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.
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!