Cleaning carpets inside your home can take a lot of time, but it’s a necessary activity in terms of keeping them in tip top shape. Consider your carpets and floors an investment; and in doing so, it’s important to be aware of common mistakes that people make when they’re cleaning their carpets and rugs. Here’s the most common mistakes people make when cleaning their carpets, as prepared by the experts at Aladdin Oriental Rug Services.
All Purpose Cleaners
These cleaners might work fine on hard surfaces but they are absolutely not a good choice for rugs or carpets. They contain extremely abrasive chemicals that can damage carpets seriously, so we would advise making sure that all purpose cleaners are safe to use on carpets before you use them.
You might feel a strong impulse to scrub stains with wet paper towels – but you should resist this impulse. Scrubbing can tear the tightly wrapped, heat-sealed fibers that make up carpets, and actually impact the stains much deeper inside these torn fibers. This can cause major dark spots in the carpets, and change its texture. If you’re hell-bent on scrubbing, try using a half white vinegar and half water mixture, and lightly brush it with an old toothbrush.
Testing Cleaning Products
Make sure to test all cleaning products on a small hidden patch of your carpet before using it. This helps you determine whether the cleaning products are safe to use, and won’t bleach or ruin your carpet or rug fibers. Don’t ever apply a cleaning product to the entire rug or carpet before testing it first because you’re not sure how it will relax.
Professional Cleaning Services
There’s people out there who consider professional cleaning a waste of time or running. However, these people are decidedly wrong. Professional carpet and rug cleaning is much more affordable than many people think – and if you’re always cleaning stains from children or pets, a professional rug and carpet cleaner can certainly take off some of the pressure that might be affecting you. Professional carpet and rug cleaners use special high pressure steam machine technology and carpet and rug safe cleaning solutions that deep clean all the way down to the padding, while avoiding the risk of mold or mildew that comes with excess moisture.
Here’s how to avoid making the most common carpet cleaning mistakes – spot cleaning carpets is something that every carpet owner has to do once in awhile. Whether your pet had an accident, or you spilled a glass of red wine, your carpet can sustain quite a proverbial barrage of stains. There’s a great combination of methods that you can use to remove the most common kinds of stains and spills (all of which you can find on our blog) but there’s also tactics that should NEVER EVER be used while you’re cleaning your carpets.
Check out the below tips to learn what any carpet or rug owner should NEVER EVER attempt while trying to get rid of a stain.
Never use a colored towel to dab or soak up a stain! If you’re using a towel or rag that has color, you are risking the chance of the color bleeding or soaking down onto the carpet fibers – this is a phenomenon called color transfer. Never use a red or dark blue rag on a light colored carpet – this will no doubt stain it seriously – if you want to avoid causing color transfer, use a white cotton towel or white paper towels to do all the dabbing or soaking up that you need to do.
Over the Counter Carpet Cleaners
For the most part, avoid using any products advertised as Carpet Cleaner, whether it’s foam, cleansing liquid, or spray. These products often leave a hard to remove residue inside your carpet which, over time, attracts a bunch of dust and soil, leaving you with a gross brown spot inside an area that once looked clean. These soaps are tailor made to attract soil and dirt, and then get washed away with water – when over the counter cleaners are used, you won’t be able to properly wash away the soap, so it stays on your carpet fibers and continues to attract soil, causing a stain that you can’t remove.
Only blot stains on rugs – never use a rubbing motion to attempt their removal. This is one of the most common carpet or rug cleaning mistakes, since most people simply don’t believe that it really causes damage. Scrubbing stains on carpets simply just spread the stain around, creating a much larger and more diffused mess. Remember to blot the stain – don’t rub it. If you need more pressure when you’re blotting, stand on the blotting material pressing it down – this will help move the spill or stain to the towel you’re cleaning it up with.