The Most Common Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Mistakes in Clapham 24Oct 2014

cleaning carpets

Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

We all make mistakes – and that’s perfectly human. But when our mistakes cost us something we have paid money on (or simply something that is very dear to us), we wish we had never made them. House cleaning in Clapham, like everything else out there, is filled with “secrets” many of us are not familiar with. And among all types of house cleaning, carpet cleaning makes absolutely no exception from this rule!

Not cleaning your carpets the right way can ruin their appeal, their texture and their colour – and this stands true in the case of upholstery as well. What are those mistakes you will never want to make when cleaning off your carpets or upholstery item? We have gathered some of the most common ones out there and put them in the following list:

don't cut labels

Cutting the labels

If the upholstery or carpets in your home in the SW11 region came with labels, then they are there for a purpose and they should not be removed. You can simply tuck them underneath if you are worried that they may ruin the appearance of your carpets or upholstery. But whatever you do, do not tear them off. The main reason you shouldn’t do this is because, as you will see later on, these labels contain important information on how you should be cleaning these items without ruining them.

water solvents

Using Water Solvents on Fabrics that Don’t Allow Them

Remember those labels mentioned before? Most likely, they will contain one of the following codes: W, S, WS or X. The W stands for water detergents (which basically means that you can use liquid detergents). The S stands for dry solvent cleaners. The WS stands for both of them (so items with this label will allow both dry solvent cleaners and water detergents. As for the X, that one stands for professional cleaning services.

rug cleaning

Scrubbing, not Blotting

If you have spilled something on your carpet or upholstery, the one thing you can do to make it worse is to scrub the stain off. This will only “help” the stain impregnate even more into the fabric and it will make it spread over a wider surface as well! Instead, blot the surface using a clean piece of cloth until all the “excess” of the stain is absorbed into the cloth.

stain removal techniques

Not Having the “Know-How”

There are certain types of stains that have to be dealt with in a particular way if you want to be actually successful with them. For example, grease stains on carpets and upholstery should be removed by first sprinkling baking soda over the stain and allowing to absorb the grease. Then, you will have to apply dry solvent cleaning or water-based detergent (according to the type of fabric the upholstery/carpet is made of) and you will have to repeat the process until the stain is completely removed.

vacuum cleaning

Not Vacuuming Properly

Invest in a good vacuum, both for your floors and carpets and for your upholstery. Yes, upholstery has to be vacuumed as well, especially since this will help you keep the dirt off and it will also help you re-vitalise the colours of your upholstery as well.

professional cleaners

Not Calling the Professionals

When you know that you care very much about a particular item or when the label says so, do call for the services of a professional cleaning company in Clapham, SW4. Truth be told, you will not be saving money by not doing this, as you risk ruining something that was quite expensive (especially since carpets labelled with X are usually sensitive or antique). Better to be safe than to be sorry, especially when it comes to items you really like!

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