4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Jan 4, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

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As professional carpet cleaners in San Rafael, we have seen a lot of carpets. Unfortunately, that means we’ve seen our fair share of carpet mistakes too. Here are the top four mistakes that we see homeowners make so you can avoid them. 

Not vacuuming often enough.

Okay, you probably know that you should vacuum often. It’s part of keeping a clean home. However, do you know just why vacuuming is so important and how often you should be vacuuming?

When you vacuum your carpets, you remove dirt and grime that, if left for too long, can wear down the carpet fibers and cause damage. Additionally, your carpets act as filters, trapping dirt and dust from the air and preventing it from circulating in your home. However, if your carpets become too full of dirt, they won’t effectively trap more, potentially worsening your indoor air quality.

We recommend vacuuming all the carpets in your home at least once a week. If you have pets, children, or regularly wear shoes inside, it’s advisable to vacuum more frequently to ensure your carpets stay clean.

Not Giving High-traffic Areas Adequate Protection

Think about how you move about your home in a day. There are probably places where you walk way more often than others, such as hallways, the entryway and in front of furniture. These areas need special care to help them withstand the heavy traffic they receive. One way to extend the life of these high-traffic areas is to add a rug. If you already have a rug, be sure to rotate it regularly to spread the wear evenly. 

If a rug isn’t an option, be sure to vacuum these areas regularly. We also offer a carpet protectant which adds a protective coating to your carpet, helping it withstand the stains that high traffic areas are more likely to see. 

Scrubbing At Spots And Stains

When a spill happens on your carpet, your first instinct might be to grab a towel and start scrubbing. However, aggressive scrubbing often just makes the stain worse by rubbing it in and spreading it further. A better approach is to gently dab at the stain to soak up the liquid. Make sure to use a white rag, as colored towels or patterned paper towels can sometimes transfer dye to the carpet, making the problem worse.

If gentle blotting doesn’t do the trick, your safest bet is to reach out to professional carpet cleaners in San Rafael, such as Clean Living Chem-Dry. We’ve seen DIY stain removal attempts go wrong too many times, resulting in damaged carpets and even tougher stains. It’s something best left to the professionals if you want your carpet to look its best.

Forgoing Professional Cleanings

You might think that by vacuuming regularly and swiftly tackling spills, you’re providing your carpet with all the care it needs. However, your vacuum can only reach the surface layer of your carpet. Over time, the dirt and dust that manage to escape the suction will embed itself near the carpet backing, causing a matted texture, a lackluster appearance, and pesky traffic lines. The real superhero for diving deep into your carpet’s grime is a professional cleaning service. Even if your carpets seem clean, you’d be amazed at how much better they look and feel after a professional cleaning.


Are you making any of the above cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team in San Rafael can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. Give us a call at 415-897-5337 today to get started!

We also offer commercial cleaning in San Rafael for business owners. Call today to see how we can help clean your business space!