Part 1: Monique and Martin
As tempting as it is, do-it-yourself cleaning can result in far more work, more money and more time when you consider the things that can go wrong. DIY sometimes works, sometimes it doesn’t. Would you risk your home, office, property or bond? Check out the stories below of people who, despite their best intentions, created more cleaning problems than solutions.
Monique’s Carpet Cleaning Disaster
Distant but important relatives were coming in from Brisbane and Monique wanted to make a good impression. Among her many chores is the carpet. It has not been cleaned in ages and it was showing signs of wear and tear. Plus that huge blot of coffee stain is not helping either.
She knew carpet cleaners could do the trick but she wanted to try something new, she rented a cleaning machine and did the cleaning on her own. After a good day’s work, the stain was removed, the colors brighter and the carpet definitely cleaner. The carpet was a bit damp but she thought it would dry up by the time her guests arrive. The bad news is it did not dry up on time but that was only the beginning Monique’s headache.
The carpet was left wet for days and there was a smell of damp fabric that saturated the entire living room. Left with no time, she burned peppermint oils just to mask the smell. After a couple of weeks, the guests left and Monique hoped that by this time, the carpet was dry. It wasn’t. The carpet was dry in the surface but when she pressed into it, she can still feel the dampness. The moisture seemed to have caused some discoloration. The worse has yet to come.
Monique decided to air out the carpet but when she lifted it, she discovered what appeared to be moulds. The oils masked not only the damp smell but also the odour of the moulds. She knew that it wouldn’t be long when her daughter’s asthma attacks sets in. Not wanting to risk her carpet or her child’s health any longer, she decided to do what she was supposed to have done in the first place, get a professional carpet cleaner.
Martin’s Oven Auto Cleaning Mistake
Martin thought of himself as a responsible and proud oven owner. It was one of those ovens that had an auto-cleaning function. No need to get down on his hands and knees, breathe in dangerous fumes, use some elbow grease and sacrifice a weekend for cleaning. With the auto clean function, a few touch of the buttons and the self cleaning cycle is set and Martin thought he can just sit back and relax. He was wrong.
The auto clean function is intended to turn up the heat in the oven to a point that it will turn any grease, dirt or debris into ash. An average of 3 to 4 hours is needed to complete the cycle. Once completed, Martin still needed to do a bit of manual labor. He had to use a smooth sponge with soap to wipe the ash and once done, he called it a day. He has been doing this at least once a month. It was on the fourth month that he began to notice a pattern.
He had to regularly replace popped fuses. One or two of the switches in the control panel seemed to burn out but he was not sure. It turns out the auto clean function can do more harm that good because of the extreme temperatures that it subjects the oven. Martin was not one to give up that easily.
He decided to take matters into his own hands and clean the oven on his own. With the strongest detergent on hand and a heavy-duty coarse sponge to match, Martin went off to work. The result was far worse. There was a noticeable soapy taste on food cooked in the oven, from pastries to pies to meals. There were scratches too in the grills and the rest of the interior. Martin realized that if he got the help of professional oven cleaners, he would not be in the mess he was in right now.
Don’t be like Monique or Martin, if you ever need carpet or oven cleaning, do not attempt to do it on your own. Save more of your money, effort and time with professional carpet and oven cleaners who know what they are doing, have the right cleaning detergents and products and have the track record to prove it.
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