4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Jan 4, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

Carpet cleaning with brush and detergent foam.

As professional carpet cleaners in Rochester, we have seen a lot of carpets. Unfortunately, that means we’ve also seen our fair share of carpet-cleaning mistakes too. Here are some of the most common mistakes we’ve seen homeowners make so you can avoid them. 

Not vacuuming often enough.

You’re likely aware that regular vacuuming is crucial for a clean home, but do you know why and how often you should do it?

Vacuuming removes dirt and grime from your carpets, preventing wear and damage to the fibers if left too long. Carpets act as filters, trapping dirt and dust and preventing them from circulating in your home. However, when carpets become too full of dirt, they can’t effectively trap it, potentially worsening indoor air quality.

We recommend vacuuming all your carpets at least once a week. If you have pets, children, or often wear shoes inside, consider vacuuming 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. Adding a rug is one way to extend the life of these high-traffic areas. 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 you spill something on your carpet, your instinct is probably to grab a towel and start scrubbing. However, aggressively scrubbing a spill will usually just rub the stain in and spread it further. What you want to do instead is gently dab at stains to remove the liquid. Be sure to use a white rag, as colored towels or patterned paper towels can sometimes transfer dye to the carpet, making the issue worse. 

If you cannot remove the stain with gentle blotting, your safest course of action is to call professional carpet cleaners in Rochester. We have seen DIY stain removal methods go wrong way too often, resulting in carpet damage and worse stains. This is something to leave to the professionals if you want your carpet to look nice. 

Forgoing Professional Cleanings

You might think that regular vacuuming and prompt spill cleanup are sufficient for caring for your carpet. However, it’s important to note that your vacuum only addresses the surface layer of your carpet. As time goes on, dirt and dust that escape the suction action can become lodged near the carpet backing, leading to a matted texture, a lackluster appearance, and the formation of traffic lines. To remove this deep-seated grime from your carpets, a professional cleaning service is necessary. Even if your carpets appear clean, you’ll be amazed at the significant improvement in their look and feel after a thorough cleaning.


Are you making any of the above cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team in Rochester can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. Give us a call at (585) 458-5797 today to get started!