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7 Signs You May Need a Pro Carpet Cleaning

It’s likely time for a professional carpet cleaning if you notice any of these signs of a dirty carpet.

It's important to remember that carpeting is designed to act as your home’s biggest air filter. But unlike air filters, carpet is designed to not show dirt. So, carpet can look clean even when it’s very dirty.

Your carpet will trap dust and pollen and other airborne pollutants, so these particles will remain out of your “breathing zone”.

When you vacuum, you are removing a lot of the pollutants from the upper surface of your carpeting.

But other particles that are oily or sticky can’t be removed by vacuuming.

Therefore, a periodic deep cleaning is required from time to time. Deep carpet cleaning is similar to getting a new “air filter.”

Flawless uses professional equipment and techniques to remove all kinds of grime and oily residues and stains from your carpet.

It also uses powerful suction to extract water and any cleaning solvents used in the process, leaving your carpet clean and free from soil-attracting residues.

Rental machines and machines you buy at the store are far less powerful than professional equipment. It is more likely to leave residues and water behind. These machines are just not very powerful. This lingering residue then traps dirt particles, making your carpet become dirty again, faster.

The professional process is far more complete, and will leave your carpet with a far shorter drying time.

Wet carpets can lead to mildew, mold, and fast resoiling.

So how do you know it’s time for a professional carpet cleaning?

Consider these eight signs:

You Don't Remember the last time you had your carpets cleaned.

If you can’t remember the last time you had your carpet deeply cleaned by a pro, you’re likely overdue for a recommended cleaning.

A majority of carpet manufacturers recommend having your carpets cleaned by a professional every 6-18 months depending on your lifestyle and household situation. For example, if you have pets or kids, they recommend that you have your carpets deep cleaned more often.

Flawless Cleaning Systems has the equipment and decades of expertise. We’ll do the job correctly the first time for a deep and long-lasting clean.

Your Carpet’s Color is Beginning to Change or look Dingy

If your carpet is beginning to look flat, dingy, or discolored (usually darker), then it really is due for a deep cleaning. Your “air filter” is saturated and ineffective at this point.

Flawless will use powerful truck-mounted equipment with high water temperatures and professional cleaning agents to make your carpet look plush and clean, and it will return to its original color when it was new. You’ll love it.

Your Carpet has Stains that You Can't Remove

Crumbs, spills, and muddy paws will leave a mark on your carpets. I always recommend that you handle spills and stains as soon as you possibly can, because the longer you wait, the more the stain has a chance to set,  and possibly permanently damage your carpet fibers and its color.

However, you may be amazed at the results I can get removing stains with expert techniques and equipment, plus some pro-strength stain remover. With that said, there are some stains that are far more difficult to remove – but please don’t give up. Let’s see what we can do about them.

You might be able to overlook a few small stains, but if you’re noticing that your carpet is looking more heavily stained, it’s time for a professional cleaning.

Again, a professional can help remove all those built-up stains and restore your carpet to help protect it from future damage.

Is your carpet beginning to make your home smell bad?

Carpet fibers can hold onto odors. Vacuuming or using home remedies like baking soda on your carpet can mask or even temporarily dissipate the odor, but lingering scents from things like pet urine, smoke, and even every-day oily residues from sweat, candles, shoes, airborne particles from cooking, and more … require a deeper professional cleaning about once a year.

A lingering smell might be a sign that some pollutant has penetrated deep into your carpet’s fibers. The powerful, truck-mounted, steam-powered extraction equipment that I use can remove the causes of these odors.

A lingering nasty smell you can’t seem to get rid of is the perfect reason for hiring a professional cleaner. If you’ve identified the source and cleaned it as best you can and it still stinks, it’s definitely time to get help.

Allergy Symptoms are Getting Worse in Your Home

If you, your family members, or your employees have been experiencing worsening allergy symptoms, it might be time to consider getting your carpets cleaned.

Remember, clean carpets act as air filters, and can trap pollen and other allergens – keeping them out of the breathing space. But if your filter is clogged (meaning your carpets are dirty), you may notice that your allergies feel much worse. Even just walking across a polluted carpet can release allergens  into the air, so it’s important to stay on top of your cleaning routine, and please hire a professional to clean your carpets at regular intervals.

Remember: your HVAC’s air filters are designed to show you how dirty they are. But carpeting is designed to always look decent even when it’s full of dust, debris, and dirt.

Don’t wait until you notice that your allergies feel much worse. Have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly!

Your Carpet is Flat and Matted Down

If you notice that your carpets look flat and the fibers are matted, especially around high-traffic paths in your home, then our professional cleaning service will definitely restore a nice plush feeling under your feet as your carpet is fluffed up – and it will make the entire carpet look and feel like new again.

Your Carpet Feels Sticky or Gritty or Oily

If you run your hand across your carpet, or walk across it with bare feet, do you notice it feeling a little rough, sticky, and maybe even a little oily?

Dirty carpets feel rougher than they should.

Remember how soft your carpets felt when they were new, or right after it was professionally cleaned last.

Also, if you rub your hand across the carpet, and you feel grit or other particles, you might be damaging carpet fibers with every step you take. The grit is actually making microscopic cuts on the fibers that accumulate over time to cause permanent damage.

While a regular schedule of vacuuming removes dry dust and dirt from the surface, professional cleaning is designed to completely and deeply extract what regular vacuuming cannot.


Soft surfaces like carpets and upholstery are among the most challenging things to clean in your home. This is why we feel that professional carpet and upholstery cleaners are always worth the small annual investment to keep them clean – to “change the filter” in your home.

It will improve the look of your entire home.

It will improve the the healthfulness of your home with improved air quality

It will help your carpets last much longer without needing to replace them prematurely.

Professional carpet cleaning revives the fibers significantly.

Call us today to make an appointment. We’ll be happy to answer any questions as well. See you soon!

To your clean and healthy home!

~ Raymond Romero, owner
Flawless Cleaning Systems
Salinas, Monterey, Carmel, Gilroy CA

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