How to use over the counter carpet cleaning products.
We have been seeing more and more problems with customers using over the counter carpet cleaning products. The problems we see is a carpet spotting product being used and not properly rinsed out. Most DIY carpet spot removers must be rinsed from the carpet after removing the spot. If not there will be a sticky residue left that will cause the spot to reappear. The most common response is to get the carpet spotter back out and hit the spots again. This only makes the problem worse. Professional carpet cleaning will help to resolve this issue for you.
How to remove a cleaning residue spot
So to resolve this problem the carpet needs to be rinsed, preferably with a carpet rinsing product. If you don’t have access to a rinsing product the next best option is to rinse with water. This will help but may not resolve the issue completely with the first rinsing. You may need to do it multiple times to get all the residue out.
The best way to rinse the residue out is to take a clean white towel and soak it with warm water and wring it out. Then take the towel and gently rub it over the spotted area multiple times. After rinsing the spot take a dry towel and try to dry it the best you can. Doing this should help with the spot reappearing. Or you can have Precise professionally clean your carpet to resolve any issues you have.
Read the Instructions
Make sure you read the directions on the carpet cleaning product before you use it and never pour the product directly on the carpet. The best way to remove a spot is to put a little carpet spotter on a white towel and gently transfer up the spot using the least amount of cleaning product possible. Then rinse the spot as described above.
Using a machine to spot clean your carpet
The other big problem we see is when a customer has used a machine to clean their carpet. Sometimes this is done correctly and only a small amount of cleaning product is used and the carpet is rinsed after, but more often too much cleaning product is used and it is not rinsed properly this causes a much bigger problem since the whole carpet will most likely be much dirty than ever in a few months. Some of the dirties carpet we have seen was recently cleaned using the equipment you rent from a hardware store. The good thing is this is normally a very obvious problem and is easily diagnosed and resolved by our technicians when we arrive.
You get what you pay for with over the counter carpet cleaning products
A good thing to remember is cheap over the counter carpet cleaning products are cheap for a reason and you get what you pay for. Most of these cheaper DIY products will make the carpet look clean but only for a short amount of time. At Precise Carpet Cleaning we use the best certified green cleaning and rinsing products available and make sure that we don’t leave any product residue when we are done. If you have or are experiencing any of these problems you can contact us for some help or to set an appointment for our certified technicians to come out and professionally clean and rinse the whole carpet.