Our professional carpet cleaners in Bellingham often have homeowners ask about methods they read about online or, even worse, call after they realize they ruined their carpet thanks to a bad internet tip. We don’t want the same to happen to you, so our carpet cleaning experts are here to debunk some bad carpet care advice we’ve come across. 

Using salt to brighten carpets

We’re not sure where this tip even comes from, but we’ve heard salt is supposed to brighten your carpet and make it appear cleaner. That’s not what happens when you pour salt into your carpets. For starters, salt on its own is not going to clean anything. Additionally, your home vacuum is unlikely to be able to remove all of the salt, so you’re leaving behind grit that creates friction between carpet fibers, contributing to wear and tear. 

If your carpets are looking particularly dull or are displaying unappealing traffic lanes, opt instead for professional deep carpet cleaning that will restore their original color and beauty with more reliable methods.

Steaming your carpet with a clothes steamer or steam mop

You might be tempted to save money on carpet cleaning by steaming your carpets yourself with your clothes steamer or steam mop, but this is a terrible idea. These household machines aren’t designed for carpet cleaning. And, it’s important to note that steam cleaning isn’t even the ideal method for deep carpet cleaning. 

At Chem-Dry, we have developed a more effective process called Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) to get your carpet cleaner. Unlike steam cleaning, our techniques will not leave your carpets soaking wet, nor will they risk heating your carpets to inappropriately high temperatures–two problems that are associated with using any type of steamer on your carpet. 

Scrubbing carpet with a scrub brush

If you need to clean something, you scrub it, right? While that might be true for dirty dishes, you do not want to scrub your carpets. This is because carpets are made of densely woven, delicate fibers, and scrubbing can have a negative effect on their texture, color, and overall lifespan. Plus, when you scrub a stain or spot in your carpet, you’re likely just spreading it around instead of actually removing it. That’s why it’s always better to approach the removal of spots and stains on a molecular level, which is exactly what our Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.®) and specialty stain removal services do. 

Choose Professional Deep Carpet Cleaning

When you choose professional carpet cleaners, you’ll be able to get back to life as usual in just a few hours. Your carpets will look and smell fresh and clean. Even better, you’ll have taken an important step in protecting their longevity while promoting the health of your home.

Get started with a deep carpet cleaning process that you can trust! Call John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County at (360) 734-3551 today to schedule your Bellingham carpet cleaning