What You Need to Know About Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Helpful home advice from Rezults Carpet Cleaning in Charlotte, NC

You’ve spent thousands of dollars on your home's carpets. They may look clean. You might even vacuum them every day, but you won't be able to remove all the fine dirt, pollen, bacteria, dust mite waste and spores that settle down in the fibers. This dirt is a feast for dust mites, wearing away at the fibers of your carpet.

To protect your investment, steam cleaning your carpets every 12 to 18 months is recommended (depending on the color of the carpet and the amount of foot traffic in your home).

Steam cleaning, or "hot water extraction," is the cleaning method nearly all carpet manufacturers and carpet fiber producers recommend. This process involves warm detergent first being sprayed on spots and spills and then injected into the pile with a high-pressure jet spray. A vacuum then sucks up the water and dirt. This is the only method classified as "deep cleaning.”

Tips for post-carpet cleaning

Tips for post-carpet cleaning

  • Take care when walking from a damp carpet to a hard surface. It’s recommended that you place a mat to dry feet in any potential hazard areas, and that persons entering these areas take extra care.
  • Avoid wearing outdoor footwear on freshly cleaned carpeting until areas are fully dry.
  • Assist drying by keeping rooms as warm as possible and providing adequate ventilation. In the warmer months, keep doors and windows open to create air movement over the cleaned items, as this will greatly improve drying times. Running an air conditioner will also help.
  • Items or furnishings must not be replaced back onto freshly cleaned carpet without protector pads unless the carpet is absolutely dry. Protector pads prevent loose wood dye or rust from staining the carpeting. We provide protector pads for this purpose.
  • Wall units, wardrobes, cabinets, etc. are flat-based and must not be replaced until the carpets are absolutely dry. Furniture and other units could seal in moisture, causing mold mildew and associated problems.

Tips for post-upholstery cleaning

Tips for post-upholstery cleaning

  • Do not place freshly cleaned cushions directly against radiators or other heat sources, as this can permanently heat set marks into certain susceptible fabrics.
  • Upholstery loose cushions must be allowed to dry fully before being replaced back on to the frame of the suite. We recommend that the zip ends of the cushions are placed to the floor, and that the cushions are rested against one another to allow air circulation on both sides. Cushions should be moved at intervals to allow air circulation to ALL parts.
  • Some upholstery linings and information tags can contain extremely loose dyes, which is another good reason to keep the cushions off the frame until they are fully dry.
  • Drying times for both carpets and upholstery often vary depending on many different factors, i.e. type of fiber content, pile density, degree of soiling, room temperature and air circulation/ventilation and the type of cleaning process utilized. The operator will be able to provide better advice about the items and environmental conditions.


For more tips to ensure the quality of your carpet or upholstery cleaning service in Charlotte, NC, spark up a conversation with the specialist at Rezults Carpet Cleaning today.