The rules of carpet care are pretty basic and the internet has made it relatively easy to keep your carpet as clean as possible. There are a lot of how-to articles and video tutorials posted on the internet, but there are far less information on how to prevent carpet cleaning mistakes. These mistakes, no matter how small, can lead to permanent damage.

Here are some things you want to avoid when it comes to carpet care.

Not acting quickly

The longer you wait to remove a stain, the tougher it will be to remove it. If you wait long enough, that red wine will be absorbed by the carpet fibers. Once the damage is done, you’ll have little hope of removing it completely.

Using too much water

Using too much water will only make things worse. It can be more difficult to pick up excess water even with a steam cleaner. Remember, molds may start to grow in as little as 24 hours.

Scrubbing too vigorously

This is one of the biggest mistakes people make. They think the harder they scrub, the better the stain will disappear. However, vigorous scrubbing can lead to damage. The smarter way of removing a stain is to scrape whatever you can with a spoon, then blot the area with a paper towel or a clean cloth until dry.

Not testing cleaning products first

You should always do a patch test first before using a new cleaning product to determine how the chemical will react to your carpet. The last thing you want is a stain developing from one of the cleaning products you used. To make sure it won’t damage the carpet’s fibers, we advise that you try it out first on a hidden area.

Using the wrong product

Some cleaning products contain chemicals and formulas that may be too harsh for the carpet fibers. This can lead to discoloration or even permanent damage.