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AVOIDING D.I.Y CLEANING DISASTERS

in Blog
on 16 April 2015

150415There is nothing quite like the look and smell of a freshly cleaned carpet, especially after our centrally heated houses have been closed to the elements during winter and the dust, grime and everyday soiling within our homes has become firmly embedded in our soft furnishings.

Professional carpet and upholstery cleaning is affordable but, unfortunately, some people choose instead to ‘Do-It-Themselves’, often with disastrous results.

The concept that it is “easy to clean carpets and upholstery” has been led by various sections of the popular media and manufacturers/suppliers of cleaning machines designed for use in the home. But the fact is that carpet and upholstery cleaning is not as easy as you may think.

Over the years there have been many reported cases of D.I.Y disasters. In more recent years some of these have involved the use of ‘steam machines’ which can be purchased in many of the retail chain stores throughout the country. The intense heat generated by these machines can cause the twists within the yarn in twist-pile carpets (which are heat-set during manufacture) to become unwound leaving the carpet looking very old and the pile felted. There have also been incidences of damage to upholstery where the fabric pile has become badly distorted and heat-set into a new position.

Additionally some other home-use carpet and upholstery cleaning systems, which utilise some form of extraction equipment, unfortunately instruct the user to add chemical cleaning solution to the clean water tank, the result being that the cleaned items are not properly rinsed and chemical residues are left behind.

Rinsing is a fundamental part of the cleaning process. Think about it, if you were informed that your D.I.Y cleaning process could very possibly leave behind a cocktail of chemicals in your soft furnishings - Phosphates (containing Phosphoric Acid), Polycarboxylates, Non-Ionic Surfactant Perfumes, Cyclodextrin (odour eliminator), Quaternary Ammonium Chloride (anti-microbial), alcohol, Sodium Polymethacrylate, Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (an anionic surfactant) to name but a few - you would be horrified… wouldn’t you?

Well, believe it or not, the above chemicals are listed as elements within some of the D.I.Y carpet cleaning solutions… scary isn’t it!

Chemical residues left behind in your soft furnishings following a cleaning process can cause rapid re-soiling. More worryingly, however, un-rinsed chemicals can be detrimental to your health and well-being causing rashes, breathing problems and the worsening of existing allergies.

Don't put your soft-furnishings and health at risk. Get a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning company, preferably a member of the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA), to do the job for you. NCCA members, such as ourselves, are professionally trained to carry out the job properly and safely and will ensure that there are no residual chemicals left in your soft furnishings following the cleaning process.

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