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5 Carpet Cleaning Hacks Every Homeowner Should Try

Monday, June 6th, 2016

The home is a haven. It’s the ultimate playground for children and a thinking cap for parents. However, from time to time, homeowners will revisit their havens to ensure it’s clean and dapper. Cleaning their carpets is one factor contributing to the exquisiteness of their home. That’s easier said than done. If you’re a homeowner who’s quite intrigued in cleaning your carpet, here are a few hacks to give a go.

Getting rid of carpet stains with an iron

Subsequent to starching that beautiful collared shirt, don’t put that iron away just yet. It’s quite dandy in aiding to remove carpet stains. Apply a vacuum to the carpet to remove any debris; moisten the stain or spot with a cloth or towel with water and a hint of vinegar. Cover the stain with the wet towel and apply the iron to the towel. This procedure should lift the stain from the carpet and unto the towel. Remove the towel once the stain is removed. This method might not remove the stain in its entirety, but most of it.

Getting rid of carpet odor

Treating your carpet with vinegar may leave a high spirited odor.  To clean that up and leave your carpet smelling spring fresh, you can apply your favorite essential oil to the rug. Not only will it leave your carpet clean,  but the scent may well permeate throughout the house,  providing a spring fresh scent.

It’s typical that any carpet laying around for months, absorbing dust and moisture will smell. Using vinegar to rectify that odor is seamless, but many homeowners complain about the strong odor.  Applying essential oils, such as lavender, is a bonus, as it repels pests, including bedbugs and fleas.

Vacuum regularly

Keeping abreast with what goes on with your carpet is important. Granted, having friends over regularly or pets that shed a lot, is a clear indication that you’ll have to pay doubly attention. Failure to notice the state of your carpet means putting in more work when you’re ready to clean. Vacuuming can be used as an effective method in getting rid of surface dirt. Doing so at least three (3) times per week should maintain your carpet until you’re ready to do the heavy work.

Soak up spills by using salt

Spills are inevitable. However, you can prepare for them. If you’re unwilling to source a dry or wet vacuum, use salt to soak up spills. After applying salt to the spill, allow it to soak. Subsequently, run your typical or normal vacuum over the area. For this method to take effect, applying salt directly after the spill should do the trick.

Getting rid of pet hair with a squeegee

You love your pets. However, you loathe the idea of having to pick through your carpets to remove their furs. That can be time-consuming and tedious. Employing the capabilities of a vacuum cleaner is challenging when used on its own. However, with a squeegee, homeowners have been effective in getting rid of pet hair from their carpets. Originally intended to be used on windows, the design has twice the effect when used on carpets. Apply water to the squeegee and use it the same manner in which you’d use it on a window.

Carpet cleaning doesn’t have to be a difficult feat. Apply all the right processes and it could turn out enjoyable.

8 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing a Carpet Cleaner

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Mistake #1

Choosing a carpet cleaner based on equipment alone.

No question, your carpet cleaner needs first-rate equipment.   But he slso needs something else.  He needs employees who are skilled at operating that equipment.  Many companies own state of the art equipment but very few companies either teach their employees or have employees stick around long enough to learn how to use them all properly.  The best way to know that the carpet cleaner’s employees have been properly trained is to make sure the carpet cleaner’s employees have been trained and certified.  Before you choose a carpet cleaner ask to see written proof of the technicians independent Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) certification.

Mistake #2

Choosing a carpet cleaner based on low price.

Low price could alert you to a problem in three ways: (1) low price can be the bait that attracts your phone call.  But once the cleaner(s) gets into your home they pressure you into a much more expensive job.  (2) Low price can be for a ‘single-process’ cleaning.  Rarely does the consumer know what this means and, when told, they realize it’s worthless and must choose the much more expensive ‘dual-process’ cleaning.  (3) Low price means the cleaner must use cheap equipment, cheap products and spend a little time as possible doing the cleaning to be able to make a buck – all of which will not effectively clean your carpets and may even leave them in a worse state than before the cleaning took place.

Mistake #3

Choosing a carpet cleaner based on a single telephone call.

As with choosing any service provider it is always a good idea to check the credentials of the carpet cleaning company before you invite them into your home.  How long have they been in business, are they a member of the Better Business Bureau, do they offer firm, written quotaions prior to performing any services are all important considerations to avoid becoming the victim of high-pressure sales tactics when the technician steps into your living room.

