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Hazards Associated With DIY Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning carpet at home

You may be one of the most independent, autonomous, self-sustaining individuals in your social circle. But if you stain your carpet at some unfortunate moment, don’t take it as a blow on your ego if you’re not able to remove it yourself. Professional cleaners are in business to serve such needs and offer their services when they’re most needed. In most cases, you can call a commercial carpet maintenance company urgently, and they will come and clean your carpet at once.

DIY tricks are great for discovering new ways to recycle plastic bottles and old jeans, but not particularly when it comes to stain removal. Here’s all that can go wrong if you take it on yourself to clean stained carpets.

Excessive Shampoo Usage

shampoo bubblesThe shock you get when you see a mug of steaming hot coffee spill over your favorite rug is enough to give you a heart attack. The stains are so stubborn that the thought of spending hours bent over the stain, with an assortment of all cleaners you could find in the bathroom is tiring. You might get impulsive and empty an entire bottle of shampoo on the stain but that might not be the best move to make. It’s best to sit back, relax and think rationally: what’s the best antidote to coffee stains?

Shampoo isn’t a good choice of chemical to use. Certain stains require specific chemicals. However, attempting to remove a spill can set the stain causing it to become permanent. Just use a towel to absorb it. It’s better to hire a professional.

Watering Down Your Carpet

water carpet cleaningYou’re often told that it’s best to act fast and rinse out the staining substance ASAP using water. But over-wetting is also a problem that can dampen the bottom of the carpet and that can lead to discoloration, in some cases. Your carpet fiber may also shrink when it is wet and that’ll mess up the fitting of wall-to-wall carpets.

You may get successful with removing the stain but at the cost of other, more serious problems. One such disaster is when the backing material of your carpet and the pad get wet and take days to dry completely. Leaving the carpet wet from underneath is also a health hazard because not only does the moisture catch more dirt but also runs the risk of mold and mildew. The water temperature also matters and can affect the results of your stain-removing attempts. Since you can’t assess all these factors rationally right after seeing your carpet get soiled, it’s best to let an expert handle it.

Surrounding Furniture Being Dampened

carpet furnitureIt’s easier to clean stains from smaller area rugs because they’re not in contact with the walls or the furniture. The real deal is to wash out stains from carpets that extend from end to end and are laid beneath all the furniture.

This is because you can’t take the carpet to a safe area to clean the stain and wetting it in that spot can cause more damage than good.

Some types of wooden furniture release dyes when moistened and that can stain your carpet from parts where they’re touching it. Wood is not the only problem, because couches also have metal feet which can rust on top of a wet carpet and release the crimson rust onto the carpet.

For commercial carpet cleaning needs contact Southwestern Building Maintenance today to schedule an appointment.