The Difference Between Cleaning Carpets and Garments

laundryDid you think that being adept at cleaning clothes also makes you adept at cleaning carpets?

When you get right down to the heart of it, the difference between cleaning carpets and cleaning clothes or garments lies mainly in the cleaning requirements needed for the different types of materials from which the clothes or carpets are made of. And of course, the size, shape, and weight of the thing being washed do make a difference. While you can toss most clothes into the washer and be satisfied that it is thoroughly cleaned, the same cannot be said for carpets. Neither can you toss carpets into a dryer either, although it is essential that carpets be dried thoroughly after every cleaning.

Cleaning carpets is part of cleaning your house, and if you want to make a professional job of it, you may want to invest in quality carpet cleaning equipment. This is especially true if you are dealing with extensive carpeting and the inevitable accidents that will happen if you have kids and pets in the house.

It is recommended to hire professional carpet cleaning services to clean your carpets at least once every 6 to 12 months. In between these professional cleaning times, you as the homeowner has the responsibility for the daily cleaning and maintenance of your carpet, which usually entails regular vacuuming, and when necessary, spot stain treatments.

Cleaning carpets and garments do have one thing in common: one, it is advisable that you check the manufacturer’s tag to find out what the material is made of, and the do’s and don’ts of washing and cleaning. The second thing they have in common is on how stains should be handled, which is always to dab or blot, never to rub or scrub the cleaning solution that is recommended for most types of stains. This can be either plain water, alcohol, a detergent and vinegar water solution, or commercial cleaning solutions. Whether you are dealing with coffee stains, wine stains, pee or vomit stains, etc., it is advisable that you dab or blot and lift the stain, instead of trying to scrub it out.

Again, cleaning clothes, or laundering clothes depends on the type of material they are made of. Most clothes can be laundered as usual, whether machine or hand washed, and hung out to dry. Other types of clothes, however, do require more specialized handling.

Check the tag. Does it give specific instructions for washing and cleaning? Then, by all means, follow those instructions. Does it say dry clean only? Does it say to wash separately? Or are your clothes made of leather and do you find yourself dealing with a stain you cannot seem to remove with the usual wipe down with a damp cloth? For cleaning garments, every so often, you also do need to hire professional cleaning services.

Whether you are dealing with the prospect of cleaning your carpets or cleaning and laundering a bunch of your clothes, the intention is the same: to clean as thoroughly as possible, while at the same time preserving as much of the color and quality of the material as possible.