Are you the type of person who finds the idea of rolling up your sleeves and tackling a weekend project around the house appealing? We applaud you! If that means planting some flowers or trying out a new paint technique you learned on Pinterest, making a mistake or two along the way isn’t that big of an issue. But that’s not the case with do-it-yourself carpet cleaning. The truth is, there are a number of carpet cleaning mistakes we routinely see novices make. In this article, we’ll detail four really good reasons to trust your carpet cleaning to the pros.
Over-Shampooing Leaves Residue Behind
That’s right, folks. You can do too much of a good thing. And in this case, we’re talking about the shampoo (soap) applied to your carpet. We’ve found that many DIYers make this rookie mistake. Not only do they apply too much shampoo during the cleaning process, but they also don’t properly rinse out what they do apply. The chemicals left behind can damage your carpet, and will leave a residue that will transform your carpet into a dirt magnet. At Sams, we use the appropriate product for your specific carpet, in the right amount. And we properly rinse the area ensuring the only thing left behind is fresh, clean carpet fibers.
Over-Wetting Invites Mold, Mildew, and Damage
Since we’re on the topic of rinsing, soaking your carpet in water isn’t the solution to getting a clean surface. If too much water is applied, you run the risk of inviting mold and mildew problems into your home. That excess moisture will lie beneath the surface for a long time before it dries out! You also may see your carpet shrink and begin to tear from the edges or seams. Sams uses a proper rinsing technique that will remove residue and ensure the carpet dries promptly – typically after about a half day. To assist with dry time, depending on the outside conditions, air conditioning or heat, we employ a variety of strategies to ensure continuous air flow, which helps shorten the duration of the drying process.
Overuse of Deodorizers Makes Your Carpet Look Worse
In addition to getting your carpet clean, you want it to smell its best for guests. We get it. You don’t want your floor to smell like Fluffy and Fido rolled around on it after a playdate. Deodorizing your carpet may mask smells, but it’s not a long-term solution or substitute for cleaning. The powder will get stuck in your carpet fibers resulting in a messy, dull-looking carpet. Using too much of this powder can create buildup that can’t be removed with your vacuum.
Cleaning Carpet Yourself May Void Your Warranty
Many carpet manufacturers’ warranties require that the carpet is professional cleaned to keep it validated. Be sure to check your specific manufacturer warranties before you go and do it yourself. When in doubt, contact a professional. It could save you a LOT of money in the long haul!
Avoid the Carpet Cleaning Mistakes with One Call to Sams
Next time you’re considering renting a machine or rolling out all of your over-the-counter carpet cleaning products, consider giving us a call. The Sams team is passionate about providing our customers with the best experience, and making your home a place you can relax and take comfort. As part of our commitment to excellence, we utilize the latest cleaning technology on your carpet for stains or smells, and even bring those high traffic areas back to life with an advanced extraction cleaning system. When we’re done, we will conduct a thorough final inspection to make sure you’re satisfied. Let Sams take the work, and the worry, out of cleaning your carpets!