We’ve all heard them. The many myths about carpet cleaning. Sometimes, what you hear isn’t always the most accurate or truthful of information. In order to clean your carpeting as efficiently as possible, it’s important to ignore common myths that could actually affect the quality of the carpet cleaning process. Understanding these myths will allow you to do a better job keeping your carpet clean.

Myth: My carpets don’t look dirty, so I don’t need a professional cleaning

The warranty for your home’s carpeting from the carpet manufacturer included a schedule to regularly vacuum and professionally clean your carpet. if not, check the web site, ProtectAndCare.com, for warranty documents and care guidelines. Do not wait until the carpeting looks obviously dirty before beginning any cleaning efforts. That can actually damage the carpet because the longer the dirt and dust remain in the carpet, the more likely it is to literally cut away at the carpet fibers like sandpaper. Waiting to clean your home’s carpeting also can affect the health of your family members and visitors to your home. Experts say a square foot of the average nylon wall-to-wall carpeting can hold more than a pound of dirt, dust, and allergens and this growing pile of dirt can be particularly difficult to see with tan and brown carpeting.

Myth: I can just do my own carpet cleaning at home

For the most part, carpets and excessive moisture do not get along. That’s why carpet manufacturers do not recommend carpet shampoo machines. These machines allow the carpeting to become soaked, and if not dried properly, moisture can lead to molds and fungus that can potentially spread throughout the home. Instead, carpet manufacturers recommend a regular professional cleaning treatment — usually once a year — that involves a professional water-extraction machine.

Myth: I have a carpet protectant, I don’t need to worry about or do anything with spills and stains

Don’t rely solely on carpet protectants. A Scotchgard™ or other protective coating put down on your carpeting is only meant to add a basic level of protection. Stains can still damage the carpeting with this protection present, although they won’t soak in as quickly, and should be addressed immediately. It’s still crucial to address stains as soon as they occur because the protective coating on the carpeting will generally only delay the absorption of the stains into the carpet. First, use white paper towels to soak up as much of the stain as possible. Then, combine a mixture of white vinegar and water and lightly dab the area, once again using the paper towels to blot the moisture in the carpet.

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