Top Mistakes to Avoid when Cleaning Carpets

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When it comes to cleaning a carpet you can’t afford to make a blunder that may worsen the stain or even the condition of your carpet.

Deodorising and failing to clean

Many people assume that by simply deodorising the carpet, the cleaning aspect is complete but this is not the case. Deodorising powders are difficult to vacuum and only treat the odour, leaving the stain intact. Only a small amount of de-odour powder is necessary and should be used after using professional cleaning methods and products, from the likes of Click Cleaning, where they supply all the possible carpet cleaning tools that will remove stains completely.

Cleaning stains incorrectly

Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to successfully clean carpet stains. If you begin to rub the stain vigorously with a cloth or brush, you may cause the stain to spread and set deeper into the carpet. According to the National Carpet Cleaners Association, the correct way to successfully remove liquid stains caused by alcohol, urine, coffee or tea is to “work from the outer edge of the stain inwards.” It is also a common misconception that a professional steam cleaning machine is the best way to go when in fact the heat from it can cause the stain to set further into the carpet.

Not cleaning quick enough

If you do not clean a spill right away then there is a good chance that a stain will form, making it more difficult to remove at a later date. If you have pets and they leave urine on the carpet, the stain will leave a bad smell which could lead to the carpet having to be replaced. Leaving a stain to set could led to carpet fibres reducing in quality and may eventually destroy your carpet. Avoid this by tackling the spill as soon as possible.

Using untested products

The National Carpet Cleaners Association also states that you should always “test any solution/detergent on an inconspicuous area of carpet prior to treating a stain.” This is because an untested product could actually stain your carpet. To avoid this it is best to test a small area first, such as a small space underneath a piece of furniture, so that if the new carpet cleaner product does create a stain, it can be easily hidden afterwards.

Over-cleaning   

You should only clean your carpet when it is necessary. Using too many cleaning agents, combined with regular, harsh scrubbing will eventually fade the colour and condition of your carpet. For tricky stains, Cleanipedia advises that you use a “hard bristled brush with a solution of water, and carpet shampoo to scrub stains.” If you have kids then you know all about the tornado of mess that usually follows close behind them. Cleanipedia has a great solution for if something sticky, such as gum, gets stuck on the carpet, and advises that you firstly “harden it using an ice cube before prying it off”.

Carpet cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore if you have the right tools and follow the rules above. You’ll soon be enjoying stain free, great smelling carpets in no time!

19 thoughts on “Top Mistakes to Avoid when Cleaning Carpets

  1. shiza says:

    Its a great problem to clean carpets from own by your blog I leant something great by the way you have covered most of the parts of the room as well as on stairs.

  2. alex arnorld says:

    I am definitely gonna try this. it was really helpful, I was facing difficulties in cleaning my carpet and making these mistakes but Now I am sure this is not gonna be a big issue anymore.

  3. Carl Kelly says:

    Thank you for your helpful feedback.

  4. David Wilson says:

    Every tips are very essential tips for cleaning.Thanks for the helpful post.I hope everyone like it.

  5. Over the counter treatment chemicals often contain toxic components. Using these products will put any children or pets in the home at great risk.

  6. Anne says:

    Cleaning needs more attention than we thought. Your writing your brilliant.

  7. Bella says:

    Hi Chelsea and Mamma! Great carpet cleaning tips. You are so right that you can’t let a stain set. If you do, it will be very hard to get rid of it.

  8.  Do not use any scrubbing or abrasive pads on the furniture, because this will likely remove the finish and damage the furniture.

  9. If your furniture is still under warranty, cleaning it on your own may invalidate the warranty.

  10. Carla MC says:

    This is the reasons I am avoiding when it comes to carpet cleaning, so my solution for that one is to hire professional cleaning services here in Dubai . Good thing, I found FMF cleaning services.

  11. Heather says:

    I didn’t even realize there was such a thing as over-cleaning! These are very simple mistakes to make, but keeping these things in mind will help prevent these mishaps for happening in the first place. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Ryan says:

    These are great tips, and I agree as soon as a spill or mess happens, it should be cleaned right away. Otherwise taking too long to clean the stain can result in a permanent stain. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Great advice Chelsea, could not agree more! Have you ever tried baking Soda, white vinegar & dishwashing liquid to clean your carpets?

  14. Will says:

    I always clean from the edge of the stain and clean inwards when I do eco friendly steam cleaning, whether it’s carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, leather cleaning or even sofa cleaning. It is definitely 100% more effective than just running over it a few times! I think it’s good to clean without man made products too unless you really, really need to because they can be risky when it comes to young children and pets and it isn’t worth taking risks on their safety for the sake of a clean carpet is it?

  15. Chelsea says:

    Thanks for the helpful post. I found a mistake that I was doing over and over again and that is not cleaning quick enough. I was wondering why I didn’t get proper results and fortunately I found this post and now I already now :). Thanks again!

  16. Gerry says:

    Thanks for these great tips. I really need to do spring cleaning but I’m waiting till hubby has time to help me!

  17. Dolph Hoover says:

    Well to clean quick enough would leave several residue that will worsen and affect the carpets aesthetically. Although it’s also considered that way when there’s a wide area to clean.

  18. Yasmin says:

    This article is more helpful that most of the articles about How to clean a carpet! It is really common for people to deodorize their carpets and it definitely doesn’t make the carpets cleaner! Thumbs up for the post!
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  19. Very correct! These are the most common mistakes! Thumbs up for the post! Greets, Kensal Green Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

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