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Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid

Feb 19, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid

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


Not Vacuuming Often Enough

Okay, you probably know that you should vacuum regularly. It’s part of keeping a clean home. However, do you know why vacuuming is so important? Or how often you should be vacuuming?

Vacuuming your carpets removes dirt and grime from your carpets. If left in your carpets for too long, it can wear down your carpet fibers and even damage your carpet. Ordinarily, your carpet helps trap dirt and dust from the air and stops it from circulating in your home. However, if they are too full of dirt, then they won’t be able to trap dirt effectively and can make your indoor air quality worse, not better. 

We recommend vacuuming all carpets in your home weekly. If you have pets or kids or wear shoes in the home, you likely need to vacuum more frequently to keep your carpets clean. 


Not Giving High-Traffic Areas Adequate Protection

Think about how you move about your home in a day. There are places where you walk far more often than others, such as hallways, the entryway, and in front of furniture. These areas need special care to help them withstand the heavy traffic. One way to extend the life of these high-traffic areas is to add a rug. If you already have a rug, rotate it regularly to spread the wear evenly. 

If a rug isn’t an option, be sure to regularly vacuum. We also offer a carpet protectant which helps it withstand stains that high-traffic areas are more likely to see. 


Aggressively Scrubbing at Spots and Stains

When you spill something on your carpet, your instinct is probably to grab a rag and start scrubbing. However, fiercely scrubbing a carpet spill will often just rub the stain in and spread it further. Instead, gently dab at stains to remove the liquid. Be sure to use a white rag, as colored towels or patterned paper towels can sometimes transfer dye to the carpet and make the issue worse. 

If you cannot remove the stain with gentle blotting, your safest course of action is to call professional carpet cleaners in Lafayette, like Chem-Dry of Cajun Country. We have seen many DIY stain removal methods go wrong and result in carpet damage and worse stains. If you want your carpet to keep looking great, leave it to the professionals!


Forgoing Professional Cleanings

It’s easy to assume 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 will embed itself near the carpet backing and result in a matted texture, dull appearance, and traffic lines. The only way to get 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. 


Carpet Cleaning in Lafayette, LA

Are you making any of the above cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team in Lafayette can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. Give us a call at (337) 427-8575 today to get started!

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