With the advance of the internet many people will turn to their computer when they are looking for do it yourself tips on all sorts of different topics. Google, You Tube, and Pinterest all provide consumers with millions of links on how to fix things, clean things, and install things of all varieties. Carpet cleaning tips are all over the internet! Should we trust those tips that we find online when it comes to carpet cleaning? Many of the carpet cleaning “tips” actually can cause permanent damage to your carpet. So how can you discern between good tips and harmful ones?
 

Problems with Online Carpet Cleaning Recommendations

The first problem with online carpet cleaning searches is the lack of knowledge and training that many bloggers or self-proclaimed do it your experts have about carpet care. With so many different carpets on the market, carpet is complex and expensive. Carpet can be made from wool, artificial viscose, nylon, and more. Consulting a carpet care professional, like Carpet Care 2000, is your best bet for getting stains out effectively without damaging your carpet. If you do look for carpet cleaning tips online, ignore the following carpet cleaning tips.
 

Cleaning Carpet with Vinegar & Baking Soda is a Bad Idea

When you search online for natural cleaning solutions, vinegar frequently comes up as a cleaning solution. According to The Journal of Environmental Health, vinegar is one of the least effective solutions for removing dirt or soil when tested against other natural cleaning solutions. What’s even worse is that frequently online tips recommend mixing vinegar with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide. Mixing vinegar with baking soda creates a foamy paste that will then also need to be removed from carpet. Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar create an acid that is toxic and can cause skin irritation or respiratory problems.
 

Ammonia Can Damage Wool Carpets

Ammonia is a toxic liquid that can be harmful to your carpet, pets, and children. Large amounts of ammonia used in an unventilated room will create chemical fumes that could cause hard to your pets and children. Wool and some synthetic materials will be damaged by the use of ammonia.
 

Hairspray Can Stain Carpet

Ironically, googling hairspray and carpet will you lead to articles that suggest using hairspray to get rid of carpet stains and how to remove hairspray stains from your carpet. Consequently it doesn’t seem wise to use hairspray, which stains your carpet, to remove other stains on your carpet. Hairspray contains different chemicals and ingredients that could cause permanent damage to your carpet.
 

Dish Soap Attracts More Dirt on Carpet

Dish soap is an excellent cleaning agent. It is known to remove grease, grime, and food from your dishes. Do it yourself tips also recommend using dish soap to remove stains from your clothes as well. While dish soap works extremely well on those surfaces, it is safe only on surfaces that can then be cleansed of the dish soap. Carpet doesn’t have the ability to be washed clean of the dish soap like dishes and clothes, so it will only create a stain on your carpet of dish soap.
 

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What’s the moral of this post today? Don’t believe everything you read on the internet! What should you do if you have stains on your carpet that need to be removed? Trust the professionals here at Carpet Care 2000 to come and safely get the stains out of your carpet. Give us a call today!