DIY Carpet Cleaning Tips to Avoid

Mar 12, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

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In today’s digital age, finding credible information online can be a challenge, especially for specific topics such as home maintenance. This is particularly evident in the realm of carpet cleaning, where a vast array of unverified tips and techniques are easily accessible. At North American Chem-Dry Sonoma, our seasoned carpet cleaning professionals in Sonoma County frequently encounter homeowners inquiring about unconventional methods discovered online. Unfortunately, we have also witnessed instances of irreversible carpet damage resulting from following inaccurate online recommendations.

To help you avoid similar pitfalls, our team has compiled a guide debunking some of the most common carpet care myths and misconceptions. This resource empowers you to make informed decisions and safeguard your valuable carpets.

Brightening Carpets With Salt

We’re not sure where this tip even comes from, but we’ve heard salt is supposed to brighten your carpet and make it appear cleaner. That’s not what happens when you pour salt into your carpets. For starters, salt on its own is not going to clean anything. Additionally, your home vacuum is unlikely to be able to remove all of the salt, so you’re leaving behind grit that creates friction between carpet fibers, contributing to wear and tear. 

For carpets showing signs of dullness or unsightly traffic patterns, consider professional deep carpet cleaning. This service, employing reliable and effective methods, restores the original vibrancy and beauty of your carpets, ensuring long-lasting results.

Clothes Steamers and Mops

You might be tempted to save money on carpet cleaning by steaming your carpets yourself with your clothes steamer or steam mop, but this is a terrible idea. These household machines aren’t designed to clean carpets. And, it’s important to note that steam cleaning isn’t even the ideal method for deep carpet cleaning. 

At Chem-Dry, we have developed a more effective process called Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) to get your carpet cleaner. Unlike steam cleaning, our techniques will not leave your carpets soaking wet, nor will they risk heating your carpets to inappropriately high temperatures–two problems that are associated with using any type of steamer on your carpet. 

Scrub Brushes

The first instinct may be to aggressively scrub dirty carpets, but such methods can have negative consequences. Carpet fibers, unlike hard surfaces like dishes, are densely woven and often delicate. Scrubbing can not only negatively impact the carpet’s texture and color, but also damage the fibers themselves, ultimately shortening their lifespan. Additionally, attempting to remove stains through forceful scrubbing can spread the stains, further exacerbating the issue.

At North American Chem-Dry Sonoma, we offer a different approach. Our professional carpet cleaning services, including our Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.®) and specialty stain removal options, utilize advanced methods that target stains and dirt at a molecular level. This gentle yet effective approach removes the issue without damaging your carpets, leaving them clean and healthy.


While vinegar is a popular natural cleaning agent in many household applications, it’s not recommended for deep carpet cleaning. Notably, its strong acidic properties can pose potential risks to your carpets. These risks include:

  • Unpleasant odor: The pungent smell of vinegar can be difficult to remove from carpets, creating an unwelcome and lingering fragrance in your home.
  • Color fading: The acidity of vinegar can contribute to the fading of carpet fibers, especially in delicate materials.
  • Fiber stiffness: Vinegar exposure can cause carpet fibers to become stiff and lose their soft texture.

Therefore, it’s essential to seek professional deep cleaning services that employ safe and effective methods designed specifically for carpets. This approach ensures optimal results without jeopardizing the appearance and longevity of your valuable floor coverings.

Choose Professional Deep Carpet Cleaning 

Our deep carpet cleaning services leverage the power of Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) to deliver exceptional results while preserving the integrity of your carpets. HCE utilizes a gentle effervescent action to effectively lift and remove deeply embedded dirt and soil, ensuring a thorough cleaning without harsh chemicals or excessive water. This innovative method avoids the pitfalls of traditional cleaning.

Opting for professional carpet cleaning yields a multitude of benefits. First, our HCE process utilizes carbonation for a gentle yet powerful clean, ensuring carpets dry within hours and minimizing disruption to your daily life. Second, unlike DIY methods that can leave behind unpleasant odors, HCE effectively removes the source of these odors, leaving your carpets fresh and sanitized. Finally, professional cleaning not only extends the lifespan of your carpets but also promotes a healthier indoor environment by removing allergens, dust mites, and other contaminants that can aggravate respiratory issues.

Contact North American Chem-Dry at (707) 938-9614 to schedule your Sonoma County carpet cleaning consultation. Our team is happy to answer your questions and discuss your specific needs.

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