Common DIY Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Your wall to wall carpeting and area rugs represent a significant investment in your Harrisburg home. And they certainly show the wear and tear of normal family life. When your dog has an accident, or a guest spills some red wine, you deal with the mess immediately but somewhat unscientifically. When you decide to really clean the carpets, you have three choices: spot clean with a cleaning product, do room at a time with a DIY portable steam cleaner, or hire professional treatment from a company like Mummert Home Services. Here are some problems with a haphazard approach:

Waiting To Dry Up a Spill 

If you are entertaining guests or walking out the door, it seems like an hour or two won’t matter. However, often the speed at which you react to spills on your carpet can make a significant difference in the end result. Never let a hot spill cool, or a cool spill dry! Protect the carpet and the surface underneath by immediately removing as much moisture as possible. 

Rubbing the Carpet

When addressing a spot on your carpet, your first instinct is to grab a damp tea towel and start frantically rubbing or scrubbing the area. This is a major no-no; it forces the substance deeper into the fibers. It can also damage the carpet fibres themselves, causing them to fray. Never use scrubbing tools or brushes. And keep old white towel or t-shirt around; you run the risk of the dye from colored fabric bleeding into the carpet as you clean. Avoid double the mess.

Not Testing Products

If you use stronger cleaning chemicals, there is a chance that they will react with the dyes or fibers in your home. Always read the label carefully, as some cleaning products are not suitable for all carpets. Get in the habit of picking an inconspicuous area for small spot test before addressing the main stain. 


An entirely new problem occurs when too much water soaks into the bottom of the carpet. Some backing materials discolor if they get too wet. Some carpets will shrink, literally tearing themselves up from the floor. If the backing and pad gets wet, it is very difficult to dry them, and you run the additional risk of mold and mildew problems.


Using too much shampoo or not adequately rinsing are practically inevitable with some DIY rental units. This is the biggest reason why even hard-core do-it-yourselfers should occasionally use a professional. The build-up of soapy residue can be impossible to clean out, leaving a carpet that is a virtual dirt magnet.

Rushing the Process

Home cleaning units don’t have the power to remove all the moisture after cleaning. The final carpet-cleaning hazard is stains caused by furniture coming into contact with still damp carpeting. Many kinds of wood furniture will release some of the dyes in their stain if left in contact with a wet surface. Often pieces of furniture have feet that are at least partially metal. The metal can rust, leaving a stain on the carpet.

When professionals clean your home, the carpets will be dry enough for furniture much quicker. 

Can Your Carpet Be Saved? 

If you’ve committed a DIY carpet stain removal mistake, or your carpet is past its best and you should call for professional help. Carpet cleaning by Mummert Home Services will get them looking fresh and clean again. Using advanced techniques and industry-best cleaning products, Mummert will restore your carpets with minimal stress to you.

Mummert Home Services is a top-rated home cleaning service that specializes in carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, duct cleaning, and house washing. Mummert always uses industry best cleaning methods and advanced equipment to make your home shine. Located in Harrisburg, they also serve customers in York, and surrounding counties.