Carpets are often a major expense in a house so it makes sense to know how to look after and maintain…
Although vacuum cleaning can remove a majority of the dry dirt, it is also necessary to clean your carpets on a frequent basis to remove the oily, sticky hard to remove dirt that builds up in the pile as a result of odours and dirt that is tracked in from outside.
If you can clean the carpet before it becomes too bad, the cleaning chore will be easier to do and a lot more successful. There is a myth that is totally false, which states that cleaning the carpet before it is necessary will get it dirtier faster. The carpet in a typical household should be cleaned every 12 months depending on the number of people living there and the amount of traffic that walks on the carpet.
The choice of the right vacuum is also very important as well. There are some vacuums that will leave residue behind, which will promote re-soiling and basically defeat the whole purpose of household cleaning. Feel free to talk to us about what would be the best vacuum for you to buy.
Professional Carpet Cleaners:
It is in your best interest to use professional cleaners simply because their experience will enable them to do a much better job than you can do yourself. The equipment they use has more extraction power than some of the units available for hire, and the carpet will dry faster as well. They know the right cleaning agents to use, and they know the differences in carpet construction and fibres.
Doing It Yourself:
If you have made the decision to rent a carpet cleaning machine and do the job yourself, you should check on the several systems before you make a selection. Some of the units available for rent don’t clean well enough and may end up damaging your carpet. Therefore, you should always consider the following:
– Some rental companies offer cleaning equipment that is similar to what the professionals use. The equipment should have enough vacuum power to allow the carpet to dry within 2-5 hours of cleaning.
– Make sure you avoid over wetting the carpet. Any prolonged dampness can lead to mildew growth and bacteria in the carpet, or cause a separation of the backing. A wet carpet that stays this way for longer than 24 hours can develop problems. You can control this by using proper equipment and the right training.
– Carpets that have stain resistant treatments have to be cleaned with products that are formulated for this very purpose, or the stain resistance will be impaired and the warranty may be voided. Never use cleaning or spotting solutions that contain bleaches as they can change the colour of the carpet.
– You can help to reduce the drying time by well ventilating the room to move the air around the carpet. You can also use a dehumidifier as well, as it will pull moisture from the air.
Hot water extraction
The hot water extraction system is highly recommended (and the system that we at Big Green Carpet Cleaning use), as it considered to be one of the best methods for carpet cleaning. Also known as steam cleaning, the process consists of spraying a mixture of water and detergent into the pile and recovering the water and dirt with a powerful vacuum that puts it into a holding tank. This method is easily one of the best, and is ideal for dirtied carpets or pet stains that you have yet to get out of the fibres.
Posted on February 24, 2016