HOW MUCH HAS THIS QUICKIE LITTLE PROJECT COST YOU SO FAR ???
WELL DON'T STOP NOW. YOU'REJUSTGETTINGSTARTED !!!!
Now you have to drag all of this stuff to your car. Speaking of which ... is it going to fit in that sporty little thing you just bought? It wasn't designed for hauling, you know. And you didn't even think about bringing the roof-mounted storage thing-y. But let's assume that you're able to squeeze it all into the car without causing any damage, and that you even manage to get it from the car into the house -- after several very tiring trips! Now it's time to read the instructions and put it all together. Sure hope that all of the pieces are in the little bag that they gave you. For that matter, hope that this crazy thing is working properly.
Now you're ready to clean ...
But wait -- there's more! You need to move the furniture out of the way (no small task in most cases). The kids left their toys strewn all over the place -- again. And the dog just knocked over his bowl of kibbles while chasing the ball through the house. Oh Nuts! You forgot to vacuum under the sofa. Just look at all of those crumbs and popcorn kernels. So that's where the remote control disappeared to, huh?!? Skip the vacuuming. You've got enough to do for now -- especially since you rented the red machine by the hour. Can't waste all day, you know! Besides, isn't that what the machine is supposed to do: CLEAN?
Next you run the faucet in the bathroom to get the tap water as hot as you can (a maximum of 120° in most homes), mix up the detergent according to the instructions, put it into the red machine and begin cleaning. But several things keep bouncing around the back of your mind:
♣ Do you know where and how much traffic lane cleaner to use? Too much could be a bigger problem than not enough.
♣ Do you know exactly what kind of spot you're looking at? Probably not ... but you pick up one of the spot removers that you just purchased and squirt it on anyhow. Is the spot gone or is it still there? Does it look like it's getting bigger? Did you use the RIGHT spot remover for that particular spot? Who Knows!
♣ In frustration, because the spot didn't come out, you begin to scrub at it with a brush. OH NO -- the carpet is starting to look fuzzy! But is the spot still there?
♣ Will you now try some bleach on the spot that's in the middle of a frayed area? Did the bleach do the trick? Is the spot still there? Stubborn little bugger, isn't it?!? Now you have a spot inside a fuzzy area that's all bleached out. YIKES -- could it possibly get any worse?
OH FORGET IT! Just keep on cleaning, but know that the frayed, bleached-out mystery stain will have to be patched because it is no longer correctable. Is that something you can fix yourself? Do you have any spare carpet to use as a patch? Will the existing used carpet and the unused, new-looking patch blend together well enough? Or will the differences be terribly noticable? Will the patch be in a high traffic area? Do you have the right tools to cut out the carpet and splice in a new piece? What about the adhesive? Do you know which one to use? Do you know which direction to lay the new piece so it's the least obvious? Maybe you should call in a professional to make the repair. Wonder how much that's going to cost?
"The disappointment of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of cheap price is forgotten."
ARE YOU STILL INCLINED TO CLEAN THE CARPET YOURSELF?
THEN TRY TO IMAGINE YOURSELF IN THIS FUN LITTLE SCENE:
First you go to a store to rent one of those red machines. If it's a beautiful Spring Day, or if the holidays are fast approaching, you may have to go several places before you find a cleaner that has not already been reserved. (Everyone seems to get the same idea just about the same time, you know.) Once you finally locate this do-it-yourself piece of equipment, you realize that you hadn't calculated the square footage of your carpet, so you don't know what quantity of supplies to buy (cleaning detergent, traffic lane cleaners, multiple spot removers, defoamer and rinsing agent -- just to name a few). As you attempt to call your significant other to find out the room sizes, your cell phone's battery dies. And there's not a payphone in sight! Now What ...? In the meantime, the rental agent, (probably some high school kid working as a part-time grocery clerk) is getting impatient, so you just grab a little bit of everything. Hmmm ... maybe you should buy extra ... just in case!
IF NOTHING ELSE ...
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FOR A LAUGH!
UNLESS, OF COURSE, YOU'VE EXPERIENCED
SOME OF THESE SCENARIOS.
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SO YOU WANT TO CLEAN YOUR
YOU THINK THAT IT'S A NO-BRAINER & THAT ANYONE CAN CLEAN CARPET, RIGHT???
