Carpets in your home bear beyond your imagination. Regular foot traffic, spills, stains and years of tear and wear make your carpeting look dull and tedious. However, there are many ways to restore the original condition of your carpet. Many of the stain and loose debris can be removed with help of simple vacuuming. But there are some stubborn stains stuck to the carpet fibre that demands some extra effort. And, when you talk about efforts, many of us do not even know where and how much effort to put in the carpet cleaning process. Spills are accidental, they cannot be avoided, but they can have minimum effects on your carpeting when you know what mistakes to avoid during the cleaning. We have brought you a list of certain mistakes that you usually make while carpet cleaning that you are still unaware of.
Here are the Mistakes You Should Avoid While Cleaning Your Carpets
Letting the Spill Become Stain
It’s a known fact that you should not let the fresh spill stay longer onto the carpet. Leaving the spill on the carpet for a long time can make the stain permanent and you will have to make double efforts to clean it. However, there could be several situations, when you cannot spill the fresh stains such as you might be entertaining the guests, or an emergency has occurred. But, if there is not any solid reason to put off the spill cleaning, you must do it immediately.
When a spill happens, the first thing that comes to your mind is grabbing a damp towel, and start rubbing the carpet. But that’s the biggest mistake you can make. As rubbing the carpet frantically may result in damaged fibres. Besides damaging the fibre, this practice can enforce the stain deeper in the carpet layer and it can also lead to discolouration of carpet fibre. Avoid using brushes and scrubbing tools on the carpet, if you are willing to use them for a long time.
Cleaning the Carpet with Coloured Cloth
This is another mistake that homeowners make unconsciously or maybe consciously that can damage your carpet. In the hurry of cleaning the spill from the carpet, you may use any rag or cloth, lying around. You don’t bother to look whether the rag or cloth you are using is coloured or not. Using the colour cloth has the risk of transferring the die to the carpet, which ultimately can double your trouble. Hence, it is important to pay attention while using the cloth to clean the spill.
Not doing a Patch Test on Carpet
It is always advised that you should do the patch test on the carpet when you are using a chemical-based solution. Even DIY carpet treatments can also have some harsh effects on the carpets, that can damage the carpet them further. Therefore, it is important to do a patch test on the inconspicuous area of your carpet before the treatment of the main stain.
Over Dampening the stained areas
Many homeowners think, over dampening or drowning can help breaking down the stain into the carpet. But the fact is over dampening the stain may result in discolouration and damp smells. Never soak the area with water or cleaning product, instead make sure there is no moisture left inside the carpet fibre. For the complete extraction of moisture from the carpet, blot it with the bath towel or paper towel, and applying extra pressure can get you the best results.
These were a few tips to save your carpets from damage. If you have been making any of the above-mentioned mistakes, stop doing it right away or get ready for the carpet replacement. So, next time, you decide to treat the carpet on your own, keep the above points in mind. And if you don’t want to take any risk, consider calling the professionals. We at Fresh Carpet Cleaning always have the best and complete solution for your carpet cleaning. Whether it’s a fresh spill or an old stain, our experts have the capability to rejuvenate your carpet.