According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, 51% of flooring in the U.S. is covered by carpet. And guess what? Approximately two-thirds of that is found in private residences. There are definite reasons why carpet is so popular. It’s comfortable, luxurious, improves the look and value of most homes, and it can simply make a house a home. Of course, continued maintenance is an essential element. It’s easy, however, to get confused in the sea of information on how to achieve a clean carpet, and an internet full of carpet cleaning myths certainly doesn’t help matters. Knowing the difference between fact and fiction can help you enjoy your beautiful investment for many years to come.
Vacuuming Is Usually Enough
Let’s make this clear: vacuuming alone is not enough to keep your carpet clean. Carpet acts as a giant filter for your home, and everything gets trapped within. Food crumbs fall, dirt and debris from shoes and simple movement smash down into the fibers, and even pet dander gets trapped in the padding. Bacteria, mold, dust mites, and other disgusting nasties feed, thrive, and breed in that filth. In fact, research has discovered the endless supply of some critters that share our living quarters on a continuous basis. As good as many vacuum cleaners on the market swear to be, they still only remove the top level of debris. What’s lurking below continues to breed and rebuild.
Homeowners Can Clean Their Own Carpet
Well, can and should are two completely different concepts here. Anyone *can* clean their own carpet. But doing so may be a waste of time, effort, and money. The truth is that while store-based carpet cleaning agents are plentiful, many contain harsh chemicals that can do more harm than good. And those rental extraction systems that pump gallons .. Read more