Mistake #4

Choosing a carpet cleaner that doesn’t offer a money-back guarantee.

In my view every carpet cleaning company should be fully accountable for their work.  If you aren’t pleased with the job in every way you shouldn’t have to pay for it.  Period.  Not all carpet cleaners offer guarantees.  If they do, the guarantee may be “limited”.  Ask the carpet cleaner if they offer a money-back guarantee and then make sure it’s simple, easy to understand and available in writing.

Mistake #5

Choosing a carpet cleaner without getting comments from their other clients.

Any carpet cleaner can say anything about their past jobs.  And, sadly, some of what they say may not be true.  Make sure you ask for references or read comments from current customers so you can depend on the carpet cleaning company, their technicians and their work.

Mistake #6

Choosing a carpet cleaner not certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)

If your carpet cleaner  isn’t a close friend you may not know whether he has the knowledge or experience to clean your carpet well.  If you want to be sure you’r hiring a competent professional, make sure he is CRI certified.  A carpet cleaner must earn this certification through study, experience and successful completion of formal, written examinations.  In effect, cleaners who are certified by the CRI have earned a college degree in carpet care and maintenance.

Mistake #7

Choosing a carpet cleaner who isn’t a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Chamber of Commerce and EthicalServices.com

These business and trade associations are known to promote and in fact demand honest, ethical business practices from their membership.  EthicalServices.com is a trade association for carpet cleaners that are dedicated to setting a high standard for the industry.  It has been profiled on such news programs as ABC’s 20/20, and promoted on their website as a resource consumers should use to find an honest, professional carpet cleaning firm.  You’re making a wise decision when you have your carpets cleaned by a member of these noteworthy associations.

Mistake #8

Choosing a carpet cleaner who doesn’t use safe, natural cleaning solutions that are free of soaps, detergents and harsh chemicals.

You might expect this from me, since my employees and I use this type of system but there are several good reasons.  Although soaps and detergents work great to clean our laundry it’s actually the multiple rinse cycles that remove the sticky soaps and harsh cleaners used to clean our clothing.  If the same amount of rinsing were used to remove carpet cleaning “shampoos” your house would take weeks to dry!

With all the pollutants and contminants that get trapped in your home every day the last thing you need to  do is hire a cleaner who leaves behind their own phosphates, enzymns, perfumes, detergents and harsh chemicals.  Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) is the Rolls Royce of carpet cleaning.  Compared to shampooing and steam cleaning methods HCE uses safer products, less moisture and leaves no unhealthy, sticky residues.  So all the way around you get a much better job.  No two ways about it.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Welcome to the Recommendations section of this consumer information message.  It might be handy if you have a pen and paper handy so you can write down some of the information contained in this and the “Questions to ask your carpet and upholstrery cleaner” sections of this message.

If you’re thinking about having your carpets cleaned, we offer you these four recommendations:

Recommendation # 1

Clean on a Regular Basis.  Make a commitment to yourself to get your carpets cleaned on a regular basis.  The longer they remain dirty, the sooner they’ll wear out.  Plus the longer you have to breathe all the pollens, fungi, chemicals and dust mites that live in your carpet, the longer you will be living in an indoor envoironment that has poor Indoor Air Quality.

Recommendation # 2

List your objectives.  Do you want only the surface dirt removed, or do you want the bacteria, fungi and chemicals removed?  Do you want to be able to enjoy the use of the cleaned area as soon as possible following cleaning and do you want it to remain clean for a longer period of time?  Also do you want the cleaning product to leave the carpet totally safe for infants and pets who sit and crawl close to the carpet fibres?  Do you want to work with an honest, reputable company…..or are you willing to risk working with the company that offers you the lowest price….knowing that they might not be in business tomorrow?

Recommendation # 3

Ask questions.  Ask your cleaner lots of questions, they will appreciate the fact that you obviously care about your carpets and upholstery.  A professional company should be very willing to let you know why they should be the carpet cleaner of choice.  If they are too busy to answer your questions or are evasive, call another cleaning company who will answer all of your questions.  If they are too busy to answer your questions, they are not likely to give you the service you deserve and expect.  The way you learn about a company is to ask specific questions and listen carefully to the answers.

