I have been seeing a lot of problems with customers using over the counter carpet cleaning products. The problems I see are a carpet spotting product being used and not properly rinsed out. ALL DIY carpet spot removers must be rinsed from the carpet after removing the spot or there will be a sticky residue left that will cause the spot to reappear over time. The most common response is to get the carpet spotter back out and hit the spots again, or to hire a home cleaning company.
This only makes the problem worse. To resolve this problem the carpet needs to be rinsed, preferably with a carpet rinsing product. If you don’t have access to a rinsing product the next best option is to rinse with hot water. This will help but will not resolve the issue completely with the first rinsing; you will need to do it several times to get the residue out.
The best way to rinse the residue out of the carpet is to take a clean white towel and soak it with hot water and wring it out, then take the towel and gently rub it over the spotted area multiple times. After rinsing the spot take a dry towel and try to dry it the best you can this should help with the spot reappearing.
Please read all of the directions on the cleaning product before you use it and never put the product directly on the carpet. The best way to remove a spot is to put a little carpet spotter on a white towel and gently transfer up the spot using the least amount of cleaning product possible. Then rinse the stain as described above.
The other problem I see is when a people have used a machine to clean their carpet. Sometimes this is done correctly and only a small amount of cleaning product is used and the carpet is rinsed several times after, but more often too much cleaning product is used and it is never rinsed properly this causes a much bigger problem since the whole carpet will most likely be more dirty than ever in a few months.
Some of the dirtiest carpets we have seen was recently cleaned using the equipment you rent from a store. A good thing to remember is cheap cleaning products are cheap for a reason and you get what you pay for. Most of these cheaper DIY products will make the carpet look clean but only for a short amount of time. I use the best certified green cleaning and rinsing products available and make sure that I don’t leave any product residue when we are done.