1) Forgetting to Remove Furniture
Be it lack of help or sheer laziness, many DIYers don't remove furniture before steam or deep cleaning. Here's the problem with this scenario: Dye, wood varnish, and other coloring agents seep into wet fibers, resulting in permanent stains. Do you have modern, metallic-based furniture? And what happens with metal when it gets wet? Yes, it rusts! Suddenly, that DIY that was going to save you a lot of money, just cost you a pretty penny in the end.
2) Using Too Much Water
When large amounts of water seep into the material, it becomes totally soaked and nearly impossible to dry out. Once that water gets into the underlay, that backing soaks it up like a sponge, usually causing discoloration. Not only are you left to deal with stains, but you'll also have mildew and mold to worry about now. In many cases, surfacing will also shrink, becoming so tight that the materials tear in the process. Talk about a headache!
3) Using Too Much Cleaning Agent
If it's not too much water, it's too much cleaning agent! In this instance, many homeowners don't rinse the fibers properly, leaving behind shampoo residue. That filmy, often-filled-with-chemicals residue can be a real pain, if not impossible, to clean. That leaves you with a slippery, filmy dirt magnet.
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