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5 Dangers of DIY Carpet Cleaning

5 Dangers of DIY Carpet CleaningIt’s recommended to professionally clean your carpet once a year. If you have children and pets, professionals recommend vacuuming two to three times a week on top of that. Let’s face it, some of us are crafty with do-it-yourself jobs, but most of us only think we are. Cleaning your carpet is something you should certainly leave to the professionals, so consider this your forewarning before you try out a new technique you found on the internet.


Overdoing It

Adding too much shampoo into your carpet not only makes it more difficult to wash out. On top of that, any excess shampoo left in your carpet acts as a powerful dirt magnet. Overly shampooing and not properly rinsing is a classic DIY rookie mistake that you do not want to make as it can ruin your carpet indefinitely. With that being said, soaking your carpet doesn’t solve the problem of getting all that shampoo out. If you’re not able to remove all of the moisture from your carpet, that excess water will remain beneath your carpet for a long time before it finally dries out. This risks mold and mildew to grow, and not only that, but you may notice your carpet shrinking and begin to tear from the edges or seams!

Overuse of Deodorizers

Everyone wants their carpet to smell nice. In truth, no vacuum can remove 100% of particles, so over time, deodorizers issue buildup and can result in a messy and dull looking carpet when you’re unable to remove all of it with your vacuum cleaner. Just like shampoo buildup in your carpet, deodorizer buildup in your carpet attracts dirt and all else right into your carpet, probably ending the lifespan. It’s important to remember when using deodorizers for smelly accidents that deodorizers only mask the source of a stain – the smell needs to be removed from the source.


Carpet cleaning equipment isn’t as effective as professional cleaners, as they don’t have the sanitizing systems compared to professional equipment. The addition of sanitizing systems within the professional equipment actually kills bacteria and mites hidden in your carpeting, which will significantly cut down on allergens. Not only that but saving yourself a trip to the store and saving storage space is a nice bonus.

Not All Carpets are The Same

Depending on what your carpet is made of and how it’s made, different carpets can require different treatments, including different measurements of different ingredients. Professionals are trained to know which cleaning method will work best for your carpet and ensure longevity. There are four main types of carpet fiber:


  • Polyester is lush and soft to the touch, it’s also a favorite for pet owners and parents as it is much more stain resistant and faster-drying than other materials.
  • Wool is the most commonly used natural fiber in carpeting. It’s extremely resilient and repels oils (from asphalt, garages, cooking agents, even our skin) while some other material tends to attract.
  • Nylon is durable, resilient, and protects from spills falling deep into the foundation.


  • Olefin is strong, comfortable, resists stains, mildew, abrasions, and sunlight.


Make sure to read your warranty! Many carpet manufacturers warranties require that the carpet is professionally cleaned to keep it validated. If this is so, keep the receipts. This could save you a lot of money in the long run.

When Dealing with Stains…

Any stain you should clean immediately by dabbing it with a clean towel (paper towels work just fine for this), and call your trusted professional carpet cleaner. For example, if your puppy has an accident on the carpet and you’re not able to entirely clean it up, the urine dries which then causes its acidic ph level to rise, causing ideal conditions for bacteria to prosper. On top of that, the smell remains relentless and can only get worse over time. Some cleaning products can actually make a stain worse if not used properly. Carpet cleaning professionals are trained in the science behind removing stains and will know which cleaning method to use without damaging your carpet.

5 Dangers of DIY Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning your carpet is hard work and it takes time. There’s never enough time in the day and for some, this task is something that just isn’t worth it. If you have carpet in your living room and your bedrooms, think about all the furniture you have to move and be honest with yourself about how long it all could actually take. Before you start posting your job to have a handyman come over, be sure to find a trusted professional carpet cleaner.  When’s the last time you cleaned your carpet?