• July 21, 2016

Taking care of cleaning chores around the house is something homeowners have been doing since houses were invented. Not much thought goes into it other than it just needs done.

However, some specialized tasks, such as removing a spot from a carpet, getting rid of an irritating pet odor from the family dog or trying to find the best cleaning solution for those tough jobs can actually end up causing more harm than good.

Spot/Stain removal

When we find a stain on the carpet, there are two things we tend to do. The first is to put wayyyyyy too much cleaning solution on the spot, saturating it and even getting the padding wet. This just spreads the spot and causes problems in the future. The second is we tend to scrub way too long and way too hard. Scrubbing like that 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 pets do their thing on the carpet is “How do I get it out?” That’s not always easy unless you get to it right away. Urine will penetrate into the carpet, the padding and even the subfloor, and when it dries, over time it becomes sticky and smelly. Some 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 for the do-it-yourself types.

Using products

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

How can you avoid all these problems and challenges? It’s simple: Call your cleaning professional’s at ProDry today. They’re trained in the proper identification of fabrics and the cleaning techniques needed to get your carpets, rugs and upholstery looking and smelling good again!