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What Carpet Cleaning Method Is Best?

When you’re deciding which carpet cleaning contractor to choose, their method of cleaning is a very important factor to be taken into consideration. So what carpet cleaning methods can be used and which is the best? Read on to find out more.

Different carpet cleaning methods

Some people shy away from carpet cleaning methods that use water, because they fear that their carpets will be wet for days after cleaning. This only applies if a cheap machine is used. For example, many supermarkets offer Rug Doctor carpet cleaning machines, or similar, for rent. Unlike the machines used by professional carpet cleaning firms, hire machines are just not powerful enough to extract the water from deep down in the pile of your carpets, leaving them damp underfoot for days. Be wary of cheap quotes from carpet cleaning firms; this often means that the machines they use are cheap and underpowered, potentially leading to a poor result and a wet carpet.

Commercial cleaning companies often use rotary machines to dry clean office carpets as this is the most efficient and safest way of cleaning thin carpet tiles. Although the method is very effective at removing surface dirt and is great for maintenance cleans, it won’t get rid of deeply ingrained grime, allergens and pests.

When it comes to domestic carpet cleaning, the preferred method used by professional firms is Hot Water Extraction (HWE), sometimes referred to as steam cleaning. The HWE machine works by spraying hot water into the carpet that has been pre-treated with a specialist cleaning agent. The machine then extracts the water, chemicals, and dirt via a powerful vacuum system.

Why HWE is best for domestic carpet cleaning

Provided the company you use has top-spec machines, the end result of a deep-clean will be fantastic. Your carpets will be dry almost immediately the clean has finished, all deeply-ingrained dirt and allergens will be gone, and your carpet will be left fragrant and fluffy – almost as good as new!

HWE cleaning also involves the treatment of your carpets with deodorisers and bactericides. This is particularly important if you have pets that live in your home, if you have family members who suffer from asthma or other allergies, or if you have small children who like to crawl around on the floor.

Immediately following HWE cleaning you can have your carpet treated with a stain protector product to help keep spills from penetrating the carpet. This will make your carpet last longer too as the treatment also protects the carpet fibres from frictional damage caused by ingrained dirt.

In conclusion

When it comes to choosing a carpet cleaning company to clean the carpets in your home, always select a firm that uses the Hot Water Extraction (HWE) method of carpet cleaning. Your carpets will be left free from dirt and bacteria, smelling great and looking as good as new.

What’s Hiding In Your Carpets?

If you, or members of your family, suffer from mysterious allergies, your carpets could be the culprit. Even if you vacuum your carpets regularly, they can still hide various nasties that can cause real issues for your family’s health. Left untreated, these allergy-causing carpet inhabitants could lead to your loved-ones developing chronic coughing episodes, repeated sneezing fits, or even asthma. So what could be hiding in your carpets and what can you do to protect your family’s health? Read on to find out more.

What could be hiding in my carpets?

Your carpets could potentially support a whole community of micro-organisms including the following:

• dust mites
• pollen
• mould spores
• fleas
• pet hair
• dead skin cells
• dust and dirt
• bacteria
• carpet moth larvae

Whenever someone moves around in your home, they shed thousands of dead skin cells, which settle on your carpets. Each time your pet cat or dog lies down or shakes itself, hair, dead skin, and possibly even flea eggs are deposited onto your carpet. In the spring months, tiny carpet moths invade your home. The moths themselves won’t actually eat your carpets, but did you know that they lay their eggs deep down in the carpet pile? Your lovely new carpet could be extensively damaged if it provides food for the moths’ caterpillars when all those eggs hatch!

How do I keep my carpets hygienic and free from allergens and pests?

The most effective, proven way of keeping your carpets clean and free from harmful pests and allergens is by having them professionally deep-cleaned at least twice every year. This is especially important if you have pets and small children who like to crawl around on the floor.

Although dry cleaning methods like vacuuming will keep on top of general surface dust, even the best vacuum cleaner won’t reach the more deeply embedded and ingrained dirt that has worked its way right down into the carpet pile. The only proven way of doing this is through having your carpets cleaned using Hot Water Extraction (HWE) technology. This steam cleaning strategy  lift dust, dirt, pollens and other irritants that might cause allergic reactions in you or your family.

In conclusion

To keep allergens at bay, make sure you have your carpets professionally deep-cleaned at least twice every year. In between HWE treatments, keep on top of daily dirt by vacuuming a couple of times a week.

Why Are Carpet Cleaning Prices So Varied?

