How often should I clean my carpets and is it better to wait as long as I can?

NO. The theory of holding off cleaning your carpets came from methods of years ago. Back then there was no way to perform residue free carpet cleaning. When your carpet was cleaned there was always a soapy residue left behind. Hence the statement: my carpets got dirtier after they were cleaned. That used to be true, but not anymore.

Dirty carpets can affect your health! Carpet can actually improve indoor air quality, if properly maintained. This because your carpet is much more than a pretty soft floor covering. It is the largest air filter in your home, holding soil, allergens, bacteria, pollens, chemicals and other contaminants that would otherwise become airborne. Now with the proper truck mounted steam cleaning procedures, your carpet will last, in many cases, more than twice as long if it is professionally cleaner every 12 to 16 months.

If I clean my carpet, is it bad for my carpet?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Actually quite the opposite. As mentioned above, cleaning your carpet properly, at the correct intervals, greatly increased the useful life of your carpet.

Can I use any over the counter spot remover on my carpet?

NO NOT ALWAYS! There are many good over the counter spot removers available to you today. There are a few tips you need to know. First and foremost, NEVER use any product that has the word OXI in it. Despite what the label there is slow oxidizing bleach in that product that can permanently remove the color from your carpet leaving white spots where the color used to be. With any spotter you use, always follow up by rinsing with clean cool water to remove the spotting residue.

Why do some spots keep coming back?

The main reason the spot comes back after you think it is gone is that there is still some residual spotting material that you didn’t get out. There are remedies for this and they are quite simple. Put cold water into a spray bottle. Spray the area and get it quite moist, but not wet. Place a white towel over the dampened spot and place aluminum foil on top of the towel. Than place some books, or similar heavy objects, on top of the foil. The foil protects the book from absorbing any moisture and becoming damaged. Leave these layers in place for 24 hours. The carpet dries from the bottom up and stops on the last surface it comes in contact with, the carpet tips. The towel becomes the last surface and the stain travels into the towel and out of the carpet. In most cases, the pesky spot will be gone. If some still remains, repeat the procedure in 24 hours. Now you know why some spots come back.

If I vacuum my carpet, is it a bad thing to do?

NO! Lack of vacuuming is a bad thing to do for your carpet. Vacuuming removes a lot of the soil and allergens while they are still fairly close to the surface. These soils and allergens if not removed, become embedded deep in the base of the carpet and causes the carpet to get into an unhealthy condition.

Remember, along with soil are allergens that can cause sensitive people to experience respiratory distress and allergic reactions. Keep it clean and you stay healthier.

Can the carpet cleaning process make you ill?

NO! There has never been any proof that having your carpet cleaned can cause any type of disease or illness. It is just the media making something out of nothing.

Can having carpet in your home make your allergies worse?

NO! The carpet in your home is the largest air filter you can have in your house. Keeping your carpet properly cleaned and professionally cleaned at the recommended intervals will help allergy sufferers considerably.

What is the best system to use when having my carpet cleaned?

Shaw, the largest carpet manufacture in the world, now requires that all carpets be cleaned with a system that leaves no residue. If you have a problem, they test your carpet and find residue, they can void your warranty. That being said, the only carpet cleaning system that is capable of doing that is steam cleaning, also called hot water extraction. When properly performed by a certified carpet cleaning technician, steam cleaning will properly clean the carpet and leave it almost dry.

How long should carpet take to dry after cleaning?

After proper carpet cleaning procedures have been followed, the average time is 1 to 3 hours. This can vary a little depending on weather conditions. However, after a carpet has been cleaned, you should never have to wear boots because your carpet was left to wet.

Is there any odor after normal carpet cleaning?

NO. All pre-treating of the carpet should be done before the final cleaning process is done. The only time there can be an odor is if you have an animal urine problem. The odor neutralizing chemicals that have to be used in these cases, can leave a bit of an odor for a while, but should go away. Normal, every day dirty carpet being cleaned leaves no odor.

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By Bruce D Jackson|Submitted On February 21, 2011