Using Household Chemicals for Cleaning Clothes vs. Carpets, Rugs, and Upholstery

May 8, 2023
Household Chemicals

Do you also use your regular household chemicals to clean your carpets, rugs, and upholstery? If yes, then this blog is for you. Here we have discussed how using household cleaners for cleaning clothes is different from using them for carpet, rug and upholstery cleaning.

Household cleaners like laundry detergent and similar chemicals are often advised to use for cleaning your carpets, upholstered furniture and area rugs. Even though these chemicals have similar properties to products used to clean your furnishing, improper cleaning using these household chemicals can have worse effects. This problem majorly occurs when you clean using DIY methods.

In the case of cleaning clothes, we mix the cleaning chemical either in a tub of water or in the washing machine. Mixing the cleaning agent in water dilutes it and makes it easy to remove, along with dirt and stains.

But when it comes to cleaning carpets, upholstery, and rugs, these chemicals get deep inside the fibres without diluting and become impossible to extract. It not only causes reappearing stains but also leads to permanent discolouration or chemical burns.

Also, clothes have a thinner fabric compared to your furniture and rugs. Cleaning solution and its residue can be easily washed out from clothes by rinsing but it is not possible while cleaning carpet, upholstery or rugs as they have thick and multi-layered fabrics. The foam produced by cleaning chemicals stocks to the fibres and attracts dirt and soil particles.

Upholstery Cleaning

Besides that, some upholstery fabrics like velvet and silk require very gentle cleaning. Similarly, some carpets and rugs require dry cleaning compounds. Using these household chemicals can badly damage such special fabrics.

The bottom line is, house cleaning solutions can be used to clean your carpet, rugs, and upholstery but they can lead to permanent staining or damage to your furnishings if not handled correctly.

Therefore, hiring professionals for cleaning your carpet, upholstery and rugs remains the best option to get satisfactory cleaning without causing any damage.
If you want to learn more about cleaning carpets, upholstery or rugs, at Magic Carpet Cleaning, we are always there to help you. Our experts can assist you in solving all your queries without coming out. Just give us a call at 020 8930 2650 and talk to our experts today!