If you want to properly take care of your carpets and keep them clean, you need to plan out your carpet cleaning and maintenance regime based on accurate information.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of common misconception out there about carpets. The following are seven common misconceptions you shouldn't let yourself be fooled by so that you keep your carpets in the best possible condition through the years:
A steam cleaned carpet is more likely to develop mold and mildew issues.
If the steam cleaning process is carried out properly, there should be no risk whatsoever of any mold or mildew growth.
It's important that carpets are allowed to dry out for some time after steam cleaning to ensure that no water damage occurs. Over the long term, steam cleaning should reduce the chances of mold or mildew growth rather than increasing them.
A carpet that doesn't appear dirty doesn't need to be cleaned.
It's always a good idea for a home owner to schedule regular cleanings and carry through with them even if a carpet doesn't appear to be dirty.
Depending on the color of a carpet, it's possible that dirt is very easily disguised so that the appearance of the carpet doesn't change even though it contains a lot of grime.
Carpet cleaning authorities typically recommend an annual cleaning regardless of the appearance of the carpet.
A carpet that has been installed recently doesn't need cleaning.
A newer carpet needs to be cleaned just as much as an older carpet. Cleaning a carpet regularly when it is new will keep the carpet looking new longer.
Don't make the assumption that you can wait a few years after having a new carpet installed to start having regular cleanings or your carpet can age prematurely.
Handling carpet cleaning as a homeowner is just as effective as having a professional clean a carpet.
It's best to leave carpet cleaning to the professionals if you want the best possible results.
Even if you have your own steam cleaner, you should have your carpets professionally cleaned occasionally to maximize your carpet's lifespan.
Sprinkle-on deodorizers effectively freshen a carpet.
Sprinkle-on deodorizers will typically only mask odors rather than getting rid of them entirely. Cleaning is better than sprinkling on deodorizers because it deals with the root of the problems causing odors.
A carpet that's been damaged by pet odor must be replaced.
Pet odors can be gotten out of carpets with an enzyme based odor remover. This type of odor remover will not mask odors but destroy them by using enzymes to digest and neutralize them.
Excessive vacuuming can cause carpet damage.
Vacuuming regularly removes debris from carpet fibers that can cut into fibers and prematurely age them over time.