Many people are under the impression that getting something truly clean means it not only looks clean, but it also has to smell clean and nowhere is that truer than for the carpets and rugs in your home. Decades ago, scented carpet powders were invented and came onto the home-cleaning scene, promising ways to deodorize your carpet and leave it smelling fresh. In reality, many carpet powders simply deposit fragrance and don’t actually get your carpets any cleaner. It’s a myth that just because your carpet smells clean, doesn’t mean it’s actually clean! In fact, the scented powder can create the same friction on your carpet fibers as dirt, wearing down the yarn of your carpet!
And an even worse is that some of these powders can create problems not only for your carpets and rugs but for those people in your household who are sensitive to chemicals and fragrances. If that weren’t bad enough, carpet powders can also damage your vacuum cleaner itself, causing its lifespan to decrease. So maybe it’s time you ditched the carpet powders altogether and considered getting a better quality vacuum cleaner that’s capable of properly lifting out the dust, dirt, grime and pet hair that creates bad carpet odors in the first place!
One of the biggest issues with using a carpet powder is it can clog different parts of your vacuum cleaner. The particles of the powder have a similar makeup as dust or dirt particles and can clog your vacuum’s filters and bags. When the bags and filters are clogged with powder you are having to change them much more often (which can get expensive and tedious) if you want to properly maintain your machine and also keep the suction.
Vacuum bags and filters are pretty easy to replace, other mechanisms – like the belt and motor – are not so easy or cheap to replace. If used frequently, carpet powders can begin to build up as residue on vacuum belts and cause them to slip. The powder can also clog a vacuum’s cooling filters around the motor, which can make your machine overheat. Those powder granules are gritty, and in addition to wearing down your carpet fibers, they can also grind down motor axles and gunk up the motor bearings.
The chemicals and fragrances used in certain types of carpet powders can also be irritating to humans and pets alike. For people with asthma or sensitivities related to allergies, the use of carpet powders can trigger an attack or rash. This extends to Fido as well, as many of our four-legged friends can have some of the same sensitivities as their human companions!
In truth, carpet powders are really just covering up the problem with fragrances. If the sources responsible for creating the stale odors – ground-in dirt, dander, pet hair, dust, and absorbed odors – aren’t removed properly, the problem will continue.
So ditch those false powders! When you invest in a quality machine that does a superior job of removing dirt and contaminants from the surfaces of your home, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes not only in the smell and appearance of your carpet but of your entire household, including the overall indoor air quality. And who doesn’t want that?