When it comes to having your carpets professionally cleaned, there are certainly plenty of companies to choose from. If you shop around in the local press and on the internet, you’ll see that prices can vary widely from company to company. But why is this and how do you know which company to choose? Read on to find out more.

What causes such a variance in carpet cleaning prices?

The best equipment

The old maxim, ‘You get what you pay for’ certainly applies when it comes to carpet cleaning. Part-time local operators often use budget machines and cheap cleaning products, which is why they are able to keep their prices at rock bottom. Unfortunately, low prices usually mean only average performance.

Companies that have invested in modern, high-powered carpet cleaning machines also use top quality cleaning products, deodorisers, and stain prevention solutions, and therefore some of this cost is passed onto the customer. However, although the price may be a little higher, you can expect to see a far superior result for your money. You can also be confident that the machines and products used on your carpets won’t cause any damage, which is not always the case with budget companies.

Highly trained, fully-insured staff

Another downside of choosing a cheaper carpet cleaning company is that you can’t be sure that their operatives are fully-trained and insured, and that the company is a member of one or more of the appropriate carpet cleaners’ accreditation bodies. Membership of these guilds means that company operatives will be kept up to date with industry developments in the latest carpet cleaning techniques and equipment, which is passed on to customers in the high-quality, well-informed service that they receive.

Insurance is crucial. An uninsured operator could damage your carpets beyond repair and leave you to foot the bill for replacement.

Some cheaper companies are not reliable. You could make an appointment only to find that the firm simply doesn’t turn up at all. Reliability is guaranteed when you use a more expensive company.

In conclusion

When choosing a carpet cleaning company, cheapest does not mean best. If you want a professional, reliable service, and a high-quality job carried out by properly trained and insured operatives using the very best equipment and products, you must be prepared to pay a little more. Although this might seem costly at the time, your carpets will look great and last much longer, so the investment will be well-worth it.

Carpet Cleaning Most Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re thinking about having your carpets professionally cleaned for the first time, you’re bound to have a few questions to ask about what to expect from the experience. Here are the answers to some of the questions most frequently asked by potential customers.

How long will it take for my carpets to dry?

The drying time for your carpet will be dependent on the quality of the equipment used and its effectiveness. A top quality, powerful steam cleaning machine will have your carpets looking fantastic and thoroughly dry within a couple of hours. With a cheaper company that uses lower quality machines, there’s a risk that your carpet will be left over-wet, meaning that it could take days to dry out completely.

Will my carpets shrink or lose their shape?

Your carpets are only in danger of damage through shrinkage if the company you choose uses poor quality machinery and cheap chemical cleaning agents. Bear in mind that many budget carpet cleaning companies are not insured, so if they damage your carpets, you could end up footing the bill for replacement.

Do carpet cleaning chemicals pose a danger to my children and pets?

Although it’s clearly better if you can keep your pets and children otherwise occupied while your carpets are being cleaned, a good company will use only industry accredited, environmentally-friendly products that have been thoroughly tested for safety. They will also remove any empty packaging or bottles to be disposed of safely and correctly.

Can’t I do the same job much more cheaply using a hired Rug Doctor machine?

Using a rental machine always amounts to false economy. These machines are not powerful enough to shift stubborn stains and ingrained dirt, and the cleaning chemicals they’re supplied with are nowhere near as effective as those used by professional firms.
A professional carpet cleaning company will clean your carpets much more thoroughly, more quickly, and with a much quicker drying time.

Will I have to move my furniture?

A good carpet cleaning company will move anything one man can safely move on his own, although it is best if you move any ornaments and valuable items to a safe place before the work begins.

Is it worth having a carpet protector applied to my carpets?

A good quality carpet protector can help to prevent staining between deep cleans. Treatment can also extend the life of your carpets by protecting the carpet fibres from friction damage caused when dirt and grit particles get down into the pile. New carpets come with protector already applied, but this wears off over time, so it’s well-worth having your carpet re-treated every time you have it deep cleaned.

In conclusion

These are the most common questions asked by people considering having their carpets professionally cleaned. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, just give the company a call, and they will be pleased to help you.

Maintaining Your High Traffic Areas

The carpets in high traffic areas of your home require a little more TLC than in less frequently-used rooms in order to keep them looking good and to prolong their life. There are steps you can take to help maintain your carpets in these high-use areas. Read on to find out more.

Professional cleaning
The once fluffy, beige carpet in areas of high footfall, such as hallways, stairs and in front of the seating in your lounge, can end up looking a totally different colour to the rest of your carpets, in addition to appearing flat and lifeless. The most important thing that you can do to prevent this happening in high traffic areas is to have your carpets cleaned professionally at least twice each year.

