Taking care of the carpets is fairly simple. Contrary to popular belief, vacuuming often is healthy for your carpets and tending to spills as quickly as possible to prevent staining is essential. Vacuuming is best done daily, especially if your carpets are prone to spills because treating them is easier done on cleaner carpets. But when these accidents happen, people turn to the internet for advice on how to treat these potential stains. The problem people take these DIY formulas and find they do not work as promised. We at Go Green Carpet Cleaning & Restoration would like to talk about the common ingredients in home remedies and their uses.

Common Carpet Cleaners & Cleaning Solutions

Dish Soap: Grease and grime derived from cooking and is cleaned by mild dish soap, which is then rinsed after it is cleaned. When people use it on carpets to care for greasy substance spills the issue is that people will use too much and/or not rinse it off the surface. Too much mild soap can be challenge to get off the carpets and the residues left behind if not fully cleaned off, will attract dirt and debris that will lead to brown spots an possible damage.
Ammonia: Ammonia can be effective, but it is recommended on stubborn stains as a last resort. It is a high alkaline chemical that can actually be damaging to carpets if misused and cause difficulty breathing. If you chose you to risk using it, do so with extreme care.
Water: Water is actually a better option to initially treat spills, especially seltzer water or club soda. The issue is that people over saturate the area, which leads to water damage and mold growth on the carpets, sub floor, and padding. Use a dry towel in between applications to prevent over saturation and only lightly dampen the area.
Vinegar: A natural disinfectant that kills germs and many odors, vinegar is a frequent ingredient to DIY solutions. But the issue is that it is insufficient at removing stains. Some recommend mixing it with baking soda, which still doesn’t fight stains but only results in peracetic acid that causes skin irritation and problems breathing. Where it can be useful in different applications, just keep in mind if you are primarily targeting potential spots and stains, vinegar isn’t the best option.
Hairspray: Hairspray is a sticky product used to help hold hair in place after styling. When used as a home remedy for carpets, commonly to treat ink and related spots, it is because of the rubbing alcohol content the hairspray has. After the treatment, the hairspray residue is left behind and the contaminates and soils attaches the stickiness left behind. If you use the hairspray, be sure to remove the stickiness from the fibers to avoid brown spots and damage.

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When your carpets have stains and spots, instead of reaching for questionable DIY formulas, call in the experts of Go Green Carpet Cleaning & Restoration and let our specialists lift the stains from your carpets, neutralize the odors, and restore the vibrancy.