Carpet and rugs can make or break a room. When you walk in and they look clean and fresh, you pretty much assume that everything else will be in line. That’s a great first impression!
Make a commitment to yourself to get your carpets cleaned.
Dirt can act like an abrasive like pumice stones or sandpaper. Every time dirt is moved on your carpet, such as when you walk or when the dog rolls around, dirt is ground into the fibers of your carpet cutting them just as if you were using a knife. This damage causes your carpet to wear out faster so the cleaner the carpet, the longer lasting it will be. Vacuuming regularly and with the right equipment will help but it is not enough on its own. The more time between cleanings, the more dirt gets ground in and the more irreversible damage is done to your carpet and the sooner it needs to be replaced.
There are multiple benefits to cleaning your carpets and rugs.
Air can contain fungi, bacteria, pollen, particulates, smoke, exhaust and hundreds of chemicals in addition to the oxygen we require. Most of those particles and chemicals find their way into your home, onto your carpet and other household fabrics. Cleaning your carpets regularly can help reduce symptoms from breathing problems such as allergies, asthma and emphysema.
Are all carpet cleaning methods the same?
You can choose from the two main methods of carpet cleaning, which are dry cleaning and hot water extraction. Many people believe that dry cleaning your carpet is like dry cleaning your clothes, this is not correct. There are three common methods of dry cleaning carpets.
When a carpet cleaner uses dry foam he applies shampoo to your carpet, lets it dry and then it’s vacuumed up. This method can leave a residue on your carpet which can attract dirt and require cleaning more frequently. Can you imagine applying shampoo to your hair and removing it from your head with a vacuum after it’s dry?
The dry chemical method is similar to the dry foam method with a few key differences. With this method a large cotton bonnet is placed on your carpet and absorbs the dirt as it spins from side to side. Once the bonnet is saturated with dirt, another bonnet is used. This method is similar to using a large towel to rub the dirt out of your carpet.
The dry compound method uses a mixture of compounds resembling wet sawdust that absorbs the dirt after it is spread and brushed into your carpet. When the compound dries it is removed via a vacuum and can be left behind depending on the power of the suction. This can not only add to the particulates in your carpet, but can also act as an abrasive causing additional damage.
Hot Water Extraction
Hot water extraction, or as it is more commonly known, steam cleaning, though no steam is used. There are two types of hot water extraction, portable or truck mounted. The portable method uses a small machine that can be brought into difficult places such as high rise buildings. Portable machines do not have the levels of temperature, suction and pressure that truck mounted units can reach and therefore are not quite as effective.
Truck mounted units use a cleaning solution that is lightly sprayed onto your carpet and then removed using water at temperatures over 150 degrees Fahrenheit and with 450 pounds per square inch of pressure. The water is infused with a light rinsing agent and then removed with 12 inches of vacuum suction. This combination of light cleaning solution, high heat, high pressure and heavy duty suction allows for the carpet to receive a deep clean while removing the excess water and leaving no residue on your carpet.
Some people believe that hot water damages your carpet but this is simply not true. Hot water extraction is the method recommended by Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer. By washing and then rinsing your carpet with hot water we clean your carpet completely. The difference is similar to the level of cleanliness a person who showers receives versus a person who takes only a sponge bath.
What about pet stains and odors?
Option 1: Either get rid of the pet or don’t own one to start with. NOT an option! Can you imagine not sharing your life with your pet? Of course not!
Option 2: Evaluate the Conditions. You can’t solve your pet stain problems without knowing the scope of the damage. You need a qualified professional to help you with this.
We offer an evaluation service for free. We use special urine detection equipment to locate spots and ascertain how severe the damage is. We’ll tell you what we find and offer you a number of options to remedy the situation.
To solve urine problems effectively, each and every spot must be identified and cleaned properly. A Personal Touch offers several different options for pet stain and odor removal, so why do it yourself when we offer:
- Guaranteed Odor Removal: 99% successful
- Pulling up your carpet to replace the contaminated padding.
- Seal the floor and clean the backside of the carpet.
- Seal the tuft bind (back side) to seal out any remaining residue (encapsulation).
- Clean the top side and deodorize, followed by reinstallation
- Replacement: 100% successful
- If replacement is your choice, you must thoroughly clean the sub-floor and disinfect/seal it properly. We perform this service and we also recommend a reputable floor covering company to purchase and install new carpet. Cost varies depending on carpet and installation circumstances.
Cleaning up pet accidents is no fun. It’s advised to call a professional such as A Personal Touch to deal with pet accidents. It’s better to use paper towels to absorb and scoop up the solids with a spoon… as much as possible then call us for further advice.
Protect your carpet and upholstery investment with a call to A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning Services today. We can’t wait to help you say goodbye to dirt, dust, soil and allergens! Call (720) 344-2870 for a free quote.. Remember at A Personal Touch, “We don’t cut corners, we clean them.”