One week after your carpets have been cleaned they should still look, feel and smell absolutely brilliant. They should be soft, dry, and free of stains. You should still be basking in the glow of their new clean.
It’s important to inspect your carpet a week after it’s been cleaned. You should walk through the cleaned areas of your home, paying particular attention to areas where your cleaner removed stains. It is possible for stains to reappear. If stains do reappear, they usually do so within a few days. So, a week after your cleaning is the perfect time to evaluate the effectiveness of the stain removal process that your carpet cleaner utilized.
There are two reasons why some stains can reappear.
The first reason is improper cleaning.
If the areas affected are not properly rinsed and extracted after the use of a staining solution, the area can end up attracting future stains more easily. The spot that was cleaned with a spotting solution can end up becoming a ‘dirt magnet’ and attract new soiling faster due to improper rinsing. This can be alleviated by adequate rinsing by your technician. Complete removal of the spotting solution by rinsing is necessary to avoid a ‘dirt magnet’.
The second reason is that some stains are deeply embedded in your carpet.
It’s possible for some stains, especially liquids, to seep all the way through your carpet into the backing and the padding under the carpet. Even though your carpet cleaner treated the stains and cleaned your carpet, the stains can re-appear because the carpet backing and padding was not cleaned. Your professional carpet cleaner has access to special cleaning solutions and a unique subsurface tool that can help treat penetrated stains, such as pet urine.
It is important, during the post-cleaning walkthrough, that your carpet cleaner points out any stains that may remain. Some stains just cannot be removed. The length of time the stain has been on the carpet, the staining material, and the possible loss of the carpet dye all impact whether or not a professional cleaner can remove a stain. Stains that cannot be removed are known as permanent stains. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that anyone, even the best cleaners in the world, can do about these types of stains. Your carpet cleaner can help you determine whether a stain is permanent or treatable.
If you have any questions or concerns about your carpets, you should call your carpet cleaner right away. They were just at your house a week ago. They will remember it well. And, if they guarantee their work, which they should, they should address any concerns that you have. They want you to be happy with their work and with your carpets.
Now that you’ve completed your week one inspection, it’s a perfect time to start maintaining your beautiful, fresh carpeting. The #1 thing that you can do to maintain the beauty and health of your carpets in between hot water extraction cleanings is to vacuum them regularly.
One week after your cleaning is a good time for your first routine vacuum. After this first vacuuming, you should vacuum high traffic areas of your home at least twice a week and low traffic areas at least once per week. Vacuuming helps to remove dry soils, which can get embedded in your carpet. Dry soils contribute to abrasion and distortion of the carpet, leading to permanent damage over time. Dry vacuuming removes up to 75% of the soils in carpeting. Therefore, it’s an important and relatively easy way for homeowners to maintain the integrity of their carpeting.
Now that you’ve had a week to enjoy your fresh, clean carpets all to yourself, you should consider inviting friends and family over so you can show them off! Just make sure nobody wears muddy shoes!