4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Jan 8, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

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As professional carpet cleaners in Windsor, we have seen a lot of carpets. Unfortunately, that means we’ve seen our fair share of carpet mistakes too.

Join us as we explore the four most prevalent carpet cleaning mistakes and discover the expert tips and solutions to help you avoid these pitfalls and keep your carpets looking and feeling their best.

Not vacuuming often enough.

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

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

We recommend vacuuming all carpets in your home weekly at a minimum. If you have pets, children, 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

Consider your daily movements around your home. Certain spots, like hallways, the entryway, and spaces in front of furniture, likely endure heavier foot traffic. These areas demand special attention to withstand the wear and tear. An effective method to prolong the lifespan of high-traffic zones is by incorporating a rug. For those with rugs, remember to regularly rotate them to distribute wear evenly.

If rugs aren’t feasible, ensure regular vacuuming for these areas. We also provide a carpet protectant option that applies a protective coating, aiding your carpet in resisting stains, especially in areas prone to high traffic.

Scrubbing At Spots And Stains

When you spill something on your carpet, your instinct is probably to grab a towel and start scrubbing. However, aggressively scrubbing a spill on your carpet will usually just rub the stain in and spread it further. What you want to do instead is 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, making the issue worse. 

If you cannot remove the stain with gentle blotting, your safest course of action is to call professional carpet cleaners in Windsor, like On The Spot Chem-Dry. We have seen DIY stain removal methods go wrong way too often, resulting in carpet damage and worse stains. This is something to leave to the professionals if you want your carpet to look nice. 

Forgoing Professional Cleanings

You might think that regular vacuuming and promptly addressing spills are sufficient for caring for your carpet. However, it’s crucial to note that your vacuum only reaches the surface layer. Over time, dirt and dust that escape the suction settle near the carpet backing, leading to a matted texture, dull appearance, and the formation of traffic lines. To effectively remove this embedded grime from the depths of your carpets, a professional cleaning service is necessary. Even if your carpets don’t appear dirty, a thorough cleaning can significantly enhance their look and feel.


Are you making any of the above cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team in Windsor can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. Give us a call at 707-795-3209 today to get started!

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*Based on results of studies conducted by independent laboratories of the Chem-Dry HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction) and P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment). Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite matter. Pet odor results based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Figures are an average across multiple tests.