Common Carpet Cleaning Issues

Some issues compromise the carpet cleaning outcome. The job is not always a simple and straightforward affair. Consumers need to be aware of the problems and know how to deal with them when they arise. Professional carpet cleaners can help with the issues or avoid them altogether.

Too Much Water

Using too much water is the most common carpet cleaning problem. The person cleaning a carpet applies more water than can be recovered by the machine. When the carpet dries, the dirty water and excess detergent leave residue that remains on the carpet and attract more soil and grit.

The benefit of cleaning the carpet are negated. Wicking is also an issue. Soil dissolves in the water and is left on the carpet as it dries. The dirt that remains and is visible and compromises the look of the carpet. The result is far from desirable.


Another common issue is rippling. It happens when poor installation stretches the carpet. Rippling can also occur during cleaning. The possibility of ripples occurring is a good reason to hire an experienced carpet cleaner. 

The technician undertakes the cleaning and mitigates the likelihood of rippling. Wall-to-wall carpets lose elasticity as they age. If old carpets still clean well, replacing may not be an economical solution. If the carpet is old or the area is large, consult a professional with the tools and experience to protect the fibers of the carpet.

Carpets Turning Brown

Browning is not to be confused with wicking or yellowing. Cellulose fibers increase the likelihood of a carpet turning brown. Several factors have to be present for browning to occur. They are moisture, slow drying, and cellulose fiber.

Shampoo residue or a high pH can also contribute to browning. Cellulose fibers are found in all rug backings and jute carpet. The drying time needed after carpet cleaning depends on humidity. During the summer and rainy periods, the air contains excess moisture.

It makes evaporation of the moisture in the carpet more difficult. Professional carpet cleaners can often remove browning that develops after cleaning carpets. If advanced cellulose fiber degradation exists or carpets have cotton, sisal, or wool fibers, the discoloration may not be removed entirely.

Stains from Furniture

 Furniture stains are avoided by placing protection such as clear plastic tabs on carpets where furniture makes contact. It protects the carpet when it has been freshly cleaned. The transfer of dyes from the bottom of wood furniture causes the stains when the furniture comes in contact with a carpet.

Most often the stains are due to excess moisture. Sometimes, large furniture such as entertainment sets, vanities, or china cabinets being moved across the carpet surface results in a stain transfer. They can also occur by animal urine or customer-associated spills near the base or legs of furniture.

Knowledge of furniture finishes is needed to understand the phenomenon. A carpet cleaning technician determines the success in removing the stain by the carpet fiber type, carpet dye color, and kind of furniture stain. Notifying a technician as soon as possible expedites the process and prevents further damage.