Don’t Try This at Home!

Dec 15, 2016 | Carpet Cleaning

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DIY (Do It Yourself) projects around the house have become a very popular thing these days. Doing it yourself can be a fun and rewarding experience when everything goes right. But that’s just the problem – some things are best left for the professionals.

For the safety of you, your home, and your wallet, don’t try doing these three chores on your own:


Some electrical work around the house is fairly easy and doesn’t take a lot of time to figure out. For example, anybody can replace a lightbulb or flip a breaker, but any work involving working on wires within your walls should be left to an electrician. Electricity can be a hazardous, if not a deadly thing when not properly handled. Your home wiring and electrical panels will, at times, require maintenance or repair. If you don’t have experience and don’t have all the information you need, don’t try fixing them yourself. Call a professional!


Plumbing work is very high-risk; one wrong move and serious water damage restoration is on the horizon. Again, anybody can unclog a drain, but If you want to save money and a headache, call a plumber for any work that would require turning off the water or disconnecting any pipes.

Carpet Cleaning

Experts recommend that you deep-clean your carpets about 2-3 times per year. Carpet cleaning is something that needs to be done right. Obviously, you can clean up a tiny spill, but it’s best to leave a full deep-clean to professionals.

If you clean your carpets yourself, you’ll probably end up renting a steam machine. Or maybe you hire someone cheap that can steam clean your carpets for you. Unfortunately, steam cleaners are hardly effective at cleaning carpets. Maybe you’ve noticed this before – it feels like all you did was soak your carpets. Worse still, sometimes it just makes your home smell worse.

Steam cleaners work by using water and soap to clean the carpet. Your carpets then end up full of water and soapy residue. All the extra water can easily sit for 24-48 hours before it dries, which is enough time for mold and mildew to begin growing there.

In addition, any extra soap that doesn’t get completely rinsed out ends up attracting and holding more dirt than before. It’s a vicious cycle! With soap and dirt in your carpets, removing a stain is so much harder.

So it can be you or a professional behind the steam cleaner, but it doesn’t matter. The results are generally the same. For effective carpet cleaning, not only do you need to look for professional help, but you need to go to the right people.

For the best results, look to Southside Chem-Dry in Norfolk! What makes Chem-Dry different? With the natural Power of Carbonation in our Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) method, we guarantee that:

  • Carpets dry faster. Steam cleaning uses 80% more water than Chem-Dry! Steam cleaned carpets will dry in 1-2 days but Chem-Dry cleaned carpets just a few hours.
  • Carpets will be cleaner. Chem-Dry’s process uses millions of carbonated bubbles that go deep into carpets and raise stains to the surface where they can be eliminated. Plus, the solution we use is natural and detergent-free, so that we won’t leave any soapy residues that will cause you future headaches!
  • Your home will be healthier. Our green-certified solution, The Natural, is non-toxic and safe for your home and the environment!

steam cleaning vs chem-dry cleaning process

Of course, everyone should keep learning and challenging themselves with DIY projects! But leave the most important jobs to the experts who know from experience how to handle each unique situation.

Southside Chem-Dry’s trained technicians are here to help you with all of your carpet and upholstery cleaning needs. From food and dirt stains to water and urine spills, you can trust you’ve hired the best.

Try out our Hot Carbonation Extraction method and see the difference!

Schedule an appointment today!






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