Everyday messes can happen in the worst of places. Your carpets and rugs are no exceptions. While there are hundreds of ways you can clean your carpets without hiring a professional, there is also an extensive list of cleaning products you shouldn’t use on your carpets and rugs. Knowing what you shouldn’t use when removing stains from your carpets and rugs can save you hundreds or even thousands of costly cleaning services for your carpets.
Avoid Bleaching Agents
Hydrogen peroxide and bleach are bleaching agents which remove color not just from stains, but color from the carpet itself. If the mixture is concentrated, or more is used in one area than the other, the carpet will appear to be lighter in some areas even on white carpet. This is not something that can be repaired. Once it is bleached, it is bleached forever. Another thing to keep in mind when using bleaching agents on the carpet is that these chemicals do damage to the materials while removing the stain. Bleach and peroxide dry out the fibers making them brittle and over time leads to irreversible damage. This kind of damage is extremely costly and will ultimately lead to an early replacement of the carpet or rug. Lastly, it is important to note that anytime you use a bleaching agent on the carpet, you are voiding the warranty the carpet may have had. We all know a good warranty can save you thousands of dollars.
Steer Clear of Ammonia
Ammonia is not meant for carpets in any way, shape or form. It will leave your carpet to smelling unpleasant and horrible. Ammonia is the primary ingredient in pet urine, it will not only leave a bad odor but will cause a terrible stain on the carpet that will be hard to get rid of. A scented ammonia such as lemon or pine might smell good at first but as the fragrance dissipates you will be left with a carpet that smells worse than a public toilet.
Laundry Detergent is Best Used on Laundry
Laundry detergent works wonders on tough stains left on our clothes, but it is not very effective on deep, set in stains in our carpets and rugs. Detergents will leave residue and streaks behind that can make your carpet look dirty and ugly.
Save the White Wine for Date Night
It’s a terrible rumor that white wine can be used to remove red wine stains from a carpet. The truth is, white wine isn’t really that great at removing a stain. All it will really do is leave an odor and sticky residue behind. It doesn’t really fix the problem but instead adds to it.
Avoid Rough Cleaning Tools
People think scrubbing away vigorously at their rugs is the right way to get rid of difficult stains. The fact is, using a scrubbing brush with hard bristles may damage and even wash away the carpet fibers. It’s like taking sandpaper to a new car, all you do is make the problem worse and cause more damage. If you need to scrub a stain, choose a soft bristle brush or air on the side of caution and hire a professional to handle the problem.
Cleaning your carpets and rugs can be an exhausting process, especially if you are trying to do it yourself. But doing it the wrong way can cost you a lot more money in the long run. Don’t take any unnecessary risks when it comes to caring for your carpets. Avoid these products at all costs. There are hundreds of products on the market specifically designed for cleaning carpets and rugs of all types. When in doubt, call a professional for advice or service. They are trained in how to handle all types of stains on all types of carpets which means you can sit back and relax while they take care of the problem.