Carpet cleaning is a great option to get your home looking great before you know it. If you have any questions about how best to do this, contact an Orlando carpet cleaning specialist for more information. There are a lot of myths surrounding carpet cleaning, and today we are here to dispel them. Read on to find out more. Myth #1: You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet This is not true. Dirt is as abrasive as sandpaper. Every time you step on the carpet, you grind dirt into your carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet just as if you had used a knife, causing it to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last nearly as long as a clean carpet. And while vacuuming helps by itself, it’s simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out. Myth #2: The only reason to clean carpets is to get out the dirt As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, bacteria, air polution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and hundreds of other chemicals. When you and your family members come into your home you carry those pollens, bacteria, and other chemicals in your hair, on your skin, your clothing and shoes. Not surprisingly, all those chemicals wind up in your carpet because of gravity. If you have allergies, asthma, or other breathing problems, one major problem could be the chemicals caught in your carpet. If you are sensitive to cigarette smoke, you might also find that you’ll breath easier after you hire a company to get those harmful chemicals out of the carpet. So, in addition to getting rid of dirt, another important reason to clean your carpet is to rid it of tobacco smoke residue. Many harmful chemicals that cause cancer are in tobacco, so it’s important to rid your home of these chemicals as quickly as possible. Myth #3: Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly Many companies own hot-water cleaners but a large number of employees don’t know how to use them. You probably know someone who bought the newest computer on the market, but didn’t learn how to use it for a year or more. The same is true with carpet cleaning machines. The company may own good equipment, but the employees may not know how to use it correctly. This is why it’s important that you choose your carpet-cleaning technician carefully. The best carpet cleaning companies are those that have been certified by the institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration certification, known as the IICRC. A carpet cleaning comapny cannot buy this certification. The carpet cleaner must earn it through study and experience and the completion of formal examinations. Cleaners who are certified by the IICRC have earned a degree in carpet cleaning. If you understand these myths about carpet cleaning, you will be able to get the best technician possible and your carpets will be as good as new! Contact us today.