If you believe this common misconception about carpet cleaning…
You may actually be right.
You’ve heard it before…once you clean your carpets, you have to do it more often. This is a common misconception with home owners, but if you think this, you may be right.
#1Reason you may be RIGHT: Well most homeowners have spot cleaned their carpet at some point only to have to spot reappear. This creates a perpetual cycle of spot cleaning the same area and every time the spot comes back larger and darker that before. It is common to draw the conclusion that cleaning your carpets results in the need for more frequent cleaning
#2 Reason you may be RIGHT: DIY carpet cleaning machines clean your carpets utilizing a cleaning solution of water and detergents. If your carpets are damp after you clean your carpets, that’s not just plain water. The water will evaporate but not the cleaning detergents that you added to the water. This residue will attract soil and the viscous cycled of cleaning begins. (tip: every third cleaning just use plain water to remove detergent residues)
#3 Reason you may be RIGHT: While professional carpet cleaners don’t use the same over the counter cleaning detergents, many will clean the same way by simply adding a detergent to their water and cleaning away. This saves a lot of time for the carpet cleaner, but again, if your carpet is damp when they are done, you have water and detergent in your carpet. Good professional equipment will remove more moisture and detergent allow with it, but there is still detergent in your carpet. I guess some cleaners believe in creating their own job security.
#4 Reason you may be RIGHT: Professional carpet cleaners don’t take the necessary time to properly rinse and extract the carpet. Applying a detergent and then rinsing with plain water, is better than all the above, but many cleaners fall short. A professional cleaner can eliminate a lot of time by not performing dry extraction strokes resulting in inadequate removal of the cleaning detergent.
#5 Reason you may be RIGHT: Most professional carpet cleaners don’t even know this one. Changing the pH balance of the carpet can lead to faster resoling. Many cleaners will use high pH cleaning solutions because they typically work faster and for the guy charging low prices, he needs to be fast. Second, cleaners will often over concentrate their cleaning solution to save even more time. Water may be able to rinse most of the detergent, but it can’t always correct the pH level. Most soiling has a low pH and as we know opposites attract, making your higher pH carpet attractive to soils.
#1 Reason you are WRONG: Few professional carpet cleaner actually possess the education and knowledge to understand cleaning on a molecular level. A knowledgeable carpet cleaner can leave your carpets clean, residue free, and pH balance for a long lasting clean. At Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning our cleaning agents are free rinsing, we pH balance the carpet, and take the necessary time to properly extract your carpet to give you the best cleaning possible. We don’t want your carpets just to look good for a few days, we want your carpet to look great for months.