Recommendation # 4

Get a Firm Quote before the Job.  Once you’re satisfied that you’re working with an honest, competent professional cleaner, invite him into your home and ask for a specific quotation in writing,  A written quotations gives you the assurance that you know exactly what your job will cost – no suprises, no bait and switch.

That doesn’t mean that you will not be offered additional services that are designed to keep your carpet and upholstery cleaner longer, such as “Stainguard”.  This is a value added service that you should seriously look at and consider for your carpets and upholstery.  It is not a useless service designed to “jack up: the price of your cleaning.   In fact at Pacific Isle Chem-Dry all of our cleaning packages include the application of Protectant for your carpets.

By following these four basic recommendaions, you’ll gain all the information you need to make an informed, intelligent decision.  If you want a quick, cheap carpet cleaning job, many companies in the phone book can help you.  However, if you want a professional guaranteed job done on your valuable carpet and upholstery investment, take the time to look for a professional in your area that will provide you with the service you deserve and expect.

Carpet Cleaning Methods

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

THE ADVANTAGES & DISAVANTAGES OF EACH

SHAMPOOING is one of the oldest methods of carpet cleaning.  It uses a rotary floor machine where shampoo is injected through the brushes and whipped to a foam on the carpet.  The theory is that the foam and dirt will dry so that they can be vacuumed from the carpet.  The advantages are the fairly low usage of water and the relatively good surface cleaning.  Problems occur because the oils in the soap never completely dry.   They leave a sticky residue on the fibres that can rapidly attract new dirt & soil.  This dirt attracting residue is the basic reason people complain that their carpets re-soil so quickly after being shampooed.

STEAM CLEANING doesn’t actually use STEAM because the scolding temperatures would be more that hot enough to permanently damage most fibres.  The correct name is actually Hot Water Extraction. This method uses an extraction system to pressure spray the cleaning solution directly into the carpets and immediately extract it with a vacuum pump.  The theory is that hot water will immediately dissolve ground in soils & grease in the few seconds it takes to pull the clening wand across the carpet.  The advantages are the usually lower than average cost to the consumer and the speed at which a job can be completed.  Problems arise because soils do not usually dissolve this rapidly and not all the solution sprayed down can be vacuumed from the carpets.  This can leave carpets wet beyond tolerable limits, which can produce problems such as shrinkage, split seams, and aid in the formation of mold and mildew.  It can also be very inconvenient to the customer to have to wait for many hours, or even days, before furniture can be replaced or normal traffic can resume in the cleaned area.  Inadequate removal of soil and stains combined with over wetting is why many people notice the same stains re-appearing a few days after having this type of cleaning done.

DRY POWDERS and DRY FOAMS were invented to solve the severe problems over wetting can create.  Dry powder cleaning uses powders made of absorbent compounds that are saturated with detergents and dry cleaning solvents.  They are applied directly to the carpet and brushed in with a machine.  After about a half hour of contact time the particles along with the absorbed soil are removed with a vacuum.  Dry foam uses a mechanical unit and detegent to make a foam that is worked into the carpet and vacuumed off.  Since moisture levels are low the advantage is the limited risk of over wetting.  Water, however, is often called the UNIVERSAL SOLVENT and without enough of it present some soils are not removed and remain to attract even more soil.  Residues from the cleaning compounds also remain behind and contribute to resoiling.

ELECTROSTATIC cleaning is a lesser known method uses static electricity to ZAP the dirt from your carpet.  It claims to employ a special electrolytic solution to remove soil  Scientifically this is very unlikely since both damp pads and damp carpet conduct electricity and would not allow a charge to build up.

CARBONATED CLEANING is the method that my company uses.  By contrast to the methods mentioned so far, this method uses no soaps, detergents or harsh chemicals at all in its cleaning.  We use THE NATURAL – a clear carbonated solution made from completely safe ingredients copied from Mother Nature.

In laboratory tests carpets cleaned with THE NATURAL actually resisted resoiling better than brand new carpets.  Chem-Dry holds the exclusive patent on using carbonation in its cleaning method.  If you have ever shaken up a bottle of soda you realize the powerful reaction carbonation can have.  On your carpet the tiny bubbles go right to the base of the fibre exploding dirt and stains apart and lifting them to the surface for extraction.  Because of the aggressive nature of the carbonated reaction very littlle solution is needed, so most carpets dry in about one – two hours, with none of the risks associated with over wetting.