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Besides all of the grief and aggravation that cleaning the carpet yourself can cause, please keep these things in mind:
♦ Major carpet manufacturers recommend cleaning your carpet every 6 - 18 months;
♦ Many carpet manufacturers even make regular cleaning a stipulation of the carpet's warranty;
♦ The cleaning method recommended by those same manufacturers is hot water extraction (a.k.a. steam cleaning);
♦ If your carpet gets visibly dirty, you may have already voided its warranty;
♦ If you clean the carpet yourself using products or equipment not recommended by the manufacturer, you could unintentionally void your carpet's warranty.
And what does a voided warranty mean to you? Well ... it could mean several things. But if you want to be safe, we strongly urge you to thoroughly and carefully read your carpet's warranty to determine the manufacturer's recommendations and stipulations.
Didn't get a warranty with your new carpet purchase? We suggest that you contact your retailer to request a copy. Or you may be able to find some of the details online at the manufacturer's website.
The cleaning attachment that came with your little red rental machine is way too short for someone of your stature, which causes you to lean forward, which is why your back aches. Maybe you should call the Chiropractor for an adjustment. But now, in the process of applying a little extra pressure to those nasty, dirty streaks, your hands are really sore, too! Is that a blister you see???
Your formerly hot water has rapidly cooled so that you're now trying to ''steam clean" with cold water. Feel the water that's coming out of your machine. Cold, right? Suddenly you realize that your wonderful little red machine has no way of heating the water. And that would be fine -- IF you were doing laundry with All Temp-A-Cheer. But you're not -- you're trying to clean a carpet! And, so, because the cold water doesn't clean carpet nearly as well as hot water, you are flushing the carpet with even more water -- trying to remove at least some of the visible dirt. On top of everything else, all of this H20 has left your carpet overly wet, which will now take a VERYlong time to dry.
During this VERY long drying time (it could be days depending upon how badly you soaked it), everybody and their brother marches through the house, bringing in mud, dust, grass, grease, oil and grime -- all of which stick to your squishy carpet. Now all of your hard work is completely wasted. What's more ... the rinsing agent that you paid an arm and a leg for, didn't do a very good job of removing the detergent, which means that the sticky residue you feel when you touch the carpet, is actually attracting even more dirt! On top of everything else, everyone who helped to make such a mess of your soggy carpet is now complaining about how wet it is, how bad it looks, how musty it's beginning to smell and how they slide across every hard surface in the house. Everyone, that is, except the dog. He kinda likes sliding around.
But you'll deal with all of the moaning and groaning later because, right now, you have to load that stupid little red rental machine back into your car and return it to the store before closing time or else you will get dinged for an extra day. By now, you're so tired that you can't even remember which one of the dozen or so places you stopped, actually rented the machine to you.
By the way ... what are you going to do with all those left-over chemicals? Are you going to keep those partial bottles under the kitchen sink -- within arms reach of the kids? Maybe you've got the perfect spot in the garage to store them. But will you remember where that ''perfect spot' is next time you need to touch up the carpets? Or will someone throw away all of your supplies while ambitiously cleaning the garage? Yea -- Right! Will the cleaning products be affected by temperature fluctuation when summer turns to winter? For now, you're sick and tired of thinking about carpet cleaning. You'll worry about that later.
In the meantime, come laundry day, you notice that some of the residue from the carpet is sticking to the kids' clothes as they play on the floor. And what's all of this fuzzy stuff on everything? Could it be pet hair? Guess it's time to call the groomer, because the dog seems terribly sticky for some strange reason. He's probably been rolling around where he shouldn't have been! Bathing may help the dog's stickiness, but will it reduce the amount of hair that is still on the carpet? Maybe a good vacuuming will help.
And so it goes ... every time you turn around, it seems that the carpet needs to be cleaned again. And the intervals between cleanings are getting shorter and shorter. Could it be that the old wives' tales are true? Never clean a carpet before it is absolutely necessary because it will never be the same again? Is it possible that cleaning a carpet really does cause it to get dirty faster? Or is the re-soiling simply because the soap, spotter and other OTC products that came with that stupid little red rental machine were never completely removed from the carpet?
Imagine, if you will, washing your hands but not completely rinsing off the soap. Your hands feel sticky, don't they? And that is EXACTLY what happens when cleaning products are left in your carpet. They become a magnet for every kind of dirt imaginable, which is what causes the carpet to get dirty faster. It's not that you cleaned it. Instead, it's because you didn't rinse it thoroughly OR properly!
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