Avoid These Things When Cleaning Your Carpets

Mar 28, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

Avoid These Things When Cleaning Your Carpets

The internet is full of great advice—and some not so great advice. Our professional carpet cleaners in Wake Forest often have homeowners ask about methods they read about online or, even worse, call after they realize they ruined their carpet thanks to a bad internet tip. We don’t want the same to happen to you, so our carpet cleaning experts are here to debunk some bad carpet care advice we’ve come across. 

Using salt to brighten carpets

We’re not sure where this tip even comes from, but we’ve heard salt is supposed to brighten your carpet and make it appear cleaner. That’s not what happens when you pour salt into your carpets. For starters, salt on its own is not going to clean anything. Additionally, your home vacuum is unlikely to be able to remove all of the salt, so you’re leaving behind grit that creates friction between carpet fibers, contributing to wear and tear.  

Scrubbing carpet with a scrub brush

If you need to clean something, you scrub it, right? While that might be true for dirty dishes, you do not want to scrub your carpets. This is because carpets are made of densely woven, delicate fibers, and scrubbing can have a negative effect on their texture, color, and overall lifespan. Plus, when you scrub a stain or spot in your carpet, you’re likely just spreading it around instead of actually removing it. That’s why it’s always better to approach the removal of spots and stains on a molecular level, which is exactly what our Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.®) and specialty stain removal services do. 

Applying vinegar to carpet 

Vinegar is often thought of as a natural cleaning agent, and this is true in many contexts. However, vinegar is not the magic solution for deep carpet cleaning. Before you dump vinegar on your carpets, take a whiff of it and consider just how you’re going to remove this smelly liquid from your carpets. We know what many homeowners end up doing: calling Raleigh Chem-Dry to deep clean the carpets after this DIY gone awry. 

Of course, the unpleasant smell of vinegar isn’t the only reason to avoid using it to clean your carpets. Its acidic properties can also be problematic when it comes to the color and texture of your carpet, and exposure can lead to fading and stiffness.

Choose Professional Deep Carpet Cleaning 

Because our deep carpet cleaning process only requires a fraction of the water used in steam cleaning, it won’t leave your carpets wet for days or covered with a sticky residue. When you choose professional carpet cleaners, you’ll be able to get back to life as usual in just a few hours. Get started with a deep carpet cleaning process that you can trust! Call Raleigh Chem-Dry at (919) 847-2228 today to schedule your Wake Forest carpet cleaning

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