Here are a few of the most common misconceptions when it comes to false carpet cleaning claims.
Myth #1 – All carpet cleaners and carpet cleaning companies are all the same.
When you go for the lowest bid, watch out for the old ‘Bait and Switch’ game. Some carpet cleaning companies offer a low price to literally get their foot in the door. Once there they add on services you thought were included in the price.
Myth #2 – It makes no difference which method of cleaning you choose.
Hot water extraction (steam cleaning) is the cleaning method nearly all carpet manufacturers and carpet fiber producers recommend. This is the only deep cleaning method. All the others are considered light surface cleaning and leave large amounts of cleaning agent in the carpet.
Myth #3 – All a company needs to clean carpets correctly is the right equipment.
Many cleaning companies own professional carpet cleaning systems, but don’t teach their technicians the proper ways to use them. Make sure the cleaning company you choose uses trained technicians.
Myth #4 – The longer you wait between carpet cleanings, the better.
Allowing the carpet to become overly soiled may result in irreversible damage. Dirt is like sandpaper. It damages your carpet. Industry standards recommend you clean your carpets every 6 to 18 months, depending on your lifestyle.
Myth #5 – Doing it yourself with average rental equipment will get the same results as hiring a company.
Some of the potential problems that can occur are yellowing, overwetting, fiber damage, severe resoiling, and overuse of detergents. Most rental units do not clean well and may damage carpet.