If you were to survey those who have attempted to clean their own rugs, a surprising number would report they made the mistake of either over-wetting or over-heating. Cleaning rugs without causing damage are more challenging than most assume. When in doubt, it is always best to lean on the stain removal professionals for an in-depth clean that prolongs the rug’s useful life.
The Common Problem of Over-wetting Carpets and Rugs
Over-wetting carpets occur when people use rental machines and other DIY methods. Even some novice carpet cleaners have made this mistake in the early days of their business. Those who clean carpets with sub-standard tools will also find over-wetting is a legitimate threat. The bottom line is you need a team of proven carpet cleaners on your side. Our experts use the proper carpet and rug cleaning methods to prevent over-wetting.
Over-wetting a carpet or rug is an issue for several reasons. For one, it takes an abundance of time for an overly-moist carpet to fully dry. People will not be able to traverse the carpet or rug while it is drying. This waiting period can make for quite the logistical challenge. Furthermore, if the carpet is overly wet, it will likely shrink. An excess of water or the use of a carpet cleaning machine that is not powerful enough or set up/operated correctly can easily lead to such excess moisture and consequential shrinkage. So do not assume any old machine or approach to carpet cleaning will suffice.
It is better to have our professionals analyze your unique carpet type, pinpoint risks and perform a clean that does not cause shrinkage. If sight shrinkage occurs, do not panic. There is a good chance that we can stretch the carpet right back into place. However, if over-wetting led to significant shrinkage, the sole option is to replace it. Do business with our trusted carpet cleaning company and you will not bear any of the risks. We are fully insured in case there is a problem such as a carpet shrinkage.
The Difference between Over-wetting and Over-shampooing
Over-wetting a carpet is not the same as over-shampooing it. Over-wetting occurs when an excess of water moves on down into the bottom portion of the carpet. If not tended to, overly-wet carpets will shrink and lift right up off the floor. If the pad and backing become wet, drying them will prove nearly impossible. Mildew and mold can subsequently form.
Alternatively, over-shampooing a carpet occurs when an excess of shampoo is used or when the carpet is not properly rinsed. It is quite common for either of these scenarios to occur in a DIY (do it yourself) approach to carpet cleaning. Even experienced carpet cleaners will find relying on a professional makes the job that much safer and more efficient.
If the build-up of residue laden with soap reaches a certain point, it will be impossible to fully clean. The end result is a carpet that basically serves as a magnet for dirt. Our odor removal rug cleaning crew can help prevent this outcome.
Wet Rugs and Carpets Smell Terrible
A carpet or rug that is excessively wet will stay damp for hours or even days. Damp carpets eventually develop a gross musty odor. Such an odor typically occurs as the bacteria settles into the carpet’s fibers. Though it is possible to remedy this issue, it can be sidestepped to start with by letting a savvy carpet cleaner clean your floor. However, if you do some preliminary work on your carpet, it will help to have the windows open to provide ventilation.
Consistent air flow will help move airborne particles while freshening up the smell of the carpet and room. So go ahead and open the windows and doors to speed up the drying process and let the fresh air move across the floor. This air will prove especially helpful if pet odor removal is of concern.
The Prospect of Browning
Wool carpets are especially prone to browning. This is a term that refers to brown spots that seemingly pop up out of nowhere after the cleaning process occurs. Browning commonly occurs when prior spills or soil exposure wicks back up during over-wetting. You will not be able to scrub out these spots on your own.
You need the assistance of an experienced carpet cleaner to remove these unsightly marks and prevent additional browning. Our flood restoration specialists also provide upholstery cleaning and upholstery protection in addition to our cleaning services.
Call us today at (949) 229-4030 and schedule a consultation to determine which carpet service is right for you.