10 Myths And Misconceptions About Professional Carpet Cleaning Debunked
Carpet cleaning is surprisingly controversial as far as home improvement services are concerned. There has been a long-standing question of “to DIY or not to DIY” and although the evidence against cleaning your carpet yourself is overwhelming, there is still a lot of doubt when it comes to investing in professional cleaning. This is mainly due to the myths and misconceptions about getting the service. But that is all they are; myths. The truth is that you really have nothing to worry about as far as professional carpet cleaning goes. And to help ease your mind, here are 10 of the most common carpet cleaning myths debunked.
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- Myth # 1- Professional carpet cleaning is expensive
It is a common assumption that any service offered professionally is expensive and carpet cleaning has not escaped this stigma. This, however, could not be further from the truth. A lot of the carpet cleaning services on offer are not only affordable but also worth the money.
DIY cleaning, on the other hand, tends to be costly as you end up having to rent the required equipment and by cleaning chemicals that you will probably only use once. There is also the possibility of spending extra money to fix damage to the carpet or floors due to damage during the DIY cleaning process.
- Myth # 2- At home carpet cleaning is intrusive
Not many homeowners are comfortable with strangers in their homes even for improvement services. A lot of people tend to worry about carpet cleaning being intrusive especially when cleaning rugs and carpets in intimate spaces like living rooms and bedrooms.
However, if you work with an ethical and professional crew you do not have to worry about this. These people respect their jobs and your space as the client and their focus will be entirely on the carpet. And if you are truly not comfortable, you can work with a team that allows pickups for cleaning in different locations.
- Myth # 3- It takes a long time and is super inconvenient
Carpet cleaning, in general, is a very tasking job especially if you are dealing with deep cleaning of a large unit. However, contrary to this belief it actually takes less time working with a professional carpet cleaning crew.
They work in teams and this allows them to get the job done a lot faster and more efficiently. They also use special equipment that allows things like scrubbing, rinsing and drying to go really fast ensuring that you have your carpet back and ready for use in good time.
- Myth # 4- It may damage your floors
This myth revolves around the belief that water saturation cleaning methods expose underlying floor materials to damage. As a result, many people opt to go with simple vacuuming as their only cleaning option which is never a great idea.
Professional cleaning crews offer a wide variety of cleaning services which mean that you do not have to worry about your floors being damaged. The techniques and equipment used during cleaning of still installed floors are designed to prevent seeping of water past the carpets. If you are still not comfortable, you could choose to have your carpet removed and cleaned elsewhere.
- Myth # 5- Professional carpet cleaning is unnecessary with protectors
Carpet protectors are pretty cool and they do help to keep carpets clean after professional deep washing sessions. However, they are in no way substitutes to professional cleaning. These protectors though useful never offer permanent coverage. With time and use the protective layers wear off and dirt accumulates. So even with the best protector material out there, you will still have to get your carpet cleaned.
- Myth # 6- You can clean your carpet just as well as a professional crew
There is absolutely no way DIY carpet cleaning results can match the quality of professional cleaning crews. This is simply not possible. The pros work with a wealth of knowledge, experience and resources that not online tutorial or equipment rental service will ever offer. So if you want great results then you are better off working with a professional carpet cleaning business.
- Myth # 7- You only need to clean your carpet once a year
Cleaning your carpet once every six months is doing it a major disservice. Even if it is that one old rug in the guest room that never gets used. If you want to keep your carpet clean and promote durability then you should target a cleaning frequency of once every 2 to 4 months. Then you can maintain the results with regular vacuuming every 1 to 3 days.
- Myth # 8- Home remedies are enough to deal with stains
The internet is overflowing with tips and tricks on how to deal with stains (spill pun very much intended). You will find all sorts of advice from using wet wipes to bleach. More often than not, these home remedies do very little if anything at all to help reduce stains on carpets. In some unfortunate cases, they could even end up causing more damage. Therefore, you are better off just going with a professional crew to handle that unsightly mess on your beautiful carpet.
- Myth # 9- Water saturation cleaning methods cause mould and mildew
These methods work by saturating your carpet fibres with water and cleaning chemicals in order to get as much of the dirt out as possible. They include cleaning techniques like steaming and shampooing. When done by professionals, there is no risk of things like mould and mildew forming. This is because in addition to cleaning the crew will ensure proper drying so that there is no dampness to support the growth of these organisms.
- Myth # 10- Professional carpet cleaning makes carpets age faster
Actually, it is the lack of proper carpet cleaning that will cause it to age faster. Dirt has a destructive effect on carpet fibres and will lead to things like discolouration and fibre breakage. Getting it professionally cleaned, on the other hand, helps to prevent this by getting rid of grease, dirt and anything else that could potentially cause damage and speed up ageing.
All factors considered, professional carpet cleaning is without a doubt a great investment. Contrary to popular belief it is not expensive or, intrusive or damaging. If anything, it is affordable, necessary and protective. So whether you want your carpet washed after a major mess or you think it is time for some spring cleaning, you are by far better off working with professionals than struggling to do it all by yourself.