Why Steam Cleaning Carpet is Bad

A common form of carpet cleaning in Waukesha is steam cleaning. It’s something that someone can do on their own at home by renting a steam cleaner or can pay to have professionally done.

The steam cleaning process doesn’t actually involve steam but rather an excessive amount of hot water and soap being poured directly into your carpet. The rental machine or professional cleaner sprays hot water and soap and cleaning chemicals onto the carpet while simultaneously vacuuming the water and any dirt that it retrieves from the carpeting.

The process does temporarily clean carpets, however, there are many reasons why you shouldn’t have carpet steam cleaned that aren’t often advertised:

#1: Steam Cleaning Uses Too Much Water

One potential problem with steam cleaning carpet is that it will leave your carpet wet. Sometimes steam cleaners release more water while cleaning carpet than they are able to vacuum back up. This can result in your carpet being wet for long periods of time, even up to 24 hours or more, which could result in mildew growth or bacteria that could potentially ruin your carpet. Not to mention the inherent health ramifications of mildew and bacteria in your home.

#2: Steam Cleaning Uses Soap

You’re probably wondering how soap can possibly be a bad thing when it comes to carpet cleaning. But, when you think about it, the main purpose of soap is to act as a magnet to pull dirt and grime to the cleaning surface. Sometimes when a carpet is steam cleaned, similar to the excessive water, not all of the soap is removed in the process which leaves behind a sticky residue. That sticky residue will eventually act as a magnet and pull dirt, grime and stains to the surface not long after steam cleaning is completed, leaving your carpets looking almost as dirty as before.

#3: Steam Cleaning Uses Chemicals

Often times steam cleaners will require the use of harsh chemicals or detergents that can be toxic if used in excess or improperly. Professionals should be trained in the proper techniques, however, if you are renting a steam cleaning machine it is important to use the proper mixture of detergent to water in order to ensure an effective and safe solution. Detergents and chemicals can be avoided entirely by exploring alternative Waukesha carpet cleaning services.

These are just some of the potential concerns related to steam cleaning carpets. If you are looking for the best carpet cleaning in Waukesha, you will want to call Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield.

Champion Chem-Dry provides Delafield, Pewaukee, Mequon and surrounding Wisconsin cities with a low-moisture, green-certified alternative to steam cleaning that requires 1/5 the amount of water and no soap or harsh chemicals. The results are drier, cleaner and healthier carpets in your home or business. Guaranteed.

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Step-By-Step Carpet Stain Removal Tips

Uh oh! Coffee spill? Did your toddler use the living room floor as his paint canvas? Puppy didn’t make it outside in time? Carpet stains can be the worst. But, not to worry! The Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog is here to help with our own step-by-step process on how to remove carpet stains:

Act Fast. When it comes to cleaning carpet stains, timing is of the essence. Odds are the carpet in your home has been treated with a stain-resist treatment, so most spills can be addressed if immediate action is taken. The longer you wait to attempt removing the stain from your carpet, the more likely it is that the spill turns into a permanent stain. You don’t want that.

It’s important to remember that staining is caused by a variety of factors and no carpet is 100% stain-proof. Your best bet at preventing permanent stains is preventative measures. Champion Chem-Dry provides some great carpet care tips to keep dirt at the door and your carpets clean as can be.

Blot. Grab a dry, white, absorbent cloth or white paper toweling. It’s recommended that the material be color-free without printing to avoid any of the coloring bleeding over into the stain. Gently blot the stain (Don’t Scrub! See below).

Don’t Scrub! Scrubbing can cause pile distortion in the affected area of the carpet. Instead, continue to use a dry cloth or paper towel until the area is 100% dry. For a stain that includes a mix of liquids and solids, use a spoon to scrape up as much as possible. Solids should be removed as best as possible and vacuumed until there is no longer a trace of them.

If the spot can be identified, consult the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) Spot Solver tool on their website. The tool provides methods for cleaning stains ranging from blood, beer and beet juice to soup, soot and syrup.

Pretest. Pretest the spot removal product you intend to use in an inconspicuous area to ensure the solution won’t harm your carpet fiber or dye. Once you have applied the solution to the area you’ve chosen to test in, hold a white cloth where you’ve sprayed for 10 seconds. Examine the carpet and cloth for color transfer, color change, or damage to the carpet. If you notice any kind of change in the appearance of the carpet, it’s best to not use that solution to attempt to remove your carpet stain.

Less is More. Cleaning agents are often relatively strong, requiring only a small amount to efficiently remove or treat most stains. There’s no need to use an excessive amount. Just apply a small amount of the cleaner to a white cloth and work it gently into the stain for best results. Remember, “Just a dab will do ya!”

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Outside In. Start with the edges of the spill and work your way toward the center in order to prevent the spill from spreading across your carpet. Once again, be sure to blot the stain and avoid scrubbing. Absorb as much of the stain as possible and continue to repeat this step if necessary.

Stick with It. There’s no need to use alternative cleaning solutions if you are seeing the spill transfer to your cloth or napkin. That’s all the evidence needed to know that it is working.

Patience. Patience is key to removing carpet stains, especially the real tricky ones. Complete removal of the spill might mean you will need to repeat one of these steps several times. Don’t continue past this point until the stain is completely removed from your carpet.

Rinse. Now it’s time to rinse any of the remaining cleaning agent from your carpet. Rinse the affected area with cold water and then blot it with a different cloth until you’re confident that all traces of the solution are gone. If the solution isn’t completely removed there’s a chance it could cause resoiling in your carpet and lead to future stains.

Dry. Weigh down a half-inch of white paper towel with heavy object on top of the affected area of your carpet. Change the paper towel as needed until the area is dry. If you need the stain to dry faster, a dry compound can be used, although the paper towels typically work well over time.

Call. If you’ve completed each of the above steps and the stain remains you will want to call a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha.

Champion Chem-Dry offers specialty stain removal techniques as part of their carpet cleaning services in Brookfield, Delafied, Mequon, New Berlin, Pewaukee and surrounding Wisconsin cities. Champion Chem-Dry staffs 5-Star Technicians with multiple years of experience in the industry and are confident that that if their technicians can’t remove a stain, no one can.

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