During Stage 4 restrictions, many Melbournians are starting to be extra inventive when it comes to their carpet cleaning. With the majority of us now working from home, spills and other accidents are more likely to happen. With the extra time on our hands, many of us are looking for DIY solutions, with a lot of these doing more harm than good. In this blog, we’ll look at our top three carpet cleaning tips when it comes to DIY carpet cleaning methods.
1. Less is more
As soon as we spill something on our carpets, our immediate reaction is to pour as much water on it as possible and to scrub it as hard as we can. Not only do you run the risk of exposing your carpet to extra liquid which may in time lead to mould growth, but you’re also not doing the stain any favours. When you scrub frantically, you’re actually pushing the stain deeper into the carpet’s fibres. Instead, we recommend to just grab a white clean cloth, apply a little bit of lukewarm water, and then just dab on and around the stained area.
2. It’s safer if you don’t test new ‘top searched’ ideas
With the majority of Googles top search results for DIY carpet cleaning methods, you’ll see that a lot of them contain references to using baking powder. Although this can be effective in some instances, more often than not, people will apply large amounts, thus resulting in permanent damage caused by left behind baking powder. This final result tends to be even worse than what the stain had originally looked like. The bleaching agents in some baking powders can cause this extra discolouration which is why it’s always recommended to first test it out on an inconspicuous spot. The only problem with testing this out first is that a lot of people don’t have the patience to wait and see if it was actually destructive or not!
3. Wait it out
It’s easier said than done but believe us, if you have an accident on your carpets, use a damp, white clean cloth to gently remove the bulk of the foreign spill. Afterwards, avoid touching this spot and book a clean with your local professional carpet cleaners.
With Stage 4 restrictions looking likely to be eased, booking your next carpet clean may not be too far away. Having the patience and waiting a little longer can save you a lot of money and headaches if your DIY method goes south.
If you would like more information regarding our steam carpet cleaning services, please don’t hesitate in reaching out to one of our professional cleaners today. As we mentioned earlier, Stage 4 restrictions are looking likely to be eased soon, so we can organise a time to book you in around the demand we’ve had for post-lockdown carpet cleans.