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5 reasons You Shouldn’t do DIY Carpet cleaning

5  Reasons you shouldn’t clean your own carpets


Here is a list of reasons not to clean your own carpet ,but hire a professional with the correct Machinery and training. Here is what is in my Van

No 1. It’s Hard Work

To achieve a Deep clean to remove maximum Soiling and stains requires a lot of processes.

Moving furniture, Vacuuming, pre-spraying, agitation,extraction ,filling and emptying ,collecting ,returning and cleaning equipment


No 2.  It Will cost you more

Bissell, vaxs, etc cost from £100 to £300 and don’t do a very good job( they are of for spills and small areas). As lots of my regulars customers have found out and renting a Rug Doctor costs time money and effort,extra cleaning solutions,spotters for stains it all adds up



No 3. You could damage your carpet

Anything from shrinking to delamination over wetting, fibre damage mold all of these will ruin your carpets.

A professional carpet cleaner has the knowledge ,experience and equipment to avoid with all these outcomes


No 4. You will make them dirtier

Using too much detergent not extracting enough solution  all-cause rapid  resoiling which can permanently damage your carpet.

Bissels,vax and rug drs haven’t got enough power to adequately rinse and recover all the cleaning solution ,and at best all give a surface clean,which resoils quickly



Rapeid resoiled carpet

rapid resoiling caused by , not extracting all of the detergent or neutralising it

No 5. It’s a waste of your time

Your time is precious why waste up to 8hrs (for a full house) cleaning your carpets, when you can hire a professional and have it done in a quarter of the time and better.

Here are some pictures of diy carpet cleaning in  the wakefield & barnsley areas that I have been called to sort out . if you found this interesting please like our facebook page in the top left hand corner ,Thanks

Rug Dr re-soiling lines

wakefield diy disaster


over wetting

Picture 257

To much detergent


inadequate rinsing



How to clean your own carpets

Cleaning a carpet : we must follow 4 principles

1. Chemical.
Your chemical must be a dedicated carpet cleaning solution , and choose the correct one for the fiber construction of your carpet, wool carpets should no more than 5.5 ph , use up to 10.5 on heavily soiled polypropylene carpets

2. Agitation.
Helps distribute cleaning agents for maximum soil suspension and removal.
To use a cleaning solution without any agitation would require an increase in cleaning solution temperature, a stronger cleaning chemical and or more time

3. Temperature.
To use a cold cleaning solution would require an increase in agitation, chemical action and or time.

4. Time
To minimize time to perform a cleaning task would require an increase in cleaning solution temperature, more agitation, and or a stronger cleaning product

When using this method , there is some points to follow.
Do not over wet , do not keep going over the same spot , as all you will do is soak the carpet and cause wick back.(Where a under lying stain returns through wicking)
Also put the correct dilution amounts of chemical into your spray , or severe re-soiling will happen

Items needed

• yard brush
• Carpet solution
• A sprayer for your solution
• White vinegar (optional)
• A Carpet cleaning machine ie; Vax, Rug doctor, Bissell

The vinegar acts as a deodoriser and helps to extract all the detergent residue, and organic soiling.
It also softens the fibres whilst neutralizing and rinsing all detergent out of the carpet.

Leaving it cleaner and smelling fresher longer.

Steps to follow

1. vacuum your carpet well , do it north to south then west to east slowly , as up to 80% of dirt is dry organic soil

2. Spray your chosen Carpet cleaning chemical onto carpet at recommended dilution rate. it should be enough just to dampen the carpet fibres.

use one of these to lightly spray the area to be cleaned

use one of these to lightly spray the area to be cleaned

Do not be tempted to put more than the recommended amount as this can cause rapid resoling issues.

3. Agitate chemical well into the carpet with a stiff clean yard brush. give it a good scrub , but not to much as it could cause fibre damage to wool carpets

lightly agite the solution int o the area to be cleaned

lightly agite the solution int o the area to be cleaned

4. Leave for 15 to 25 minutes depending on soiling , don’t let it dry out though

5. put plain hot water(not boiling) in your machine. Add a dash of white vinegar about 10ml per litre .DO NOT put any cleaning chemical in your machine just vinegar and hot water, the vinegar smell will disappear in 10 to 15 minutes

6. Extract using machine

7. Open windows and turn heating on if a wet or cold day.
Carpets should be dry in 2 to 4 hours .
You can help the drying process further by toweling the carpet , this works very well on stair carpeting as it stops wick back caused by very heavy soiling on the bottom 3 steps.
Nb we use Non detergent based products