• Tom McKee

Carpet Cleaning Myths

Updated: Aug 5, 2019

DIY cleaning or stain removal?


There is often great information posted online regarding carpet cleaning. However, the advice provided from various sources can often cause more harm than good.


The reason I write this article today is due to a new client recently contacting us to extract undiluted bleach from her five month old carpet which had caused burns to her dogs when lying on the carpet. She was sold a new carpet on the idea that the carpet is so tough you can clean it with bleach but did not think where the bleach goes!


Whilst claims from manufacturers that solution dyed synthetic fibres may in fact not be drastically altered with the application of bleach can often be the case I thought it best to out line a few basics to keeping carpets looking their best.


Here are some tips often discussed in online forums that you will definitely want to skip to avoid causing serious damage to your carpets.


Carpet Cleaning Myth no.1

You should avoid frequent vacuuming to avoid wear

Modern carpeting is designed and constructed to withstand lots of vacuuming. Vacuuming your carpet regularly is in fact one of the best things that you can do to increase its lifespan. Often when using a high quality vacuum this step alone has proved to remove up to 80 percent of dry particulate soiling from carpet fibres.

Most households should as a minimum vacuum carpeting at least once a week. However, high-traffic areas and homes with pets may need to be vacuumed more regularly.


Carpet Cleaning Myth no.2

Vinegar can clean carpets

Vinegar is regularly recommended as a natural method for homeowners to clean their own carpeting. Although vinegar is a disinfectant it unfortunately cannot remove stains. When vinegar was tested alongside various other natural cleaning products it was found that vinegar was the least effective solution.


The next step many take to is mixing vinegar with hydrogen peroxide and or baking soda. Again not an effective solution for removing stains from carpet either. Many times we have been contracted to remove the resulting sticky paste and what most do not know is that this mixture can in fact create Peracetic acid (a component of an antimicrobial wash used to clean poultry carcasses) irritating skin and causing respiratory inflammation issues.


Carpet Cleaning Myth no.3

New Carpets do not require cleaning

In fact carrying out regular cleaning from new will ensure that your carpets last longer reducing the soils that cause premature wear in traffic areas. Carpets are designed to trap pollutants and to hide stains well. You should have your carpet professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months. In addition, the application of stain protection can also increases life span and prolong cleaning results.


Carpet Cleaning Myth no.4

Hair spray can be used to remove stains

Hair spray is for your hair not your valuable floor coverings. Hair spray deposits a residue that you do not want to have trapped in your carpet fibres. If this residue is not extracted from the carpet the result will be rapid re-soiling to the treated area due to the attraction of dry particulate soil. Most importantly hair spray can cause permanent damage to your carpet.


Carpet Cleaning Myth no.5

Dish washing soap can be used to clean carpet

Dish soap is designed to remove grease and food stuffs from dishes. The soap is rinsed off after washing. Carpets do not have a rinse function. Many people mix dish soap with water and find that the stain is worse than before. Again this residue promotes rapid re-soiling not forgetting that many dish soaps can contain colouring which can stain and even dye many carpet fibres.


Carpet Cleaning Myth no.6

Water is the best method for removing stains

Using water to remove stains from a carpet may seem harmless. However, it can sometimes do more harm than good. If you use water on certain stains like ink there is a possibility that a stain can spread and can even become a permanent feature of your carpeting.


Contact TNT carpet and upholstery cleaning to discuss how we can clean your carpets safely and efficiently on 07885698524.



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