Cleaning a carpet is simple, right? Maybe, if you use a vacuum cleaner. But even then, you never know how clean it actually is. After all, carpets are made up of thick fibres (often wool, polypropylene, nylon or polyester) that can trap dirt deep down, where it is hard to reach and therefore even harder to clean.
So what is the best way to clean your carpet? Moreover, how do you choose a reliable carpet cleaning company? We’ll answer these questions and more in our review of the top carpet-cleaning misconceptions.
1. Vacuuming is enough.
This is probably the most common misconception about carpets. Many people think that just vacuuming their carpet is enough to keep it clean yearlong.
And sure, vacuum cleaning will remove hair, dust, crumbs and other physical dirt, but what it can’t do is extract all the dirt from your carpet. Oh, and it doesn’t remove odours or stains.
Unlike vacuuming, professional carpet cleaning uses steam machines to reach deep into the fibres of your carpet and unlock dirt—even the smallest particles and most stubborn stains don’t stand a chance.
So in addition to vacuuming your carpeting at least once a week, make sure you get it steam-cleaned once a year. Only then will it be completely clean.
2. All carpet-cleaning methods are equally effective.
This is simply not true. There are many cleaning methods and they couldn’t be more different from each other.
The dry-foam method applies shampoo to your carpet, leaves it to dry and extracts it afterwards. This is not the most effective method, but some carpet-cleaning companies still use it.
With the dry-chem method, a large cotton bonnet spins from side to side and absorbs the dirt in the carpet. Unfortunately, this method is not too effective either.
Finally, the dry-compound method spreads an absorbent mixture all over your carpet. Then it brushes it in and extracts it with a vacuum cleaner after it has dried. Once again, however, this procedure is not much better than the previous two.
These three methods will not properly clean your carpet. Instead, they will just leave a dirty residue.
The one and only true method is hot water extraction (or steam cleaning). The process is pretty simple actually. Hot water and a liquid cleaning solution are applied to your carpet and then a wet-vac is used to lift the carpet fibres and extract the water (and dirt) into a wastewater reservoir.
With steam cleaning, you reach the deepest parts of your carpeting and removes all bacteria, dust, dirt, hair and stains.
Apart from cleaning your carpet, the steam cleaner will remove the extra cleaning solution from it as well so that it dries more quickly.
3. All carpet-cleaning companies are the same.
A company that uses any of the dry-cleaning methods mentioned above simply cannot be as efficient as one that uses steam cleaning. If you’ve tried both methods in the past, then you already know the difference. And if you haven’t, we recommend you to carefully check which method your carpet cleaner uses and then decide if you really want to trust them with your carpet.
4. The longer you wait, the better.
If you’ve been putting off getting your carpets cleaned in order to save money, you’re actually wasting more money in the long run. This is because lack of maintenance will make your carpet older sooner. Then, your only option will be to buy a new carpet.
On the other hand, if you get your carpeting cleaned regularly, it will last longer and save you money. So instead of seeing it as an expense, consider carpet cleaning a long-term investment.
5. You should clean the carpet only when it’s dirty.
Just because you don’t have huge stains on your carpeting doesn’t mean it’s clean. By the time your carpet is visibly and noticeably dirty, it might already be too late.
When it comes to our carpets, we can only see what is on the surface, not what’s deep inside the fibres. Also, bacteria and viruses are microscopic in size so they could be living in your carpets without you ever even knowing.
To make sure your carpet is completely clean, have it cleaned professionally once a year.
6. You can clean your carpets yourself—all you need is a steam cleaner.
While the right equipment is necessary to do the job effectively, it is not the only thing you need. The best companies have both the right equipment and the experts to clean your carpeting properly.
Carpet cleaning professionals are specifically trained and have years of experience cleaning carpets. They know things that the average homeowner does not, from which steam cleaner to use to which carpet shampoo to apply based on the type of carpet you have and how soiled it is.
So if you’re tempted to rent a steam cleaner and attempt a DIY carpet cleaning project, don’t. There’s a reason why professional carpet-cleaning companies exist.
7. You should hire the company that offers the lowest price.
If money is your only concern, then yes—go ahead and spend as little money as possible. But don’t complain when your carpets are underwhelmingly clean or, in the worst case, destroyed.
On the other hand, if you think long term, you should ask around and compare both the prices and the quality of service that companies offer. You will very likely find a company that will make your carpet super clean for just a slightly higher price.
8. You should hire the company that offers the highest price.
Again, this is equally as false as the previous misconception. There are numerous companies that offer to clean your carpets at exorbitant prices.
This doesn’t mean they are much better than the rest. After all, they’re using pretty much the same equipment. They only try to stand out from the rest by charging a lot more.
Ask around for references and people’s experiences with different companies and you will find one that offers the best value for money.
9. Carpet cleaners never provide references.
Every company that is proud of its work will provide references. If they don’t, they may have just started out and don’t have any references or they may have something to hide.
Be cautious and persistent. Don’t let anyone persuade you that references don’t matter. Eventually you will find a company that will gladly provide references to their previous work.
10. All carpet cleaning companies should give you a precise quote over the phone.
As much as you would like to know exactly how much you will have pay for carpet cleaning, a serious company will rarely give you a quote over the phone.
The price will depend on the type of carpet, the amount of dirt and the amount of furniture that has to be moved. None of these can be determined over the phone, so cleaners will have to come to your house to perform an assessment. Only then will they be able to give you an accurate quote.
Mold Busters now offers hot-water extraction for carpet cleaning
There are a surprising number of myths surrounding carpet cleaning. But as always, Mold Busters wants to help clarify those misconceptions. And now, with our brand new carpet-cleaning service, we can make sure that you make the right decision when it comes to your carpets.
If you want us to perform an assessment for your home, give us a call today. We use the most up-to-date hot water extraction method that will leave your carpet as clean as new. When we clean your carpets, you will be surprised by how great it actually looks.