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Why Homemade Carpet Cleaners Are Not Recommended

We certainly appreciate the DIY spirit when it comes to home ownership, but there are some things that should be left to the professionals. Carpet cleaning is one of those things. Throughout our time in business, we have heard countless stories of failed DIY attempts. Sometimes the carpet damage is beyond repair. As a result, we cannot recommend using a homemade carpet cleaner. Read on to find out why these methods can cause more harm than good.

Method Matters

Many homemade carpet cleaners are soap or detergent based, which requires moisture to rinse clean. In addition to being too harsh for some carpets, failure to rinse thoroughly leaves a residue which actually attracts more dirt. This is why people often say the stain reappears after cleaning in just a matter of weeks. Soap based recipes for at home use generally lead to a few problems like:
  • Over application of soap solution
  • Using too much water to rinse, totally saturating the carpet
In order to avoid harsh detergents or soaps, people often use more natural ingredients like baking soda. Some methods suggest you shake a powdered solution of baking soda and laundry detergent on the carpet, then vacuum it up after some time. While this may be effective in the short term, eliminating odors temporarily, it doesn’t actually deep clean the carpet fibers.

A Homemade Carpet Cleaner May Worsen The Problem

We often talk to homeowners who come to us after they have tried to clean a stain themselves, and it actually made the stain worse! The stain keeps reappearing, or it has gotten larger as their soap and water soaked carpet lets it bleed over into new areas. This is not uncommon. In some cases, we see areas where the use of vinegar has lightened the dye or altered the carpet color. Instead of saving money by tackling the carpet cleaning themselves, now the homeowners have to replace the carpet.

CitruSolution’s Low Moisture Method

When it comes to carpet cleaning, trust the professionals. We understand carpet materials and how to clean them safely. Our natural citrus based cleaning solution is not like other soaps or detergents. It’s potent and concentrated, requiring much less water than other methods. Your carpet will be clean and dry in just a few hours. If you have any questions about why our service is superior to homemade carpet cleaners, feel free to reach out. We are happy to discuss our process, and why we believe it’s the best way to keep your carpet clean year after year.
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