Carpets can make a home feel cozy, and they help with noise-dampening, which makes them a great choice for rooms above bedrooms. However, carpets are notorious for getting dirty. While you vacuum regularly, you also need to clean your carpets. Before you try it yourself, however, check out these four complications of DIY carpet cleaning.
1. Too Much Shampoo
When you clean your carpet yourself, you can easily use too much shampoo, which can cause several complications. First, using too much shampoo can leave the carpet feeling crusty after it dries. Plus, the excess dried soap can get on your feet or on anyone who sits or lies on the carpet, which can cause skin or eye irritation.
Too much shampoo can also damage your carpet, especially if you use cleaners with brighteners or high pH levels. In some cases, the cleaning chemicals can crystalize and harden. These clumps bond to the carpet, which makes them hard to remove.
Finally, even if your carpet looks great right after cleaning, too much shampoo can actually make your carpet collect more dirt and grime because the shampoo leaves a sticky residue that grabs dirt, dust, and allergens.
2. Too Much Water
To rinse away the shampoo, you may think using a lot of water is the right solution, but too much water can also cause complications. Naturally, using too much water means that it takes longer for your carpet to dry, which means that you can’t use that part of your house as usual.
Additionally, if your carpet takes a long time to dry, mold and mildew can start to grow. Certain types of mold can be dangerous to anyone. However, people with mold allergies or mold sensitivity can develop symptoms from any type of mold. Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, cough, itchy eyes, and dry skin.
Even if the top part of your carpet dries fairly quickly, keep in mind that there is an underlying carpet mat, which can take longer to dry. Under that carpet mat, there may be wood floors, which can develop rot when exposed to too much water.
3. Stains From Furniture
Cleaning your own carpet is not an easy job. It takes a lot of energy and strength, so you may be tempted to rush at the end, and put everything back where it was too soon. Before you put your furniture back, however, you need to wait for the carpet to dry to avoid stains.
The stains from wood furniture, for example, can bleed into the wet carpet. Metal furniture like filing cabinets can cause rust stains on the carpet, which can be incredibly hard to remove.
4. Resistant Bacteria
Besides dirt and stains, you also want to kill any bacteria lurking in your carpets. Carpets, like sponges, can absorb a lot of bacteria, which can make you and your family sick. DIY carpet cleaning does not get rid of most bacteria because there is not enough heat.
Professional steam cleaners, however, do have the heat to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria, germs, and viruses, including E.coli, staph, salmonella, etc. Even if you don’t choose steam cleaning, professional cleaners will have the right tools and equipment to clean your carpet well.
There’s nothing wrong with cleaning a few stains here and there yourself, but if your carpet needs a full cleaning, you should leave the job to the professionals. Doing it wrong can damage the carpet, promote more stains, and even make your family sick. If you would like to know more, or if you want to get a quote on carpet cleaning services, contact us at Empire Roofing and Restoration today.