Carpets Get Dirtier After Cleaning Fact Or Fiction?

The Trouble With Bubbles

As your carpet and upholstery cleaner in Lichfield we can tell you this is a fact!  Carpets and upholstery do get dirtier after cleaning. But this only applies to the easily hired DIY equipment you get to clean carpets and upholstery yourself. This is because the cleaning solutions they use are detergent based.  Professional carpet and upholstery cleaners in Lichfield, like us, stopped using this kind of solution about 15 years ago.

Detergent based cleaning solutions clean well but they leave a sticky residue. This attracts soiling, so the carpet or fabric gets dirty quicker. For example, washing up liquid is a detergent-based cleaner so rub some on your finger and let it dry. It leaves behind a tacky residue.

Why Carpets Shrink & Upholstery Smells

The only way to get rid of the tackiness is rinsing. If you use too much water you risk dampness damaging your carpet or upholstery. The result of this is we get calls saying, my carpet has shrunk or my furniture smells.

Fifteen years ago, when we had no choice but to use detergent-based cleaners, it was a trade-off whether we wet the carpet to get the bubbles out or leave the detergent in the carpet which would attract more soiling.

How Your Carpet And Upholstery Cleaner In Lichfield Gets The Best Results

Your professional carpet and upholstery cleaner in Lichfield steers well away from detergent-based cleaners.  We use micro splitter solutions instead. These are detergent free and are therefore better for the environment.  It’s also better for children and pets and self-neutralising to pH7.

We also clean at much lower temperatures using less heat which is better for the environment. And our machinery sucks water out so your carpets are dry enough to walk on when we leave.

It’s also worth saying that using cleaning products you buy in the supermarket, washing up liquid or washing powder can make your stains and soiling worse.  If these products have been used our ability to remove the stain falls dramatically.  Our best advice is to always get our advice.  It’s free and we are always available to answer questions or give a no-obligation quote. Please contact us.

Knight & Doyle are your expert carpet and upholstery cleaners in Lichfield and are Woolsafe approved. We are corporate supporters of St Giles Hospice and give a donation for every job we do.

Do’s And Dont’s Of Stain Removal

Stain remover that caused damage

In this blog we highlight some of the do’s and dont’s of stain removal on carpets and upholstery. We also bust some of the myths that we all know.  For instance home remedies like pouring white wine on red wine. As you will see, these myths could actually cause damage to your carpets and upholstery. And, while on the subject of myths, we will tell you the truth about the all-purpose stain removers you buy in the supermarket, especially the ones that say they remove 100% of stains, read on!

Because we are experts we give you the right information on the do’s and dont’s of stain removal on carpets and upholstery.

Do’s And Dont’s Of Stain Removal – The Myths

Myth: Pour White Wine On Red Wine Spill

Answer: Not effective – plus, less wine to drink! Most people swear by this one. They say that by pouring white wine is the best way to remove red wine stains. This is not effective all you have managed to achieve is possibly lightening the stain and made it bigger, plus you have already wasted a glass of red so why waste half a bottle of white! You will get much better results from hiring an experienced professional – we often treat red wine stains on carpets and upholstery with excellent results and you will save yourself half a bottle of white.

Myth: Rub The Stain To Remove It

Answer: Fatal mistake, rubbing at a stain will only increase the problem. Rubbing could cause irreparable damage especially to a carpet you run the risk of opening up the fibres and driving the stain deeper, you can also cause fibre burst which makes the stained area different to the rest of the carpet fibre and even if you are lucky enough to remove the stain the distortion of the fibres will look worse and can’t be repaired.

Myth: Use Washing Up Liquid, Dishwasher Liquid, Washing Powder

Answer: Please don’t – These products are a detergent using it as a spot cleaner will leave behind a sticky residue. As a result, your furnishings will get dirtier quicker. This is because it is designed to be washed away with a substantial amount of water – too much to use on carpets or upholstery if you don’t want to risk dampness damaging your furnishings! Also washing up liquid contains a colouring, think about it, we have seen furnishings damaged as a result of using red coloured washing up liquid.

Myth: Supermarket Off The Shelf Items Remove All Types Of Stains 100%

Answer: No, they wont. They can  make the problem far worse. If you ask any professional carpet and upholstery cleaner what their worst nightmare is it will almost certainly be “the client used an off the shelf product”.

The image above is a great example. A client used a well-known cleaning product and it caused black marks. The reason was the cleaner was foam based and not suitable for the fabric the furniture was made of.

Myth: Professional Spot And Stain Removal Is Expensive

Answer: Home remedies may seem like a low-cost solution for stain removal, but contacting a professional is the smart choice. Home remedies or ill-informed DIY can damage your carpet and upholstery, leading to a costly replacement which exceeds the amount charged for a stain removal.

Do’s And Dont’s Of Stain Removal – So, What Should You Do In The Event Of A Spill?

Act Fast But Don’t Panic

With any type of spillage, not just red wine, you should react quickly. Yes, you’ve made a mistake and wasted your drink, while ruining your carpet or upholstery in the process. But, by taking action before the spillage has chance to turn into an actual stain, you’ll be able to minimise the amount of damage it causes. However, it’s vital that you stay composed. Don’t act fast in a flustered manner. Instead, follow the tips that we’re going to provide you with, and you will notice a difference.

Apply Pressure

So, now you know that speed is the key factor, you’re going to need to know what to do with it…

Either get some kitchen roll, or get a white towel, and begin pressing on the spillage with all your weight behind it. Your aim is to try and soak up as much as possible, so that less is left on the carpet. Keep blotting away. At no point should you start scrubbing, just maintain the pressing or blotting motions. Once you notice nothing more is soaking up, grab a new towel again, wet it slightly, and press on it again. After doing that for a few minutes, and clearing up any excess, you’ll want to acquire a dry towel. Place the towel over the spillage, put something heavy on it, and leave it for a number of hours.

Know When To Seek A Professional

Check the stain, and if you can still see some staining then it’s time to seek a professional.

Is There A Product That Can Be Safely Used?

Yes, a number of professional carpet and upholstery cleaners have a general spotter that is effective on a number of stains, we in fact give these to some of our clients post cleaning, but most importantly they are safe to use on most furnishings. We also sell our our brand Professional Spot & Stain Remover. Ideally, you need to use our Neutralising Solution with it for the best results.

So to conclude, there are quite a few do’s and dont’s of stain removal on carpets and upholstery that it is well worth knowing. We hope this blog has been useful and if you do need expert advice on any kind of stain on your carpets or furnisings please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to give you expert advice.

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