Keeping Your Home Safe with an Annual Carpet Cleaning
Many people clean their homes on a regular basis as a way to keep it presentable. Unfortunately, unless you have developed a stain on your carpeting you are more than likely just going to go through your regular cleaning routine. Most people believe that by vacuuming once or twice a week they are keeping their carpet clean. While vacuuming is certainly needed it is not the only thing required in order to maintain your carpets appearance.
Over time bacteria can get below the surface and into the fibers of your carpeting. Combine that with allergens such as animal dander and dust mites and you can really have a health hazard on your hands. To get a good idea of what is lying beneath the surface of your carpets: on a sunny day take a good look at what is floating through the air. All of these particles have to land somewhere and what does not land on your furnishings is on your carpeting. It does not take long to build up. If you have pets they go outside often and then bring many unwanted items into your home. By simply vacuuming, you are not addressing these other concerns.
Carpet cleaning can be handled in two ways. One way would be to rent or purchase a home carpet cleaner. These machines are available everywhere. There are many different types out there so be sure to check for their rating prior to purchase. Even an upscale model with all the bells and whistles needs to be used correctly to achieve maximum results. While using the retail equipment is better than doing nothing at all the results are not usually what you would expect.
You need to decide if you want a shampooer or steam cleaner. In a home where there are young children or pets a steam cleaner would be the better choice. Since steam cleaning uses only water, there are no chemicals that can be left behind. Steam cleaning has also been proven to remove nearly one hundred percent of the bacteria’s such as salmonella and e-coli and allergens. It provides a clean and sanitized surface.
But the only way to guarantee that your carpet cleaning is done correctly is to hire a professional cleaning service. They have the equipment to do the job and the trained staff that knows how to use it. Most professional cleaning services use steam cleaning as their first choice and for the very reasons previously stated. Steam cleaning requires no chemicals; it removes nearly all the harmful bacteria and allergens from your carpeting and leaves behind a clean fresh carpet. They know how to pre-treat stains so that once the job is completed your carpet will look as good as it can and that is what we all desire, to have a carpet that we can be proud of, rather than one we try to hide.
Simply put, by having your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year you will know that your family is enjoying a clean living space free from harm.
While advancements have been made in the over the counter machines they are still not as good as the ones used by professional cleaning services. The steam cleaning process only works when you use the equipment properly and understand the surfaces you are attempting to clean. A lot of training goes into the individuals who do this for a living. Having the knowledge of the equipment for each job and knowing how to clean the many different surfaces is necessary.
Upholstery, flooring and carpeting all have different tolerant levels of steam.
There is an art in using the equipment. For instance, you need to know just how much steam to release on an area so you do not over saturate it. If this is not done correctly you may create uninvited guests such as mold or mildew. Also pre-treating of stains prior to the steam cleaning process is vital in order to guarantee the best outcome from the job. There are many products out there for pre-treatment as well and the professional steam cleaner may limit their use to eco-friendly products that work. This is, of course, done at the customer’s request, so be sure to request eco-friendly products if this is what you are interested in.
Not only do you want your home clean but you also want a guarantee that your big ticket items – such as your carpeting and upholstery - will not be harmed in the process. By hiring a professional service, the burden is off you and on them. They will give an estimate of the services they will perform as well as what to expect in the end. This provides you with the knowledge of the expected outcome prior to the services performed. If anything goes wrong you will be able to get the situation rectified.
Care for Your Carpets the Right Way
When is the last time that you had your carpets professionally cleaned? If it has been a while, then you might want to think about scheduling an appointment. The reason why there are so many professional carpet cleaning companies around is because their services are in great demand, and for good reason. There is no better way to remove all of the germs, particles and dirt stuck between the fibers of your carpet other than to have it steam cleaned. While it can be tempting to try to steam clean the carpet yourself, this is a job that is best left to the professionals. Not only do they have access to commercial cleaning equipment, but they also are very knowledgeable about the intricacies of particular carpets as well.
Rundown of the Cleaning Process
When you hire a professional steam cleaning company, you can rest assured that you are hiring a professional who not only knows how to ensure that your carpets do not get damaged, but they also know how to treat even the most stubborn of stains. Sure, you can find tips online, but unless you are equipped