If it has been a while since your carpet has been cleaned, you are likely tempted to pick up a few cleaning products from the local store and get right to it. This might seem like a cheap solution yet it has the potential to lead to even more problems. There is a chance a DIY (do it yourself) attempt to clean your carpet will make the damage that much worse.
In some cases, people end up over-wetting a carpet with a carpet cleaner. In other situations, people apply the wrong type of carpet cleaner. If you are not careful, you will end up with a carpet repair project when all you desired was a thorough clean.
Avoid Over the Counter Carpet Cleaners
People who choose carpet cleaning products available at the local store almost always end up paying the price. Not only are store-bought products less effective, but they also take more time to have any effect at all. Even if the carpet cleaner works, it will almost surely leave a residue on the carpet. This residue will attract dust and soil sooner or later, leaving an unsightly spot.
The problem with these alleged cleaners is they cannot properly wash away all the soap. The soap remains on the carpet and naturally attracts soil. Do not let this happen to your carpet. Our carpet cleaning team is here to ensure your carpet goes through a thorough clean without sustaining damage.
An Attempt to Self-clean can Alter the Carpet’s Appearance
People who attempt self-cleaning their carpet end up changing the carpet’s appearance. The use of a colored towel or even a colored rag can cause the color to bleed right on into the fibers of the carpet. This process is known as a color transfer. It is especially obvious when a powerful color, such as bright red, transfers to a carpet with a light hue.
DIY Carpet Cleans Often Spread the Spill/Soil
It is difficult for our carpet cleaning team to find carpet spills and stains that get worse after an attempt at a self-clean. Plenty of homeowners make the mistake of rubbing rather than blotting. Do not attempt to scrub your carpet. If you scrub the carpet’s fibers, the spill and/or soil will simply move around and make a much larger mess.
The Common Mistake of Over-wetting the Carpet
If you were to poll those who attempted a self-clean of their carpet, many would admit they are guilty of over-shampooing or over-wetting the carpet. Some failed to protect the wet carpet against threats including furniture, pets, kids etc. It is awfully easy to use too much shampoo or fail to thoroughly rinse the carpet. This is precisely why it is best to lean on the professionals to ensure the proper level of moisture is applied throughout the cleaning process.
Time is of the Essence
The top threat to your carpet is allowing a spill or stains enough time to set. The worst case scenario is a spill of grape juice or wine on a white/beige carpet that ends up dry. If the stain dries and seeps deep on down into the fabric of the carpet, it will prove difficult to remove. Some stains that dry end up eating away at the fibers of the carpet.
Thus, it is important to tend to the situation sooner rather than later. It will certainly help to soak up the liquid with paper towels and/or cloths before our carpet cleaning gurus and flood restoration specialists can arrive.
Why a Professional Carpet Cleaning Service is Necessary
Carpet cleaning is more challenging than it might initially seem on the surface. Some stains just seem to refuse to disappear. In general, a thorough vacuuming will remove around 80 percent of the total dirt. However, bacteria live in the fabric of the carpet. If a stain is added, the damage could end up proving quite difficult to remove.
You need a crew of carpet cleaning professionals to handle this delicate situation. A carpet cleaning service will get out those stains, no matter how difficult they are and make your living space presentable. For the most part, the average carpet needs a cleaning about once per year. Do not go any longer than a year and a half without investing in a carpet cleaning.
Even a carpet that the homeowner vacuums on a regular basis needs a professional cleaning at least every year and a half. Our professional carpet cleaning will beautify your carpet, improve air quality, reduce allergies and ultimately extend the lifespan of your home’s carpeting.
Call us today at (949) 229-4030 and schedule a consultation to determine which carpet service is right for you.