How does this innovation benefit you?

Your carpets will come cleaner than ever before

Your carpets will dry faster

Your carpets will stay cleaner longer, saving you money

You will have no soaps, phosphates, detergents or other harsh cleaners in your carpets.

Misconception #5

The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.

No.  Price is what you pay….Value is what you get for your hard earned money.  I’ve seen so many problems arise from the lowest-bid companies that I suggest you NEVER hire the company that quotes the cheapest price.  The three most common problems are:

(1) The price you see offered may not be for the services you want performed.  The company may be equipped to remove only some of the dirt from your carpet but, you may want bacteria, fungus, pollens dust mites, tobacco residues and air pollutants removed as well.

(2) The price you see advertised may not be the price you pay.  Many homeowners have learned that the low price they saw advertised only lasted until the cleaner got into their home.  They were then pressured into paying a lot more for a variety of add-ons.  (Some carpet cleaners even break the law by using illegal bait-and switch tactics).

(3) The low price may mean the carpet cleaner has cheap equipment, which will not effectively clean your carpet, is using cheap products, is using low paid employees, who are untrained on the use of proper cleaning and spotting solutions and procedures.

Misconception #6

Any honest carpet cleaning company should be able to give you an exact price over the phone.

I wish this were true, but it isn’t.

Honest, reputable carpet cleaning companies almost never price carpet cleaning by the room.  Instead carpet cleaning is usually priced by the square foot that’s being cleaned.  So, if you’d like me to tell you the exact cost of cleaning your carpet, I need to know the exact number of square feet that you want cleaned.  To get an accurate measurement, I use a tape measure to calculate the exact size of the carpet area, so that what you’re paying for is just the area you want cleaned.

You’ll be glad to know that the carpet area to be cleaned is not nearly as great as most people think.  For example, if you want your entire home cleaned and your home is 1500 square feet, the amount of carpeting to be cleaned might only be 800 square feet.  This is because most home measurements are outdoor measurements.  Also, the area taken up by walls, hard floors etc. reduce significantly the actual carpeted area.

In addition, areas under large pieces of furniture such as entertainment centres, pianos, china cabinets, beds and dressers etc.  that you may decide you don’t want moved and cleaned under during the visit will be excluded from the measurements and will reduce the total area being cleaned.

So even though I can’t give you an exact price over the phone, I can give you a fairly close estimate.  When the technician arrives he will measure all the areas to be cleaned and give you the exact price before he starts any work.

6 Costly Misconceptions About Carpet Cleaning

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Misconception #1

You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpets.

This is not true.  Dirt is an abrasive, just like sandpaper.  Every time you step on the carpet you grind dirt into your fibres.  This cuts your carpet, just as if you had used a knife causing it to wear out faster.  A dirty carpet will not last nearly as long as a clean carpet.  Regular vacuuming is important but it can’t remove any tacky or embedded dirt.  The longer you wait to have your carpets cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet, and the faster it will wear out.

Misconception #2

The only reason to clean carpets is to remove dirt.

Although improving and maintaining the appearance of your carpets and upholstery is the main reason why most people have them cleaned, there are other important factors to consider.  Environmental pollutants can build up in fabrics at an alarming rate, especially in carpets.  The range of contaminants can be vast including; lawn fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, cooking vapors, tobacco smoke, food crumbs, beverage spills, hair, dead skin cells, pollen and insect remains to name a few all of which provide a food source for harmfull micro-orgainisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, dust mites and mold.  If you or your family suffer from allergies, asthmas, emphysema or other breathing problems another reason to clean your carpets is to remove these contaminants.

Misconception #3

Having equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly.

Many companies own hot water cleaners, but a large number of employees don’t know how to use them.  You probably know someone who bought the newest computer on the market, but didn’t know how to use it.  The same is true with carpet cleaning machines.  The company may own good equipment, but the employees may not know how to use it correctly.  That is why it’s important that you choose your carpet cleaner carefully.

At Chem-Dry, all our carpet cleaning technicians must undergo an intensive training program called Chem-College.  The carpet technician must earn the certification through study, experience and the successful completion of a formal written examination.  Technicians who pass Chem-College have, in effect, earned a degree in carpet cleaning.

Misconception #4

One method of carpet cleaning is as good as another.

You can choose from a variety of different methods. The following will help you choose the one that meets your specific objectives.