly if the cleaning chemicals used aren’t appropriate for the fibres and stains and if they haven’t been fully extracted from the carpet, leaving behind sticky residues that attract and harbour dirt.
Once again, the final result depends on a conscientious company using the correct machinery and suitable cleaning solutions.
You can’t wet-clean wool carpets
This is incorrect.
While wool carpets can be more susceptible to problems that may not effect polypropylene carpets, if cleaned in the correct manner the risks are negated.
If wool carpets are cleaned using the correct temperatures, safe chemicals and they are not over-wet then the cleaning process will help protect and maintain the beautiful appearance of the wool.
It is also important to facilitate drying times using a powerful extraction machine and, if appropriate, the use of turbo dryers.
If I have my carpets cleaned too often, will it damage or “wear out” my carpets?
Your carpets should be professionally cleaned on a regular basis.
The misconception that the carpet cleaning process can wear out carpets is simply not true.
Professional carpet cleaning removes the ingrained soils and grit that cause damage to fibres and prolongs the life of your carpets and rugs.
But aren’t all carpet cleaning processes the same?
Reading websites, it may appear that all carpet cleaners and their methods are the same.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
While dry carpet cleaning methods can be effective for light maintenance cleans and some commercial carpets, to get the best results look for a carpet cleaning company that uses the Hot Water Extraction method, and preferable one that uses a truckmount carpet cleaning machine.
The results attained are the best possible and drying times minimal.