Being in the carpet cleaning business for several years I’ve heard quite a number of stories and misconceptions about carpet cleaning.
It may be 2018, but this misconceptions and myths still take root in peoples beliefs. That’s so because when we were all kids an authority figure told us these myths which they themselves believed to be true.
They also were told these things when they were kids and that’s how these misconceptions have been passed from mouth to mouth, from generations to generation.
I’m however going to shed some light on some of these carpet cleaning misconceptions.
1. Wait a few years before cleaning a new carpet
Honestly, I have no idea where this started or how it came to be, but the truth is it is false. Waiting a few years before thinking of cleaning your new carpet only does more harm than good. I suppose people intend to preserve the life of the carpet but while they intend to do that, they only put the health of your family at risk.
The dust that settles on the carpet, stains from liquids that spill into the fabrics and other contaminants makes it unhealthy – a perfect breeding ground for germs and allergens. This causes the air in your home to be contaminated by these pollutants which constitutes a health hazard for you and your family.
Carpet cleaning and washing don’t cause the fabrics and patterns to fade, with the right cleaning materials your carpets will survive its entire lifespan and look as good as the day you bought it.
2. Only clean your carpet if it is stained
Over time, carpets accumulate dead skin cells, dust and food fragments. Some carpets hide this better than others, but because they are hard to spot does not mean they are absent.
Waiting for your carpet to be stained is not a good threshold/standard by which you should depend on to make the decision.
Waiting will only give your carpet the chance to further accumulate these filths that not only contaminates the air but cause skin diseases and irritations should your bare skin touch the carpet.
3. Cleaning shrinks the carpet
While this may be true, it depends on the carpet cleaning company you hire for the job. Your carpet will only shrink if the water used is too hot, if it is soaked a long time and if you use the wrong cleaning materials and technique for your carpets.
This is one of the reasons it’s advisable to hire a carpet cleaner that’s an expert in the field. An excellent cleaning company, know the appropriate materials for your carpet type and every other relevant information to prevent your carpet from shrinking.
4. If you have your own machine, you don’t need a professional
Unless you are a professional in the field, you need experts. Having your own machine is great and convenient if removing small stains is what you intend to do.
However, for heavy-duty carpet cleaning, you will need professionals to do the cleaning. Their machines have the power needed to remove tough stains and of course won’t shrink your carpet.
5. Carpet cleaners are all the same, go for the cheapest ones
There are carpet cleaners and there are also carpet cleaners. That you will be able to tell when you actually go for the cheap carpet ones. The quality of service the cheapest ones offer will definitely not be the kind of service you’ll get if you went for the real pro.
Already explained in 3 above, expert carpet cleaners know what to do to prevent your carpet from shrinking, the same can’t be said and guaranteed for the cheapest carpet cleaners.