2. Using the wrong carpet stain removal product
This is one of the most frustrating mistakes you can make: imagine that you go to clean a stain, and instead of removing it, the cleaning solution leaves behind its own patch of discoloration! Unfortunately, some cleaning products aren’t compatible with all types of carpeting and can actually make whatever stains you’ve got worse.
Before using any new carpet cleaner, you should test the cleaner somewhere inconspicuous. A corner inside a closet is a great place to test a new cleaner – that way, even if the cleaner turns out to be a dud, you won’t be left looking at unsightly stains. This advice applies to DIY cleaning solutions, too – just because you made it yourself doesn’t mean it can’t cause discoloration! It’s always a good idea to check with the carpet manufacturer’s recommendations to avoid using the wrong cleaning product.
3. Not vacuuming often enough
Just like in most areas of life, routine maintenance is always the best way to ensure your stuff lasts as long as possible. Carpets are no exception to this rule and will benefit from regular vacuuming. If you put off cleaning too long, you risk accumulating difficult-to-remove build-up.
Not only will your carpet look progressively worse as oil and dirt accumulate, but this grime is actually bad for the carpet fibers, causing them to wear prematurely. Vacuuming removes these particles and renews the carpet’s loft, keeping it soft and fluffy. Not only will vacuuming regularly keep your carpet looking good, but it will also extend the life of your carpet!
The right amount of vacuuming will vary depending on how much traffic the carpet receives. Generally, once a week is the right amount, although high-traffic areas or households with pets or children may require more attention. Animals that are heavy shedders could mean that you’ll want to be vacuuming every other day to keep dander levels down.
4. Using carpet deodorizers incorrectly
Most cleaning products are scented – not because scents intrinsically boost cleaning power, but because we associate good smells with cleanliness. However, carpets do not need to be treated with deodorizer in most cases, and these products should be used carefully.
If used improperly, deodorizers can actually cause a build-up of hard-to-remove gunk. If your household vacuum doesn’t have enough suction, it may not be able to remove deeply set deodorizing powders fully.
If your carpet doesn’t smell, it doesn’t need a deodorizer. If it is beginning to pick up a bit of a funk, then your best bet is to call a professional carpet cleaner instead of a DIY fix.