by Jeremy Strickland
A meatball rolls off your son’s dinner plate. A house plant gets knocked over during an indoor Nerf gun shootout. Your husband nods off in front of the Michigan game and drops a glass of red wine. Your dog gets sick in your bedroom.
It’s been a long day, and now your carpet is trashed. What do you do?
“Clean it up,” you say. “Of course. Por supuesto. Natuurlijk.”
While rolling up your sleeves and getting to work on the solution is the natural, reflexive response of any responsible adult, I urge you to resist the urge to Do It Yourself (DIY). Mistakes can be made, dear reader, mistakes which can make matters worse.
Here are my top five reasons to consider professional carpet cleaning services instead of DIY:
First: The internet is chock full of bad advice.
- This is the elephant in the room, isn’t it? I see the irony. Here I am, a trusted adviser on the internet, warning you against bad advice from the internet. The difference between me and them is that I am a trained Professional Carpet Cleaning Technician who works for an award winning company with 38 years of experience. Oftentimes, internet advice is coming from civilians with good intentions but no point of reference for which they speak. Pay special attention to any article or blog which makes guarantees, promises, or uses hyperbolic language when it comes to DIY cleaning. As the great Obi Wan Kenobi said, “Only a Sith deals in absolutes.” If you look back on my own blog, you’ll see that even when I do outline potential DIY solutions, I’m always sure to remind you that you’re usually better off calling in a professional.
Second: The wrong chemical or process can be bad news.
- Take advice from a civilian, be it from the internet, your mother, or a neighbor, and you risk seeing no result from your hard work or making the problem worse by setting a stain or adding an extra element to your carpet that makes cleaning tougher than it already may be. One example of this would be using vinegar and baking soda together as a cleaner. See that cool chemical reaction? That’s the cancelling of the two ingredients. While they both have effective uses in cleaning, mixing them renders them as useful as water.
Third: Too much of a good thing is not a good thing.
- There’s a rumor going around that after you have your carpet cleaned, it will get dirty faster. This is because of soap residues which have not been thoroughly rinsed from the carpet during the cleaning process. Less reputable carpet cleaners as well as DIY jobs are notorious for this. These residues essentially create a dirt trap, so you will indeed see your carpet soil faster. Use soaps on your carpet at your own peril.
Fourth: A wet carpet can turn brown.
- Carpets dry from the bottom up. If there’s any organic material at the bottom of the carpet, it will get drawn up like wax to a flame, and the carpet may turn brown. Too much water without proper extraction is usually the cause of this.
Fifth: Your furniture can undo your hard work.
- If you have furniture with stained wooden legs, you can not put it back onto wet carpet without protection or you will likely suffer negative consequences. The moisture will transfer the stain to the carpet, and it will live up to its name. Unfortunately, the results will probably be permanent.
Some jobs are best left to the professionals, and carpet cleaning is usually one of those jobs. The next time an unfortunate accident leaves its mark on your carpet, consider rolling up your sleeves and calling Randy’s Carpet Care. Fixing an exasperated problem is likely to be more expensive than having it cleaned the right way in the first place. That’s just good, common sense, right?
Of course. Por supuesto. Natuurlijk.
NOTE: While carpet cleaning can be a huge, intensive operation, it doesn’t always have to be. Keeping the open areas of the carpet in your home clean, particularly the paths of high traffic, will go a long way to making your carpet last longer and also improve air quality.