DIY Carpet Cleaning Common Mistakes

Made things worse!

Some of the main mistakes that happen when you hire a carpet cleaning machine usually stem from a lack of experience as opposed to machine malfunction. There are mainly two mishaps that can happen which unfortunately can also happen to in-experience professional carpet cleaners. These are:

  • Excessive wetting
  • Overuse of the carpet detergents

Excessive Wetting

This happens when too much water is sprayed into the carpet when cleaning. Ideally, steam cleaning would take, on average, between 4-6 hours to dry, depending on ventilation. Should the carpet still be wet after 24hrs, this becomes a problem as it then invites the onset of mould and mildew build-up.

The best way to counter this problem is to have the water sucked out and install industrial floor air movers to dry the carpets as quickly as possible.

Overuse of carpet detergents

Overusing carpet detergents can, at worst, damage the carpet permanently—the damage results in carpet bleaching, discolouration and damage to the fibres, which is irreversible. So once you see too much soap, it would be advisable to seek the help of a professional before it’s too late.

Most inexperienced individuals will use too much detergent, thinking it will make the carpets cleaner. All hired carpet cleaning machines generally have a helpline or website for help and instructions. However, this, unfortunately, may not be enough as it sometimes comes down to the individual’s competency.

This would be the best time to hire a professional carpet cleaning technician to avoid the worst-case scenario where you could be liable for replacing the carpets. Having better powerful machines would take a simple rinsing with a special acid neutraliser to bring the carpet to a neutral ph.

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