Cleaning your home’s carpeting. Seems easy, huh? However, some specialized tasks, such as removing a spot from a carpet, getting rid of an irritating pet odor from the family pet, or trying to find the best cleaning chemicals for the toughest jobs can actually end up causing more harm than good. There are three things you should always do when cleaning your home’s carpeting:

Spot removal
When we find a spot on our carpeting, there are two things we tend to do. First is to put way too much cleaning solution on the spot, saturating it, and even getting the padding wet. This just spreads the spot and causes trouble in the future. Next, we tend to scrub way too long and way too hard. This can fray the fibers and you can’t fix that. So when you get a spot, put some solution on a white towel and blot. Never scrub or rub.

Odor removal
The biggest question when our pet does their thing on the carpet is “How do I get it out?” That’s not always easy unless you give it attention right away. Pet urine will penetrate into the carpet, the padding, and even the subfloor. When it dries, over time it becomes sticky and smelly. Some people will put powdered carpet deodorizers on those spots, which only gums up the carpet and creates a residue very difficult to remove. Like with spot removal, blotting the area quickly is usually the best remedy if you decide to take matters into your own hands.

Using products
When one product works well and you find another one works well, too, the tendency is to mix them. Remember, never to mix ammonia and bleach. Both are effective products on their own but mixed together, they become deadly, releasing a toxic and poisonous gas. Other products on your shelf could, if mixed together, create toxic fumes that can cause harm to your family and pets. Always follow directions.

How can you avoid all these problems and challenges? It’s simple: Call your cleaning professional today. We’ll be right over to save the day.