Posts Tagged ‘professional carpet cleaning’

The Importance of Proper Carpet Care

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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What can you do to keep your beautiful and expensive carpet looking showroom new? Plan to care for your carpet in a number of ways involving both short- and long-term maintenance.

In the short term, regular vacuuming and spotting works wonders to keep the carpet looking good. Over the long term, plan on (and budget for) regular professional cleaning to maintain your investment.

Most carpet warranties require periodic professional (more…)

All About Carpet Filtration Soiling: What to Do

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

If you have ever seen a carpet darken along a wall or stair edges where no one walks, you have noticed filtration soiling. When the ventilation system moves air through a house, the carpet acts as an air filter. Air flow deposits fine soil and dust along carpeted walls, stair edges, under frequently closed doors, and even subfloor joints. You may see black dots in the carpet around room edges. This is where knee kicker teeth have broken the secondary backing, air flows through these holes, and dust collects. Sometimes little-moved drapery hems touching the carpet or furniture skirts slow airflow enough to allow fine soil to outline the fabric onto the carpet. Filtration soiling is a function of the way the house is built. (more…)

Carpet Dye Problems: Bleeding and Crocking

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

dyed yarns

Bleeding and crocking are two problems that refer to dye fastness.

Bleeding refers to color loss from a wet carpet, either from cleaning or flooding. It is most common with darker shades, especially reds and blues, because large amounts of dyes are used to achieve the rich colors. Even when rinsed thoroughly at the mill, some excess dye residues can stay in the fabric. When you have your carpet cleaned, the technician (hopefully certified) should detect the condition during pre-cleaning tests. Then the technician will adjust the type of cleaning solution used to stop the bleeding. If the condition seems excessive, tests by the mill can determine if (more…)

What’s the Best Way to Clean Carpet?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

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Q: What’s the best way to clean carpet?

A truck mounted hot water extraction system, also known as steam cleaning, is probably the best way to clean carpet. As I wrote about earlier, most major carpet producers require regular extraction cleaning if you want to keep your carpet warranties in effect.

The vacuums in these units are so strong that over 90 percent of the water (and the suspended soils) is removed during cleaning. Some cleaners use a drying agent in the rinse water and high-speed carpet fans to increase drying times. When carpets dry quickly, there is less chance that (more…)

Carpet Care: Professional Carpet Cleaning Methods

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Professional cleaners use four methods to clean residential carpeting: Shampoo, Dry Foam, Dry Clean and Hot Water Extraction. They seem similar to the do-it-yourself methods, but the equipment and chemicals professionals use are so much more efficient and thorough than rental equipment there is just no comparison. Plus, a professional brings specialized training and an understanding of your expensive carpeting. Certified Carpet Cleaners often perform a walk-through, or “audit,” of your carpet before they begin the work. They will check for weak seams, look for unusual stains, evaluate the wear patterns in the various rooms, possibly check your vacuum, and generally evaluate the overall installation.

Professional cleaners know you clean your carpets to keep them looking good and to maintain their warranties. They know that deep- cleaning carpets also protects your health. Carpet is actually a huge filter in your home. It traps not only dirt, but allergens like pet dander and pollen. It also holds dust mites. Professional cleaners know how to remove these contaminants. (more…)

Carpet Care: Is it Time to Get Your Carpets Cleaned?

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Take a long look at your carpet when you think about cleaning it. Check the color. Does it look dull or gray? Look at the face pile. Are the tufts stuck together? Is soil visible? Is the nap badly crushed? Are there spots you couldn’t get out? Professional cleaning should take care of all these problems.

There are reasons why the mills want their carpets cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning extends the life of the carpet. Light colors or high-traffic areas need regular attention. You should not wait until the traffic areas are so dirty that they look like a path through the woods. Soil and spots are harder to remove once they’ve been in the fabric a long time. And spots that would have come out fairly easily when relatively fresh-set are sometimes impossible to remove after several months have passed. So don’t wait—call your carpet cleaner as needed to keep your carpet looking good for the longest possible time.

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Carpet Care: Why Professional Carpet Cleaning Is Important

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Most carpet warranties today require a cleaning every 12 to 24 months in order to keep the warranty in effect. This is no different from a car manufacturer requiring you to change the oil every so many miles or so many months. Some warranties specify the type of cleaning, too. Most mills require professional hot-water extraction cleaning. If you put in a claim, you must show your cleaning receipt.

Professional cleaners will have chemicals and equipment that are not available to the average homeowner. They will also have specialized training and a lot of experience dealing with different types of soiled carpeting. And the results are usually a lot better than doing it yourself. Sure, there are a lot of horror stories about this cleaner who soaked a carpet so badly that it was wet for three days, or that cleaner who left so much residue in the carpet that it was dirty again in three weeks. But these stories are like the evening news. You only hear about the bad stuff. The good stuff seldom makes the news. Carpet cleaners are like everyone else. Most are good. Some are truly excellent at their craft. Using a professional cleaner to help maintain your expensive carpeting is just plain smart. (more…)

Questions to Ask Professional Carpet Cleaning Companies

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Here’s a list of important questions to ask when shopping around for professional carpet cleaning services. Asking these questions will make it sound like you really know the carpet cleaning business, which is good when vetting companies to ensure you’re hiring the best service for your carpets. (more…)

Inspection Safari: Causes of Carpet Stains and Spots

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

It’s really frustrating when spots show up on your carpet. Sometimes we know what caused the spots (that darn cat!). Sometimes, they just appear — like the Cheshire Cat. Today’s stain resistant carpets make spot removal pretty easy. But sometimes spots won’t come out. The reason could be that the carpet dye has been removed.

Almost all carpet sold today has some kind of stain warranty. A few of these warranties cover everything that can be spilled on a carpet. Most of the warranties have “fine print” that excludes certain types of damage. The following exclusions are typical of most carpet stain warranties:

…also specifically excluded from this warranty is damage or residual stains caused by… substances which destroy or change the color of carpets such as bleaches, acne medications, drain cleaners, plant food, vomit, urine other than pet (domestic dog or cat) urine and feces…

Many household cleaning products and medicines contain chemicals that react with carpet dye and destroy it. Some of these chemicals, like bleach, remove the color quickly. Some of them slowly remove the color. It might be days or weeks until you (more…)