The Dangers of “Magic” Carpet Cleaners to Your Home’s Carpeting
You’ve accidentally dropped something on your carpet and naturally, your first instinct is to get something to try to clean it up as soon as you can. Suddenly you remember the bottle of ‘Super Duper All Purpose Carpet Cleaner’ that you picked up at the store a few months ago and that is what you reach for.
You do remember reading somewhere that blotting with soapy water is all you were supposed to do, but this is wine/ketchup/chili sauce. Water can’t cope with that surely, you must need a special carpet cleaner like the one in the cupboard. After all, the man on the TV said it was suitable for all carpets and all stains.
Unfortunately, as far too many homeowners have discovered, that magic spray may actually do more harm than good, whatever the loud man pitching the product might have promised.
Bye, Bye Color
Many off the shelf carpet spot cleaners contain some very harsh chemicals that will literally strip away the gorgeous color from your carpet. And once that color is gone, it’s not coming back.
Creating a Dirt Magnet
Most carpet stain treatments are designed to be sprayed on, left to set, and then wiped away. Usually though at least some of the product is left behind and over time that detergent and chemical residue will become a dirt magnet; The spot will get darker and darker as it attracts more dust and dirt and the effect will not be a pretty one.
Imagine shampooing your hair and then drying it without rinsing the shampoo out. You are going to be left with a sticky, dirt attracting mess, and you are essentially doing the same thing to your carpets with one of these stain products.
Is Your Carpet Ruined?
After you’ve attempted to remove the stain with you magic spray (unsuccessfully), you will probably end up considering turning to a Dayton, Ohio carpet cleaning professional in the hope that they will be able to ‘sort it out’.
This will still be a bit of a challenge for the carpet professional as by adding the chemical cleaner you may have set the stain. That is the actual stain structure has been altered by chemical ingredient applied to it. Yes, that magic cleaning product may have been produced by a company that is a household name but they are in no way professional grade carpet cleaning products.
An experienced company offering Eastern Indiana carpet cleaning will, fortunately, often be able to remove stains efficiently, but they cannot solve any color stripping damage. So the moral of this tale is listen to the soap and water advice and if a stain seems like it will be more than that can handle contact the pros to deal with it before causing lasting damage to the carpet you love so much.