Continual footfall over the same area of carpet not only flattens the pile, it drives particles of soil and grit down into the fibres where they can cause considerable damage if not removed regularly. Although vacuuming plays its part in this process, the most effective way to remove deeply ingrained dirt is to have your carpets professionally cleaned. The hot water extraction process used will not only return your carpets to their original colour, but will also reinvigorate the pile, keeping your carpets looking fluffy and smelling fresh.

Vacuum regularly and effectively
In between professional cleans, you should spend extra time on maintaining your carpets by vacuuming high traffic areas at least twice each week. This helps to prevent a build-up of dry dirt and also lifts the carpet pile, provided it’s done effectively.

Make sure that your vacuum cleaner is set at the correct height. If you have your vacuum cleaner set too low, the machine’s roller brushes and drive belt may be damaged and your carpet pile could be crushed and scuffed. If the belt is set too high, the vacuum cleaner won’t come into close enough contact with the carpet, meaning that it won’t pick up all the loose surface dirt or lift the pile. At the correct setting, you should feel as though the vacuum cleaner is slowly pulling you across the carpet without sticking or running away from you.

Always change the vacuum cleaner bag, empty the cylinder and clean the filter regularly. If the bag or cylinder is full and the filter is dirty, the vacuum cleaner will lose at least half its suction power. Bags and cylinders should be changed/emptied when three-quarters full and filters should be changed or washed at least every three months.

In conclusion
Without a doubt, the best way to maintain high traffic areas in your home is by having your carpets professionally cleaned twice each year. In between deep cleans, vacuum your carpets thoroughly at least twice each week.

Carpet Cleaning Tips For The New Year

As the last champagne bubble pops and the final party guest leaves, your carpets may be looking somewhat less than pristine after all those New Year’s Eve comings and goings. Although it’s a good idea to get your 2016 spring cleaning off to a good start by having your carpets professionally cleaned, there are plenty of things you can do to keep them looking great in between deep cleans, right through the year. Read on to find out more.

Use doormats
Unless you insist that every visitor to your home removes their shoes at the door, traces of dirt and bits of grit will inevitably find their way from outside onto your carpets. You can combat this problem simply and cheaply by investing in sturdy doormats to be positioned both inside and outside your external doors.

Keep the interior mats clean and free from debris by giving them a vigorous shake outside once or twice a week. Use carpet tape to help keep the mats in place so that they don’t move across the carpet; your carpet cleaning contractor will be able to supply you with a suitable product.

Buy a shoe rack
Even if your house guests wipe their feet on your lovely new mats, traffic lanes can still appear on your carpets. Shoes also cause heavier general wear and tear on the carpet fibres, and high heels can cause hard-to-shift pock marks or pulled threads, especially in areas where people sit.

You can encourage your visitors to remove their shoes without even having to ask, simply by placing a smart shoe rack inside your front door.

Protect your carpets from staining
Each time you have your carpets professionally cleaned, remember to ask for stain protection too. The application of a good quality stain protector will keep spills on the top of your carpets, rather than allowing damaging liquids and other substances to penetrate deep into the fibres where they are harder to shift.

If your carpet has had a stain protector product applied to it, all you need to do in the event of a spill is blot it up as quickly as possible.

Never be tempted to use shop-bought stain removal products. These products don’t work, and, what’s more, the harsh chemicals they contain can actually cause the colour in your carpets to ‘bleed’. Some DIY carpet cleaning shampoos will actually negate the effectiveness of your carpet sealer and can drive the stain deeper into the carpet fibres.

Always consult a professional carpet cleaning company if you have a stain on your carpet that won’t shift just through blotting with a damp cloth.

Vacuum your carpets regularly
In order to keep your carpets looking good and lasting longer, it’s important that you vacuum them regularly in order to remove dust and bits of grit that can become embedded in the carpet fibres where they can cause wear and damage. Pay particular attention to traffic lanes, and don’t forget about the areas underneath radiators and around the perimeter of your rooms where dust and cobwebs can accumulate.

If you have pets, try adding a small amount of baking soda to your vacuum cleaner bag or cylinder to help neutralise odours.

In conclusion
Follow the advice given above to keep your carpets looking great during 2016. Remember to schedule regular professional deep-cleans to help prolong the life of your carpets and to keep them fresh and hygienic. Always ask your carpet cleaning firm to treat your newly-cleaned carpets with a stain protection product.