DIY jobs around the house or flat are a great way to save a bit of cash.
There are tons of things you can do and plenty of helpful websites and videos that show you how to do all kinds of amazing stuff with regular household bits and pieces. From removing burnt on food from pans to stain removal tips and putting up shelves, it’s no wonder more people than ever before are rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck into some DIY.
Whilst a lot of these tips and tricks are clever and helpful, they don’t all work as well expected. In fact, in some cases they can do more harm than good. There are some things which will always need a professional touch to get best results. Our years of experience in the cleaning industry have taught us that cleaning carpets is one area where it just doesn’t make sense to cut corners. Here’s why you should avoid off the shelf carpet cleaning products and why you might be disappointed with the results of a DIY approach.
Household gear vs. professional experience
We’re not suggesting there are no carpet cleaning jobs that can be done at home of course. Regular hoovering is a must. It’ll capture much of the dust, hair and dirt that collects on top of the pile and generally makes the environment a more pleasant one, but in the long run that’s not going to be enough to really keep your carpets clean.
Vacuum cleaners and other household equipment is great, but they are exactly that; household equipment. This sort of gear is not made to the same standard as professional equipment and does not perform to the same level. The same goes for stain removal products, many of which promise the earth but fail to deliver real results.
There may seem to be a middle ground. The hiring of carpet steam cleaning machines that you can use yourself. These are often much bigger than a standard hoover which implies that they are more powerful however this does not mean that they are powerful enough. In our experience, such hire equipment often lacks the oomph of professional kit. Meaning there is neither the heat nor the pressure to properly clean, extract dirt and dry your carpets. You can end up even worse than you started, with carpets stained, mouldy or even shrunken. This is why Cleaning Bros haven invested in only the best. Which goes for training as well as equipment, meaning that we have the tools and skills to achieve a far superior clean.
The problem with stain removal products
We always advise against DIY carpet cleaning solutions. It’s surprisingly easy to get it wrong and if you do you’ll risk causing irreparable damage to your carpets. There are a couple of mistakes that people tend to make with stain removal products. The first is using any generic product on their carpet. Carpets are made from a variety of different materials and each of these has its own sensitivities to specific cleaning chemicals. Depending on whether the carpet is made from natural or man made materials, or a combination of both, you may need to use different chemicals and processes. Whatever is under the sink is very unlikely to be formulated correct for your carpet and is actually more likely to discolour it even more. Wool carpets are especially sensitive.
The other issue is that some DIY stain removal chemicals may been extremely strong, to a dangerous level. These products are certainly not safe around children or curious pets, care should always be taken to store them well out of reach. These stronger chemicals may appear to be effective at removing stains, in fact sometimes they are. The problem here is that, due to their concentration, they wear away and degrade the fibres of the carpet. For example bleach can remove the colouring pigment from carpet fibres, permanently altering the appearance and weakening the strands. This may not be obvious at first, but over time this can loosen the fibres from the base of the carpet and create bald patches. This is even worse if the chemical is used several times on the carpet, the fibres can become brittle and snap, the carpet will lose its softness and become rough to the touch.
The cheapest way to get the best results
It will always be more economical to hire a professional carpet cleaner than to attempt deep cleaning and stain removal yourself. The risk of damaging your carpet and the inconvenience of then sorting this out is just not worth the hassle. Professionals have the equipment, skill and experience to deliver great results at a cost far lower than you might expect. Not only that, but the standard of results achieved at the end of the job will be so much higher. Don’t waste your valuable time getting half the results you deserve, give Cleaning Bros a call today for a no obligation quote and find out just how great your carpets can really look.
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