4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Jan 5, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

hands scrubbing rug with brush

As professional carpet cleaners on Oahu, we have seen a lot of carpets. Unfortunately, that means we’ve seen our fair share of carpet mistakes too. Here are the top four mistakes that we see homeowners on Oahu make so you can avoid them. 

Not vacuuming often enough.

Regular vacuuming is a key part of maintaining a clean home, but have you ever wondered why it’s so crucial and how often you should do it?

When you vacuum your carpets, you’re not just removing dirt and grime; you’re also preventing potential damage to your carpet fibers. Over time, accumulated dirt can wear them down. Additionally, carpets act as filters, trapping airborne dirt and dust. However, when carpets become too full, they lose their effectiveness in trapping dirt and may even contribute to worsened indoor air quality.

For optimal carpet care, we recommend vacuuming all carpets in your home at least once a week. If you have pets, children, or frequently wear shoes indoors, more frequent vacuuming may be necessary to ensure your carpets stay clean and your indoor air quality remains at its best.

Not Giving High-traffic Areas Adequate Protection

Consider your daily movements around your home. Undoubtedly, certain areas, like hallways, the entryway, and spaces in front of furniture, endure more foot traffic than others. It’s crucial to give these high-traffic zones special attention to ensure their durability. One effective strategy to prolong the life of these areas is by incorporating a rug. If you already have one, make it a practice to regularly rotate it to distribute wear evenly.

If a rug isn’t a viable option, consistent vacuuming of these areas is essential. Additionally, we provide a carpet protectant that applies a protective coating, enhancing your carpet’s ability to resist stains common in high-traffic areas. This extra layer of defense is particularly valuable for maintaining the pristine appearance of your carpet over time.

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 in carpet 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 colors 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 Oahu, like Malama ‘Aina Chem-Dry. 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 believe that regular vacuuming and promptly addressing spills are sufficient to care for your carpet. However, it’s important to recognize that your vacuum can only access the surface layer of your carpet. As time passes, dirt and dust that evade the suction action tend to embed themselves close to the carpet backing, leading to a matted texture, lackluster appearance, and visible traffic lines. To effectively remove this deep-seated grime, the expertise of a professional cleaning service is essential. Even if your carpets appear clean, a thorough cleaning can significantly enhance both their appearance and texture, leaving them looking and feeling remarkably revitalized.


Are you making any of the above cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team on Oahu can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. Give us a call at (808) 371-8874 today to get started!

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Waipahu, HI 96797

Phone: (808) 371-8874

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*Based on results of studies conducted by independent laboratories of the Chem-Dry HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction) and P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment). Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite matter. Pet odor results based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Figures are an average across multiple tests.