DIY Carpet Cleaning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Carpet cleaning isn’t the most complicated thing in the world but too often people use the wrong methods which can make the problem worse, or even cause damage to the carpet. For those who are attempting DIY carpet cleaning, there are a few potential pitfalls to be aware of. Sometimes when it comes to effective dirt and stain removal, the best solution is to call in the experts who understand the unique properties of different carpet fibres and use safe methods which will not void the warranty of your carpet. Bennetts Carpet Cleaning explain some of the most common do-it-yourself carpet cleaning mistakes that we see and hear of so you don’t have to join the ranks of people to experience carpet cleaning regrets. “Oops! I used the wrong cleaning chemical” With so many products available, people unwittingly use harsh chemicals on their carpets which can cause the colour of the carpet to leach. Many spray foams which can be applied to the carpet may freshen up the appearance of the carpet and make the room smell clean, but fail to actually bring the dirt to the surface and extract residue and stains – even after vigorous vacuuming. Even worse is when the wrong product is used which may even add more stains to the carpet. For pet stains and many other stains, most over the counter products won’t be able to the job. Be wary of trying to remove stains with white wine to counteract red wine, or vinegar and bi-carb soda. In some cases the acid in vinegar and other home cleaning agents can weaken and damage carpet fibres so it’s always best to consult the manufacturer’s instructions for dealing with common carpet stains. “Oops! I overdid the Shampoo and foams” The next common issue to using the wrong cleaning agents is being overzealous with chemicals and carpet cleaning shampoos which can leave an unpleasant residue in the carpet. Overuse of detergents can also attract extra dirt and make the area quickly appear soiled. Also overuse of cleaning products can be very difficult to remove without using excessive amounts of water. Too much water use on the carpet can bring other issues, and is next on our list. “Oops! I overdid it on water and now my carpets are saturated” Overusing water on the carpet will be difficult to dry and create an unpleasant wet smell throughout the home. Over wetting carpet can also cause discolouration and also promote mould growth and attract pests – something you definitely do not want in your home and especially near carpets. “Oops! I waited too long to have carpets cleaned” Carpet cleaning is much more effective if it is scheduled regularly before major cleaning is required. A common mistake is waiting too long to have carpets cleaned by which time dirt and stains have become entrenched into the underlay. This can mean more treatments are necessary to remove stains and reduce the life of your carpet. “Oops! I just spread the stain over a larger area” Rubbing too vigorously will only spread the stain around, yet it’s a problem that we correct often here at Bennetts. The natural instinct with stains might be to scrub and rub but often this just makes the affected area larger. When it comes to successful carpet cleaning, the truth is that hot water extraction method of carpet cleaning is the most effective way to clean carpets and to remove entrenched dirt and stains. If you haven’t tried it yet, your home doesn’t know what it’s missing! Call Bennetts Carpet Cleaning today on 1300 661 008 and spare yourself from these ‘OOPS’ moments and damaging carpet cleaning mistakes.