Occasionally, we have found that a customer has put of getting their carpets cleaned because they have thought that carpets get dirty more quickly after cleaning.
Some people think that this may just be an urban myth.
Generally, carpet is cleaned correctly and this is not the case but if the carpet is not cleaned correctly to start off with, quick resoiling can appear to be true.
If the carpet is not cleaned correctly, it can again become dirty quite quickly. These are the main factors that can contribute to this.
Failure to Vacuum Before the Carpet Steam Cleaning
Vacuuming loose particles before steam cleaning is very important. If these loose particles (dry soil) are not removed, they can wick back up to the surface when the carpet dries. This will give the appearance of the carpet becoming dirty again when the carpet dries.
Using the Cleaning Solution While Steam Cleaning
Some detergents do not remove oily residues from the carpet. The cleaning can remove other dirt that has stuck to the oil making it look clean but with the sticky oil still there, new dust and other soils stick to the oil quickly and it looks like the marks return. It is important that the correct detergent is used to remove the oils as well as other soils.
Not pre-spraying the detergent
To save time, some carpet cleaners put the detergent into the cleaning solution being used. This leaves a lot of the detergent on the carpet after the cleaning has been done. As a result the carpet is sticky and attracts dust and other particles allowing the carpet to become dirty quickly after cleaning. For this reason, we always pre-spray the detergent before cleaning. In addition to not leaving a sticky residue, it also gives time for the detergent to work before the steam cleaning starts.
Failure to Rinse
In trying to do the carpet cleaning quickly, some carpet cleaners do not rinse the carpet enough and in so doing, leave a sticky residue on the carpet which attracts dirt which sicks to carpet making it look like the carpet has not been cleaned after a relatively short about of time.
Too Much Water on Lighter Carpet
Almost all carpet has a jute backing which reacts with water. This jute is brown in colour and so if too much water is used or the carpet cleaning equipment is not set to the the correct pressure, water goes into the jute backing and then as the water evaporates, brown colour can wick to the ends of the carpet yarns. This is called browning and can take quite a bit of effort to remove at a later date.
These errors in the carpet cleaning process often occur when those doing the carpet cleaning are not properly trained in what they are doing or they are trying to cut corners to get the work done as quickly as possible.
It is always important to take these points into consideration when looking to get your carpets cleaned.
If you need your carpets cleaned correctly, call us on 1800 778 104 for more information or to book.