When it comes to taking care of carpets, most people don’t think much past vacuuming and the occasional shampooing and/or steaming. However, what they don’t know is that these misconceptions can lead to harmful, expensive consequences for your carpet. To help protect the look and longevity of the carpet in your business, we’ve busted 3 of the most common myths about commercial carpet cleaning.
1.) “Our carpets are only a year old, we don’t need to clean them yet”
We hear this a lot, but one of the most common misconceptions about carpet care is that you don’t need to clean your carpet until it starts to look dirty. Unfortunately, by the time your carpet starts to show the effects of the dirt, dust, and other debris, it’s already too late. When microscopic pieces of dirt get caught in your carpet, the constant movement of your feet grinds these particles into the protective fibers of your carpeting, causing the fibers to break down. This movement adds up over time, and little by little your carpet will start to wear down. This wear is irreversible and cannot be corrected. Proper maintenance cleanings are key to keeping your carpet looking it’s best for the long haul.
2.) “We don’t need our carpets cleaned by someone, We can just rent a machine ourselves”
True, you can run to the nearest grocery or home improvement store and rent your own carpet cleaning machine. And yes, this option seems quick and relatively easy, but it can cause serious damage to your carpet. The problem with these machines is that they put a lot of water into the carpet, but they can’t effectively take it back out. So, not only does this take your carpet longer to dry, to but it also makes it susceptible to mold, mildew, and damage to your carpet’s backing.
To add to the potential damage caused by the rental machines, over the counter stain removers and carpet cleaning formulas sold with these rentals can be just as damaging. In fact, these products will remove color from roughly 33% of all carpets on the market.
3.) “We can keep our carpets fresh with a sprinkle-on carpet deodorizer and vacuuming”
Sprinkle-on carpet deodorizers contain talcum powder, which doesn’t dissolve in water. After using the powder several times, the talcum powder will accumulate and become embedded in your carpet. And, despite your best attempts at vacuuming, some powder will still be left behind. Now, the next time you clean your carpets, water will mix with the talcum powder, dry, and leave very noticeable white stains on top of the carpet.
Taking proper care of your carpets is no easy task. But by making sure your carpets are properly cleaned, not only will you provide a great aesthetic to your workplace, but you’ll also save big on long-term replacement costs. Talk to the carpet care experts at ProDry Floor Care before your next carpet cleaning, and discover the difference it truly makes.