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DIY Carpet Cleaning Risks

DIY Carpet Cleaning

Most of us are very interested in “Do It yourself”. DIY is everywhere. It can be great, but DIY Carpet Cleaning does have its risks.

It is very tempting to try to do it yourself. After all, you can rent the machines in so many places. You can even buy your own machine for fairly reasonable prices now.  It must be a good idea, right?

DIY Carpet Cleaning – The Machines

The machines are small. They have to be small so you can lift them into your vehicle. The smaller the machine, the less powerful it will be. The larger the machine, the heavier it is because the motors and pumps are bigger, so it will be more powerful. The more powerful the machine, the better and more consistent the vacuum, heat, pressure and suction will be.

DIY Carpet Cleaning – Risks

Poor quality results

You not only spent money but you spent time and labor trying to do it yourself. Are you happy with the results? Usually the answer is no. You just don’t see much improvement and you gave up your day off doing it.

Wet Carpets

One of the biggest risks is a damp carpet. This is because of all the problems a damp carpet can cause. The machines (or users) tend to over wet the carpet and they don’t have the suction power to extract it back out. This can cause any or all of the following:

  • Odors
  • Mold
  • Delamination of the carpet. This means the carpet backing separates.
  • Browning
  • Shrinkage
Re-Soiling

Most of these rental machines have cleaning agents to sell you for use in the machine. The main problem here is that it is very difficult to rinse these out without over wetting the carpet. If you don’t rinse them out, your carpet will actually attract dirt faster. That means you’ll be renting a machine and cleaning your carpet again, probably sooner than you would have thought.

Professional Carpet Cleaners

Professional carpet cleaners spend thousands of dollars buying large, powerful machines.  Remember, the more powerful the machine, the more consistent the suction, heat and pressure will be. They extract so much more of the water. In general carpets are dry to the touch in four to six hours.  This eliminates the risks from wet carpets. The powerful machines are able to extract so much of the water that rinsing the cleaning agents is not a problem and the carpets stay clean longer. Choose a professional carpet cleaner in Haymarket VA. 

Carpet Cleaning and Supermarket Products

carpet cleaning and supermarket products

When you spill something on your carpet, your first instincts are probably wrong! A typical response is to grab a towel and start rubbing it. Ouch! No! The next response is to get something from the grocery store or mega store to clean it. Again, ouch!

Never rub a spill.  Grabbing a clean white towel is good, but blot the spill, don’t rub it. If you rub it, you are probably spreading it and pushing it deeper into the carpet pile. Just blot it, letting the cloth absorb it.

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Vacuuming Mistakes

Vacuum Cleaner

Did you know you can make vacuuming mistakes? Most people are concerned when it comes to buying a vacuum. You read reviews and want the best you can get. Did you know that if make these mistakes, even the best rated vacuum cannot do the job properly?

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Ink on Carpet

ink on carpet

You have ink on carpet! Why does it seem it is always a dark color that is spilled on a light colored carpet?

Ink on Carpet – First Step

Always act quickly. Blot it with a dry cloth or paper towel.  Do not rub, just blot it and get as much up as you can that way.

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Kitty Litter on Carpet

Kitty Litter on Carpet

One of the most annoying parts of being a cat owner must be the litter box. My cat seems to take great pride in tracking the litter to the carpet and then shaking it off her feet. There must be a better way to deal with this. Here are some tips I’ve found.

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Snow Chemicals on Carpet Bristow

Snow Chemicals on Carpet

Here in Bristow VA some of us are still snowed in. Along with the fun of snowman making and sledding, comes the pain of digging out the cars and driveways. It is easy to track snow chemicals onto your floors during a snow storm like this. These should be cleaned up as soon as possible.

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Butter Spill on Carpet

butter spill

Butter spilled on carpet does not have to ruin your day. Here are some tips on cleaning it up.

 Butter Spill – First Step

Do not let it sit as it may stain the carpet. Scrap up any solid butter with a spoon. Blot up the liquid with a white cloth or paper towel as soon as possible. Do not rub it, just blot the spot. You may need to use a clean are of the cloth or new paper towels and do this multiple times. Keep doing this until you do not get any more liquid.

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Best Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuum Cleaner

What is the best vacuum cleaner to buy? The one you will use! Yep, sounds silly, but it’s true. You can purchase the highest rated vacuum cleaner on the market but if it sits in the utility room and you don’t use it, it is worthless.

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Tea Spill on Carpet

tea spill on carpet

Next to coffee, tea is one of the most popular hot drinks. A tea spill on carpet doesn’t have to ruin your day, but you need to act quickly.

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Sickness and Carpets

vomit stains on carpet

It is that time of year. The flu bug and colds are playing havoc with a lot of people right now. With the pain of the illness comes the pain of keeping things clean. A bad stomach bug can result in one of the most unpleasant spills to deal with on your carpet. It’s so unpleasant I have a hard time typing it. Vomit. What poor parent hasn’t had to deal with this?

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