Carpets in our homes get a suffer a lot of wear and tear. They’re walked across every day, with socked feet and sometimes those sneaking across wearing shoes, and by pets who can scratch up carpets and track mud. Considering how much traffic they get, carpets do need to be taken care of with more than just a quick push of a vacuum back and forth every so often. Having your carpet properly cleaned will help it last and keep bacteria and allergens from taking up residence in your home. Think of every spill you’ve ever had on your carpet. That could be housing bacteria that has been growing since the spill occurred! While it may be tempting to DIY your carpet cleaning, this can result in disaster. Here are some DIY carpet cleaning disasters that will make you want to get your carpets cleaned by a professional.


The machines that you can rent at a store to get your carpets clean are small. They have to be small. Otherwise, you would not be able to transport them from the store to your house! Or lift them without a team! The problem with a small unit though is it cannot possibly have the same power as a larger unit that the professionals use. Those bigger internal motors and pumps can get water and cleaning solutions deeper into your carpet, and suck up more dirt, grime, and bacteria than you ever could on your own. They have more suction, heat, and pressure. The handheld units that you can purchase are good for spot treatment when you have a little spill, but they cannot possibly do an entire


Even though you can get good results with a unit you rent from a store, the reality is that you don’t really know how to use it. There are instructions, of course, but using too much water and not extracting it properly can cause some disastrous ends. When too much soap and water is left on a carpet, it becomes a huge slip and fall hazard, and when you transition from the still damp and soapy carpet and onto the hardwood, you can fall and hurt yourself. A professional carpet cleaning company has the experience needed to get your carpets clean and as dry as possible, with no soap left behind.

DIY Treatments

There are tons of DIY cleaning solutions online that recommend you try this product, or that product, or mixing these cleaners together. Baking soda and vinegar for spot treatment is a popular one. However, it does literally nothing to remove a stain. When you combine baking soda and vinegar it may look like the bubbles are breaking up the stain, but this is really just a chemical reaction that is turning the baking soda and vinegar into a harmless solution of water and a type of liquid salt. It is a waste of time to use a lot of these DIY cleaning hacks and sometimes can be dangerous.

Your carpets will get their cleanest and look their best if you hire a professional team to get the job done for you. Call us today at 604-762-7549 Shine Carpet for carpet cleaning in Coquitlam and carpet cleaning in Maple Ridge, and we’ll get the job done right.


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