It's the time of the year for cool weather, holiday treats, and realizing
that you will have family over and they're going to see all the spots
on your carpet. It is time to clean up.
Just like waiting too long in between dentist appointments, many people
wait too long in between professional carpet cleanings. Harmless as it
may seem, waiting too long between cleanings can dramatically reduce the
life of your carpet.
The dirt and grime that is in your carpet (mostly hidden) grinds away at
your carpet fiber like sandpaper, wearing away the protective coating
and causing the carpet color to appear dull. This grinding action from
the hidden dirt lessens the life of your carpet. Read more to learn the
most common mistake for DIYspot cleaning on carpet.
Do your flooring investment justice by finding a professional carpet cleaning
company and getting set up with regular maintenance cleanings. Depending
upon your situation, you may want to clean anywhere from every four months
to once a year for very light use areas. Contact your professional cleaning
company for a recommendation.
Common mistakes for DIY spot cleaning on carpet:
Save the soap for your dishes and your laundry, not your carpet. You will
not be able to use enough water to flush out all of the soap. The soap
that is left behind will leave a sticky residue that will attract more
dirt to the spot.
- Using other harsh cleaners
Be careful what you use for your spot cleaning. Cleaners that contain brighteners
can bleach your carpet. Cleaners that contain solvents can cause your
carpet to detach from its backing.
Even so-called "home remedies" can take a cleanable spot and
turn it into a permanent stain. If you're not sure what to do about
a spot, call a professional.
Many spots (including ink, red punch, coffee, and other nasty stains) can
be removed with the right process. If you panic and throw every cleaner
you have under the kitchen sink at the stain, you may be making the situation
worse. Again, when in doubt, call a professional.
Use only spot cleaners recommended by a professional. Try warm water first
and blot and wipe (don't scrub, you may damage the texture of the
carpet) the spot with a terry-cloth towel.