Your carpets will benefit from a professional cleaning every few months, but which type of process should you choose?
Protect your floor covering investment with regular care and annual cleaning. Most experts will agree that the maximum time to wait between deep cleanings is eighteen months, while twelve is best unless extreme soiling has occurred.
Homeowners should be equipped with a full list of spot cleaning supplies that include a range to handle different types of spills. In addition, regular vacuuming should be part of the regimen. The dream arrangement would be a daily vacuum but most of us simply can't fit that into our busy schedules. Once a week is good and will go a long way toward prolonging carpet life.
Now that steam cleaners have invaded the market, are they really as good as a professional service? No. They can, however, be used as interim measures to keep a carpet clean. On the other hand, they do not have enough power to completely remove grime and cleaning solutions. Over time, the residue will build up and carpet appearance will deteriorate.
So, now it's time to contact a professional carpet cleaning company. You'll find many price ranges and types of cleaning methods to choose among. With regard to pricing, be somewhat wary of one-size-fits-all specials, especially if it's a solicitation. In order to do the job right, a representative should visit your home and make a thorough inspection and will advise on treatments for spotted and heavy traffic areas. They will also be knowledgeable on the manufacturer's recommendations for your particular type of carpet.
In general, most professional methods will do a great job on your carpet. However, the best deep cleaning is still provided by the steam extraction method, which injects water and a special solution into the carpet. The dirt is suspended and then drawn through a heavy-duty suction tube into a specialized truck. Smaller units are hand-operated, but the larger systems will greatly reduce drying times.
Other options include shampooing, dry cleaning, and bonnet cleaning, which incorporates a pad on the bottom of a machine that dabs and picks up dirt and moisture after a solution has been rubbed in. This particular method should only be performed by professionals as the carpet can easily become overwet and fibers can lose their shape.
Dry extraction involves the use of chemicals that also work to suspend dirt. Dry foam extraction involves a final wet vacuum stage. Shampooing is just that with high-powered equipment. Some residue, however, may still remain.
Steam extractions are still preferred for grease and heavy grime. Steam cleaning is also advantageous because it can remove soil and solution buildup from deeper in the pile. Many carpet manufacturers stand behind this method as well.
One of the most important steps in carpet cleaning is allowing it to dry before walking on it. This can, in some cases, take as long as twenty-four hours, but most carpets are usable within four hours.
Before the cleaners arrive, you will have to remove all breakables and items such as lamps and other small collectibles. Do this the day before, so you won't be rushed. You are not responsible for moving the furniture. In most cases, small cardboard pads will be placed under furniture feet. These should never be removed until the carpet is dry as some woods will leach and metal feet may spread rust.
The success of each
cleaning method may be determined by the skill of the provider. If possible,
ask for recommendations from friends and then take the time to talk
with two or more companies to get a feel for what will work best for
your carpet and your pocketbook.
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