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Carpet Cleaning Don’ts

Jan 4, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

hand scrubbing carpet with a brush

Navigating the internet for carpet cleaning tips can be a mixed bag, with both great and not-so-great advice. If you’ve found yourself puzzled by questionable recommendations, you’re not alone. Our team of professional carpet cleaners in San Fernando frequently encounters homeowners who inquire about methods they’ve read online or, unfortunately, call us after realizing they’ve unintentionally damaged their carpet following misguided internet tips. We certainly don’t want you to face the same predicament, so our carpet cleaning experts are here to debunk some of the less-than-ideal carpet care advice that’s circulating online.

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. That’s not what happens when you pour salt into your carpets. 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, so you’re leaving behind grit that creates friction between carpet fibers, contributing to wear and tear. 

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

At Delta 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. 

Scrubbing carpet with a scrub brush. 

When it comes to cleaning, scrubbing might be your go-to for dirty dishes, but it’s a different story when it comes to carpets. Why? Well, carpets are crafted from intricately woven and delicate fibers, and aggressive scrubbing can take a toll on their texture, color, and overall lifespan. Moreover, when you scrub a stain on your carpet, you’re likely just spreading it around instead of actually getting rid of it. That’s why a more effective approach involves addressing spots and stains on a molecular level, precisely what our Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.®) and specialized stain removal services are designed to do.

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 FRANNAME to deep clean the carpets after this DIY gone awry. 

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.

Choose Professional Deep Carpet Cleaning 

When you choose our deep carpet cleaning services, you won’t have to risk damaging your carpet in order to deep clean and restore its beauty. Our HCE process is effective at lifting embedded soil from deep within carpets and removing it with ease. Because our process only requires a fraction of the water used in steam cleaning and doesn’t rely on soapy detergents, it won’t leave your carpets wet for days or covered with a sticky residue.

When you choose professional carpet cleaners, you’ll be able to get back to life as usual in just a few hours, and you won’t be bothered by the unpleasant odors that are often associated with DIY cleaning methods. Instead, your carpets will look and smell fresh and clean. Even better, you’ll have taken an important step in protecting their longevity while promoting the health of your home.


Get started with a deep carpet cleaning process that you can trust! Call Delta Chem-Dry at (818) 718-7154 today to schedule your San Fernando carpet cleaning.

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