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4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Jan 3, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

As professional carpet cleaners in San Tan Valley, we have seen a lot of carpets. Unfortunately, that means we’ve seen our fair share of carpet-cleaning mistakes too. Here are the top four mistakes that we see homeowners make so you can avoid them. 

Not vacuuming often enough.

You probably understand the importance of regular vacuuming in maintaining a clean home. However, do you know exactly why vacuuming is crucial and how frequently you should engage in this task?

Vacuuming your carpets serves to eliminate dirt and grime that accumulate within the fibers. If left unattended for an extended period, this accumulated dirt can lead to wear and tear on the carpet fibers, ultimately causing damage. Additionally, carpets act as filters, trapping dirt and dust from the air and preventing them from circulating in your home. Nevertheless, if carpets become overly saturated with dirt, they lose their effectiveness in trapping particles, potentially worsening indoor air quality.

We recommend a minimum weekly vacuuming routine for all carpets in your home. If you have pets, children, or frequently wear shoes indoors, you may need to increase the frequency of vacuuming to ensure the cleanliness and longevity of your carpets.

Not Giving High-Traffic Areas Adequate Protection

Consider your daily movements within your home. Undoubtedly, there are specific areas where you tread more frequently than others, such as hallways, the entryway, and spaces in front of furniture. These zones demand special attention to endure the substantial foot traffic they experience. An effective way to prolong the life of these high-traffic areas is by incorporating a rug. If you already have a rug, ensure to regularly rotate it to distribute wear evenly. If a rug isn’t a viable option, make it a priority to vacuum these areas consistently.

Scrubbing At Spots And Stains

When you spill something on your carpet, your instinct is probably to grab a towel and start scrubbing. However, aggressively scrubbing a spill in carpet will usually just rub the stain in and spread it further. What you want to do instead is gently dab at stains to remove the liquid. Be sure to use a white rag, as colors towels or patterned paper towels can sometimes transfer dye to the carpet, making the issue worse. 

If you cannot remove the stain with gentle blotting, your safest course of action is to call professional carpet cleaners in Mesa, like Cactus Chem-Dry. We have seen DIY stain removal methods go wrong way too often, resulting in carpet damage and worse stains. This is something to leave to the professionals if you want your carpet to look nice. 

Forgoing Professional Cleanings

You may assume that if you’re vacuuming regularly and quickly soaking up spills, you’re giving your carpet all the care that it needs. Unfortunately, your vacuum can only reach the top layer of your carpet. Over time, dirt and dust that has escaped the suction action will embed itself near the carpet backing, resulting in a matted texture, dull appearance, and traffic lines. The only way to get this grime out of the depths of your carpets is to use a professional cleaning service. Even if your carpets don’t look dirty, you’d be surprised at how much better they look and feel after a good cleaning. 


Are you making any of the above cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team in Mesa can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. Give us a call at (623) 400-6641 today to get started! We also offer carpet cleaning in Apache Junction, Maricopa, and Queen Creek.

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