Here’s something about carpet soiling you probably didn’t know. Let’s examine the REAL reasons why carpet gets so dirty. This is the stuff you never hear a carpet cleaner or carpet salesman say.
First, it’s important to remember carpet is a fabric. It’s probably the most miraculous fabric commonly used by man. I mean, you walk on it every day and it holds up for years, right? If it were any other fabric, like bed sheets, what would carpet look like after it was walked on for six months? When you think of carpet in these terms, it is indeed a miraculous fiber. But just remember that it is a fabric.
Like the sheets on your bed, carpet needs regular cleaning simply from a health standpoint. Even the U.S. EPA (Environment Protection Agency) recommends that homes with carpet have cleaning done at least every 1 – 2 years just to maintain a healthy indoor environment. Carpet manufacturers recommend professional cleaning every 1 -2 years as well even if the carpet doesn’t appear dirty. Carpet has the ability to look clean but hold up to 10 lbs of dry soil in a one square foot area.
In fact, the BEST time to clean a carpet is before it appears too soiled. You don’t wash the sheets on your bed only when they look really dirty. You clean them because you know they should be cleaned regularly. With carpet (and any other fabric), if you wait until the fabric appears very soiled, cleaning will help. But there could be some residual staining. Furthermore, it may need two cleanings to get it back to a healthy state.
Won’t carpet get dirty quicker after it’s cleaned?
Some people think this way. It can be true. The fact of the matter is that it will get dirty quicker if it’s improperly cleaned. Have you ever heard someone say, “After my carpet was cleaned, it just seemed to get dirty again really fast”? This is true if your carpet was cleaned with too much detergent or the wrong detergent. As well, cleaning your carpet with a machine without thorough rinsing and extraction capabilities will leave residue behind that makes it get dirty quick.
Another common problem is getting your carpet cleaned with the wrong method of cleaning. Carpet manufacturers recommend that carpet be cleaned with truck mounted hot water extraction (aka steam cleaning) whenever possible. Many dry cleaning methods don’t rinse carpet and can cause residue problems later down the road.
And yet another problem with waiting too long to have your carpet cleaned is that soil builds up. Cleaning can remove much of the soil. But if the carpet is excessively soiled, some of the deep down soil may rise up to the top and require a second cleaning to get the appearance up to par.
So why else does carpet get so dirty?
Every time you walk inside, your shoes track in everything you’ve walked on. Oil from the driveway, fertilizer from the lawn, pollen in the grass, and everything you step upon gets tracked in on your carpet. Furthermore, every time you cook in your kitchen, oils get airborne that eventually land in your carpet. If your house is anything like mine, drinks and food sometimes gets spilled causing grease and worse…a bacteria hazard. Gravity pulls all of this down to your carpet.
So as you can see, even if your carpet “looks” clean, it may not be clean. Regular, professional cleaning is necessary to keep your carpet looking its best and lasting the longest. And perhaps most important, regular cleaning promotes a healthier home.