Maintaining the appearance and look of your carpeting requires you to do the right things. If you are not doing these, you may be destroying your carpeting and have to replace much sooner than expected.
1. Not vacuuming at least once a week
Does your carpeting have small brown or black coloured spots on it? This is actually dirt that has worked its way into the carpet fibers caused discolouration. Vacuuming weekly helps prevent this problem as well as removes dirt, pet dander, dust, and other debris.
2. Vacuuming your carpeting too much
Vacuuming more than twice a week can actually destroy the carpet fibres and cause them to start to fray and unravel. The pile of the carpeting will start to look uneven and worn with individual fibre strands sticking out in different directions.
3. Not having your carpeting professionally cleaned at least once a year
There is only so much dirt and debris vacuuming can remove. A professional deep cleaning helps remove dirt and debris that is trapped deep inside the carpeting. In addition, professionally cleanings are often required by carpet manufacturers to maintain their warranties.
4. Not cleaning up accidents and spills promptly
You might be surprised to learn that some people actually ignore cleaning up accidents and spills. Their solution is to just scrub it deeper into the carpeting, hoping it will cover it up. What they are actually doing is ruining their carpeting. Whenever an accident occurs, carefully blot it up until it is soaked up.
5. Using powder-type carpet deodourizers and fresheners
Poder-type carpet retail products are not good for your carpeting. The powders are like fine grains of sand. It is easy for them to work their way deep down into the base of the carpeting. Not to mention, they are sharp and will slowly cut through the carpet fibres.
6. Using household cleaning products on carpeting
Household cleaning products can be very abrasive on your carpeting. They are not meant to be used on the soft carpet fibres. Certain products can actually remain in the carpeting and leave a residue which attracts grime, dust and dirt.
7. Using retail carpet cleaning products on carpeting
Retail carpeting cleaning products are considered an “all purpose” product which does not account for variances in carpeting types, PH levels of stains, and other such factors you need to know to remove stains and odours.
Your carpet cleaning professional would rather prefer you saved your money. Instead they are more than happy to supply you with the same commercial grade quality products they use, which are matched to your carpeting.
8. Using the wrong vacuum cleaner
It is important to make sure your vacuum is compatible with your type of carpeting. For instance, brush-style vacuums work great on deep pile carpeting, but can destroy low pile and thin carpeting.
If you walk around your home with your shoes on, any germs you have picked up from the outdoors is brought inside and gets into your carpeting and rugs. Germs include various types of bacteria, viruses, and other undesirable things no one really wants in their carpeting. Many germs are responsible for making us sick since they cause illnesses and diseases.
The carpeting in your home attracts all sorts of “stuff” throughout the year. This “stuff” can have a direct effect on the overall quality of air inside the home. In most cases, depending on what is in your carpeting, the air you are breathing could actually contain more pollutants that outdoor air!
The most common types of indoor air pollutants that can get trapped in your carpeting include:
- Pet Hair
- Pet Dander
- Biological Contaminants (Pet Urine, Pet Feces, etc.)
- Dust Mites
- Tobacco Smoke
- VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
- Household Cleaning Product Chemicals
- Runny Noses
- Itchy Eyes
- Runny Eyes
- Low Grade Fevers
- Scratchy/Sore Throats
- Body Aches and Pains
Each of these pollutants can be released into the air you breathe whenever you walk across your carpeting. In addition, if you suffer from asthma, allergies or other respiratory conditions, you often notice an increase in the frequency of symptoms and attacks. Even if you do not have any these medical conditions, it is not uncommon for people to experience flu-like and cold symptoms more often such as:
Deep carpet cleaning services help remove all of the trapped pollutants from the carpeting. Once your carpeting has been deep cleaned, you will notice an overall improvement in air quality inside the home.
Why Vacuuming and Dusting Is Not Enough to Keep Your Carpet Pollutant-free
Vacuuming and dusting are beneficial to help reduce the amount of pollutants that settle and get trapped in the carpeting. Even if you vacuum and dust your home every week, eventually these tasks will no longer be as effective at removing pollutants. This is because bacteria, pet dander, dust mites, and other particles work their way down into the carpeting and into the carpet fibres.
In order to remove the maximum amount of pollutants from your carpeting it has to be deep cleaned. Many people in the GTA have their carpeting cleaned twice a year – once in the spring and again at the start of winter before the holidays.
The spring deep carpet cleaning removes all the buildup that has accumulated over the winter months from tracking salt, sand, and snow into the home. The early winter deep carpet cleaning helps remove pollen, dust, and dirt brought into the home throughout the spring and summer months.
Many people find with two deep carpeting cleanings every year, they are healthier too. This is because there are fewer bacteria and viruses left in the carpeting since it is cleaned more frequently. People tend to get sick les often. Furthermore, they find they are not as sick as long, compared to other people in homes that only have their carpets cleaned once a year or not at all.
To learn more about other benefits of deep carpeting cleaning or to schedule carpeting cleaning for your home, please feel free to contact Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today!