Let’s face it, carpeting is expensive and it can be tough to keep clean. That can lead homeowners to get a little too devoted to making sure their carpet always looks and feels its best. But is there such a thing as “too much” cleaning and if so, can this pose substantial harm to your carpeting?
Well it depends on who you ask and the kind of carpet you’re dealing with in this case. Many homeowners will think about all of the time they spent with carpet selection and the money it cost to buy and install what they chose. So there’s a concern towards protecting that carpet from dirt and stains but, as with anything else, too much of something may not always be a good thing.
So for those of you who love their carpets but are worried about loving them to death, here are some things to consider from your friends at Chem-Dry of Richmond.
Too Much Vacuuming
Vacuum cleaners can have a wear and tear effect on the fibers of your carpet. Each time you run your vacuum over it, you are putting the surface of the carpet under some level of stress. However, this is fine to do once or twice a week, especially if you live in a household where the carpet routinely receives high levels of foot traffic.
But for those of you who are vacuuming every day, you should probably stop doing it. Running the business end of the vacuum cleaner over the fibers, regardless of whether they’re natural or synthetic, can put them under undue levels of repeated stress. Most of these machines have beater bars and brushes that can pull, yank, stretch, and ultimately weaken the fibers along the surface.
Proper Vacuuming Techniques
For those of you who prefer to spend a significant amount of time on vacuuming your carpets each week, you can take some steps to reduce the amount of stress and strain that moving a vacuum cleaner over your carpet can do to it.
For starters, check to see if your vacuum has a variety of height settings. Many of them do and when you change the height you can better preserve the fibers of the carpet. If your vacuum is set too low, the beater bar or brush can have a harsh impact on the carpeting surface. It may also damage the vacuum itself since neither the machine or the carpeting should undergo this type of stress.
Just be sure you’re not setting it too high either, otherwise you won’t actually bring anything up from the surface fibers of the material. Then why bother?
When to Vacuum
Carpets do not need to be vacuumed every day. They just don’t, because half the time you’re not really doing anything to eliminate dirt and grime since you haven’t given it enough time for any to end up in the carpet fibers.
So when is the best time to vacuum? You should do it about once or twice a week, with high traffic areas getting a little more attention on a regular basis. Anything more than that is excessive and you’re not really making much of a difference anyway.
Too Much Deep Cleaning
Much like with vacuuming, deep-cleaning your carpet can also have a wear and tear effect that could end up putting the fibers and other backing materials underneath under excessive amounts of stress. But when it comes to deep cleaning too much, you are running the risk of allowing too much moisture to get into the carpet and become trapped under the backing material and even the padding below.
When this happens, you run the risk of mold and mildew forming and this can be a very hazardous situation for you and your family. Inhaling mold spores can do serious damage to your health and if too much mold grows, you will need to rip the carpet up, remove it, and possibly replace it.
Some homeowners are also concerned about their carpet shrinking as a result of too much deep cleaning and while a carpet can shrink if it’s made of natural fibers, this typically happens due to the professional cleaning service you’ve chosen doing the work improperly. They used too much water in doing the job and have left too much of it behind after “completing” the work.
The bigger concern is allowing too much moisture to get trapped underneath and cause mold, you can worry less about shrinkage. Most of the carpets on the market today are made of synthetic fibers where shrinkage is less likely to occur.