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4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Jan 4, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

Hand scrubbing carpet with a brush

As professional carpet cleaners in Fort Smith, we have seen a lot of carpets. Unfortunately, that also means we’ve seen our fair share of carpet-cleaning mistakes too. Here are the top four mistakes we see homeowners make so you can avoid them. 

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?

When you whip out that vacuum, you’re not just saying goodbye to dirt and grime in your carpets. You’re preventing potential wear and tear on those cozy carpet fibers. And here’s a cool bonus: your carpets act like superheroes, trapping dirt and dust from the air and stopping them from doing the indoor dance in your home. Yet, if they get too stuffed with dirt, it’s like they’re on strike, unable to do their job properly and maybe even making your indoor air quality a tad worse.

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

Think about how you move about your home in a day. There are probably places where you walk way more often than others, such as hallways, the entryway, and in front of furniture. These areas need special care to help them withstand the heavy traffic they receive. One way to extend the life of these high-traffic areas is to add a rug. If you already have a rug, be sure to rotate it regularly to spread the wear evenly. 

If a rug isn’t an option, be sure to vacuum these areas regularly. We also offer a carpet protectant which adds a protective coating to your carpet, helping it withstand the stains that high traffic areas are more likely to see. 

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 in 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 Fort Smith, like Elmer’s 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 may assume that if you’re vacuuming regularly and quickly soaking up spills, you’re giving your carpet all the care that it needs. Unfortunately, your vacuum can only reach the top layer of your carpet. Over time, dirt and dust that have escaped the suction action will embed itself near the carpet backing, resulting in a matted texture, dull appearance, and traffic lines. The only way to get this grime out of the depths of your carpets is to use a professional cleaning service. Even if your carpets don’t look dirty, you’d be surprised at how much better they look and feel after a good cleaning. 


Are you making any of the above cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team in Fort Smith can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. We also offer carpet cleaning services in Northwest Arkansas including Bella Vista, Bentonville, and RogersGive us a call at (479) 646-8800 today to get started!

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