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Don’t Do These Things When Cleaning Your Carpets

Mar 27, 2024 | Carpet Care

Don’t Do These Things When Cleaning Your Carpets

The internet is full of great advice—and some not so great advice. If you’ve ever looked online for deep carpet cleaning tips only to realize that most of the advice out there seems to be questionable, you’re not alone. Our professional carpet cleaners in Mesa 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. Wrong. 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.

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 to clean carpet. And, it’s important to note that steam cleaning isn’t even the ideal method for deep carpet cleaning. 

At Orange Poppy 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. 


Applying vinegar to carpet

Vinegar is often thought of as a natural cleaning agent, and this is true in many contexts. However, vinegar is not the magic solution for deep carpet cleaning. Before you dump vinegar on your carpets, take a whiff of it and consider just how you’re going to remove this smelly liquid from your carpets. We know what many homeowners end up doing: calling Orange Poppy Chem-Dry to deep clean their carpets in Mesa


Of course, the unpleasant smell of vinegar isn’t the only reason to avoid using it to clean your carpets. Its acidic properties can also be problematic when it comes to the color and texture of your carpet, and exposure can lead to fading and stiffness.


Get started with a deep carpet cleaning process that you can trust! Call Orange Poppy Chem-Dry at (480) 588-0661 today to schedule your Mesa carpet cleaning


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