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The Most Popular Carpet Cleaning Myths Debunked

We only believe in the things that we have been taught and trust the facts that we have been raised up with all our lives. Same applies to carpet cleaning and maintenance. There are certain myths that have gotten so popular that we just canít seem to get over them. It is time to start questioning the things and ideas that we have been handed down by our previous generations and by experiments gone awry or approved due to sheer luck.

1. Bleaches Are Not The Mightiest Cleaners
We all used to think that bleach was the ultimate cleaner. Bleach is something that can take out the most stubborn of stains and color from any surface. Thus a bleaching agent has got to be a strong cleaner. You could not be further from the truth because as we all know now that the real power of bleach isn't its cleaning ability but its ability to discolor the fabric or object. Yes, bleach is ideal for colorless or rather surfaces that are supposed to be white. So, to say that bleach is a cleaning agent is completely wrong.

2. Professional Carpet Cleaning Means Shrinkage
Your beautiful carpets and rugs are a huge investment and of course you would want them to last for as long as possible. You value them and that is what makes you skeptical of professional carpet cleaning companies in DC. No matter how hard you try or how careful you are, your carpets will get stained and dirty and thereís nothing you can do about it other than calling in the experts. We often do end up calling professional help and then after the cleaning procedure is complete we find ourselves standing with a measuring tape in our hand. No! Your carpets have not shrunk down and they probably never will unless you invested in a material that shrinks over time after cleaning. The reputed carpet cleaning companies in DC are thorough professionals and they know what they are doing.

3. Can Your Trusty Vinegar Clean Everything?
Well, letís just say that you canít just negate what all vinegar is capable of achieving when it comes to cleaning your carpets. Vinegar can actually clean nearly everything. It can be found in nearly every household in DC and is a very versatile cleaner. It is also very environmentally friendly but there are certain surfaces that shouldnít come in contact with this solution. It is after all acidic in nature and therefore if you are thinking that you would clean your silk carpets with it, youíre wrong. Well half wrong because just pure vinegar may damage its fibers. However, a solution of equal parts water and vinegar may be more useful.

4. Should I Rub The Carpet Surface Harder To Extract Oily Stains?

That is a big NO! Oily stains such as body oils, hair oils, body lotions, moisturizers and face creams are meant to be dealt with utmost care. These should never be pressed on or rubbed harder upon with any cloth or paper towel as the extra pressure will only push them further into the fabrics. Instead use a spatula or the blunt edge of a knife to pick up all the oily residue and blot the rest with paper towels.
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Thanks for the great blog! I just connected this conversation and found there are very exciting tips regarding carpet cleaning myths. Very good post and very well written as well. I loved how this editorial goes over all the myths that we all stand by so devotedly. Thanks for sharing this information. We also offer carpet cleaning. Keep sharing.

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As a provider of carpet cleaning services, I've learned few things about cleaning agents and prevalent concepts of carpet cleaning approaches. And I totally agree with your statements with respect to carpet cleaning myths.

Yes, bleach doesn't work for color based items and fades the color along with cleaning the stain and that is a big challenge for the cleaner. A wise approach is to blot the affected surface as quick as you spot the stain and prevent it from sticking to the carpet before you consider bleaching the area.
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