It seems like any time we wonder how to do something the pros do, we just Google it. Many homeowners believe that if they can get a job done there’s no reason to hire someone to do it for them. We always want to do as much research as possible before we tackle a project in our home. The problem with that is sometimes the tips we find online aren’t that great. Carpet Care 2000 lists some common DIY carpet cleaning methods that should be avoided at all costs!
 

Vinegar & Baking Soda Stain Remover Should Be Avoided

Using vinegar and baking soda to remove stains. While this may work it will just mask a problem that really needs to be professionally cleaned. Vinegar can remove a stain and eliminate an odor, but you are not getting to the root of the problem because the carpet is not thoroughly cleaned. Vinegar is effective because of the way it reacts to different chemicals and can therefore remove odor. Vinegar can’t completely remove debris and layers of soil from your carpet. Another problem with vinegar and baking soda is that when you mix it, it creates a paste-like foam that can be difficult to remove and will end up attracting more dirt.
 

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid Doesn’t Clean Carpets

Some of the recommendations of DIYers will have your carpets soaking wet. This is a bad thing. Water is about as pure of a solution you can put on your carpet, right? But water can act as a catalyst to some stains. Water can cause ink and oil stains to become more permanent. Dishwashing soaps can also make stains worse. These soaps work great on dishes that you can thoroughly rinse off in the sink, but it’s impossible to rinse your carpets the same way. Even if you rinse most of the water out you are left with carpet that is very wet. Wet carpet can lead to a whole host of other problems. The pros know how much water to use and can extract it more effectively with truck mounted machines so your carpet will dry quickly, and additional problems can be avoided.
 

Burn Marks on Carpet from Using Hot Iron to Attempt to Remove Stains

Using a hot iron to remove plastic/wax. The internet has ways for you to remove wax or plastic stains. One way is to use a hot iron, but hot irons can be damaging to your carpet. Different carpet fibers require different cleaning methods. The pros know all about those. You may end up burning your carpet and creating an even bigger problem. Hiring the pros would have had the problem taken care of but that burnt stain will be there for good, unless you repair the spot with new carpet.
 

Carpet Cleaning, Stain Removal & More in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

Taking care of your carpet the right way can double its life expectancy and save you $1,000s. Vacuuming is an important part of carpet care, but you need professional cleaning to get to the depths of your carpet. This will ensure that you keep your carpet healthy and lasting a long time. It’s more cost-effective and satisfying to hire professionals, so contact Carpet Care 2000 to schedule carpet cleaning today!