How Not to Clean Plymouth Carpets - Scrub & Shine South West

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How Not to Clean Plymouth Carpets

Most of us have been in this situation before. You have a lovely carpet – it might be a very nice cream colour, it could be a deep red, and you have spilt something in it. This is naturally a crisis situation, and trying to figure out what to do for the best can be tricky. 

It might be interesting for people to know that there are certain things you just don’t do when it comes to Plymouth carpet cleaning, because you will invariably make the situation worse. Your best bet will always be to hire a professional to come and clean the big stains for you, but there are things not to do in the immediate aftermath of a spill, as well as things to do whilst waiting for a professional company to get out to you.

DON’T Try Every DIY Cleaning Method

When people spill something on the carpet, the first instinct is to start trying every possible cleaning method they have ever been exposed to in order to get rid of the stain quickly and make the problem go away. This is, by far, one of the worst things that you could possibly do.


This is really not the time to delve into your book of home remedies or Googling ‘cleaning up Plymouth carpet stains.’ The statistical likelihood is that you will fail to clear up the stain, and will most likely damage the carpet in trying to clean it, or make the stain worse. Try and blot up the worst of it, but don’t start every home remedy you can possibly think of because it will not help. 

DO Clear As Much As You Can 

Whilst waiting for a professional to turn up, you will want to make sure that you blot out as much of the liquid as you can. If there are chunks of food, or a puddle of liquids on the carpet, soak up as much as you can with a piece of tissue in order to stop it from setting in the carpet too badly.

Just use a plain tissue (not a coloured one), don’t use any cleaning chemicals, and blot up as much as you can. The professionals will handle the rest, but the less work they have to do, the quicker and easier it is for everybody involved. 

DON’T Scrub

When dealing with a stain on your Plymouth carpet, it can be very tempting to try and scrub it out. This is not the correct way to do things. You might think that by scrubbing, you’re helping the situation, but the truth is that you’re making it a lot worse.

If you decide to start scrubbing, then you’re effectively going to be damaging the carpet even further, and spreading the stain. The more that you scrub, the more that you push the stain into the fibres of the carpet, making it harder to get out. Plus, you tend to kind of spread the stain around a bit, and it’s just an unpleasant business. Wait for a professional. 

Hire a Pro, Fast 

Obviously, you are going to want to hire a professional to come and sort out the problem as quickly as you can to make sure that your carpet gets back to the way it should be without permanent damage.

In the majority of situations, you do not possess the tools and the expertise required to completely remove the stain. Those prominent stains, like for example a dark red liquid over a white Plymouth carpet, is going to be particularly challenging to deal with unless you are a pro. The best thing that you can do is to hire a professional to come as soon as they can, and avoid trying to fix the situation for yourself. 

Final Thoughts 

Trying to clean your Plymouth carpet without professional expertise can be a recipe for disaster. Carpet is a very sensitive thing, and the fibres in it can very quickly become damaged if you attempt to clean without the expertise and knowledge of what you’re doing. If you’re going to try and remove a stain, you need to hire a professional for anything that is significant, or be very quick and professional in your own attempts. Even so, it’s still not something that’s recommended unless you know exactly what you’re doing.

Whatever you do, don’t try and fix the problem for yourself if it’s a massive stain, because you’ll just damage your carpet and make the problem worse. A professional will have to clean the carpet regardless of what home remedy you try, and that job becomes a lot harder if the fivers are damaged, or there are a lot of random cleaning components in there that you have used in a futile attempt to remedy the situation. 

For more details about our Plymouth carpet cleaning service, please get in touch with us. Call 07946 602786 to discuss your requirements.