Excuses for Not Cleaning
It Doesn’t Look Dirty
Review our section called Cleaning 101 where we discuss the effect of soil on carpet, rugs, upholstery, and tile and grout. You’ll learn there that if you wait until something looks dirty, you may be too late.
Cleaning Begins Carpet Deterioration
You are partially right. If someone is not properly trained, they can most certainly cause the condition of your carpet, rugs, and upholstery to deteriorate. Using the wrong chemicals and methods can leave soil attracting chemical residue in your carpet, rugs, and upholstery, causing rapid re-soiling. It can also strip the stain protection out of your carpet, rugs, and upholstery, making it more vulnerable to re-soiling and permanent stains. An improperly trained cleaner who applies any type of protector to your new carpet has most likely voided your warranty. Please note: I said improperly trained people, including homeowners. How do you know if someone has been properly trained? We’ll get to that on anther page, or you can click here.
Bad Cleaning Experience
Unfortunately, as in any other industry, there are untrained and sometimes unscrupulous people out there masquerading themselves as carpet cleaners, rug cleaners, and upholstery cleaners. For those of us who are properly trained and know what we are doing, we call them carpet washers (you can wash something and not get it clean), splash and dashers, super soakers, etc. If your carpet re-soiled rapidly after it was washed by one of these people, or if they left it soaking wet, and it took two or three days to dry, you had a bad experience. As you are learning though, that wasn’t how the work should have been performed.
It’s Too Expensive
How much did you pay for your carpet? I’m sure it wasn’t cheap. If you could make your carpet investment last longer, wouldn’t you be wise to do that? After all, you get what you pay for. If you invest in carpet, but don’t maintain it, it will not serve you as long as if you had maintained it properly.