Taking proper care of your carpets and rugs is really the only way to extend their longevity. And, as it turns out, there are plenty of things you can do wrong when it comes to cleaning your carpets. Check out this list of things you should never do to your carpets and rugs if you want to keep them clean and looking great for years to come. 

Let Dirt Settle Into Your Carpets

There’s a difference between superficial dirt and the kind that makes its way all the way down to the deepest parts of your carpet’s fibers to wreak havoc. Dirt that settles deep into your carpets can cause odd smells, damage the overall integrity of your carpet, and leave stains that are difficult to remove. 

Vacuuming and sweeping your carpet will help a considerable amount to prevent set-in dirt, but the only way to truly keep messes from setting into your carpet is to have them professionally cleaned on a regular basis

Leave Spills for Later

If you have kids or pets at home, the occasional spills and food droppings may be inevitable, but don’t leave the cleaning for later. If there’s a liquid spill, blot it immediately so it doesn’t have time to penetrate deep into the fibers of the carpet. Similarly, if baby food drops onto carpets or rugs, try to clean it right away, or else it will dry up and become much harder to remove. 

Scrub Stains & Spills

Scrubbing stains and spills on your carpet only push the stain, debris, and dust further down into the carpet fibers. It can also create significant damage to the carpet fibers, making them weaker and causing them to fray and even fall apart or separate completely from the carpet padding. When cleaning an accident on your carpet or rug, blot the spot with a damp, clean white rag. 

Overuse Carpet Deodorizers

People often spray or use powder deodorizers to keep carpets and rugs fresh and smelling clean, but they are not meant to be used as a cleaner and can’t help with stain removal. Repeated use of these products can cause buildup over time and actually make your carpets dirtier. Carpet deodorizers, when used improperly, can even attract dirt and make it stick to your carpet and when dirt stays on your carpet for long periods of time it can create additional wear and tear. 

Pour Water Over Stains

It may be your initial reaction to clean any spill that happens on your carpet with lots of water. However, if you apply too much moisture, the carpet cannot completely dry and it could lead to mildew. Instead of saturating the spot with water, simply sprinkle water on it and blot the stain using a clean cloth or paper towel. 

Skip Your Weekly Vacuuming 

Regular vacuuming is important for the longevity of your carpets. It’s recommended that you vacuum your carpets at least once a week, more often if you have pets. Vacuuming lifts away all the dust, debris, and particles that are left on your carpet each day. Without routine vacuuming, the dirt and debris will continue to accumulate and push further down into the carpet fibers, which can cause damage over time. 

Use Household Cleaning Products on Carpets

Household cleaning products can be extremely abrasive on your carpeting and are not meant to be used on the soft carpet fibers. Certain products can remain in the carpeting until it’s cleaned and leave a residue that attracts grime, dust, and dirt onto your carpet or rug. 

Not Having Your Carpets Cleaned Professionally by Springer

The very worst thing you can do to your floors is not to have them cleaned regularly by Springer Floor Care! All jokes aside, regular carpet cleaning is one of the best investments you can make for your home to keep it clean and to prevent the need for costly carpet replacement. Don’t trust your carpets to anyone else but our highly trained team of experts! Call today to schedule a cleaning service