DIY around the house is always an attractive option. Especially in terms of the savings it can bring the homeowner. While plumbing and electrical repairs and modifications are common DIY projects, how many home owners think about carpet cleaning? Not just vacuuming and brushing, but more thorough cleaning on a regular basis as part of looking after this expensive component of home decor? With the economy continuing to be in a slump and money being tight, more and more home owners are looking at this option.
Regular cleaning is essential to extend the life of your carpet. But the best of efforts can come to nothing if the right carpet cleaning supplies are not used. In fact, using substandard carpet cleaning supplies or those procured from manufacturers with a dubious, or even no reputation, can damage and even destroy carpets.
How is the layman to know what are good carpet cleaning supplies and what are not? The first and most basic precaution to be taken is to only buy carpet cleaning supplies with the blue and green Carpet Rug Institute (CRI) Seal Of Approval. The CRI is the industry association of carpet and rug makers and tests a wide range of carpet cleaning supplies to check how effective and safe they are.
What the CRI Tests for in Carpet Cleaning Supplies
The CRI tests cover the following areas:
Efficiency of the cleaning Does any coating created by or residue left by the product attract dirt? Does the product contain artificial brighteners that can affect the appearance and life of the carpet? Is the product excessively acidic or alkaline to the extent of damaging the dyes and colors? Does the product contain any chemicals that can cause the colors of the carpet to change? These are the main problems that can be caused by sub standard carpet cleaning supplies and the CRI certification reduces the possibility of the carpet cleaning supplies damaging your carpet.
How to Choose Carpet Cleaning Supplies
Home owners tend to get confused between commercial and professional carpet cleaning supplies.
Commercial products are those which have been made for sale to any and all users. They may be bought by the professional or the home owner and if the usage instructions are followed, the carpets should be effectively cleaned with little or no chance of any damage.
However, when buying these commercial carpet cleaning supplies, it is wise to check both the manufacturers’ specifications to ensure that it is suitable for your carpet and also the carpet specs to check if the carpet maker has not advised against the use of certain chemicals that may be part of the product formulation.
Professional cleaning products are meant for use by trained professionals. These carpet cleaning supplies are often very strong and designed for specific applications that may be beyond the understanding of the layman. They may also require the use of specialized equipment that the average home owner does not have and is not trained to use. It is better to leave the use of these professional grade products to the professionals as improper use can cause a great deal of damage.