Carpet Cleaning

Carpeting is a major investment in your home which is why certain precautions should be taken to protect your carpets. Vacuuming thoroughly at least once a week is key to maintaining your carpeting because dirt is an abrasive that acts like sandpaper on your carpet. This cuts the fibers, causing it to wear out faster. It is also important to clean up spills as soon as possible. The other main component in proper carpet maintenance is to have it professionally steam cleaned on a regular basis.

Vacuuming alone will not get the dirt out of your carpeting because you also bring in other contaminants such as pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke (even if you don’t smoke), car exhaust and dust. These make your carpet a breeding ground for dust mites. Young children, the elderly and people with asthma, allergies and other respiratory ailments are typically sensitive to pollen, cigarette smoke and dust mites, which is why it’s important to have your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis.

Carpet Cleaning Experts use low moisture hot water extraction when cleaning your carpets. Hot water extraction, also known as “steam cleaning” is a term used to describe a method that involves spraying a hot water solution at high pressure onto the carpet and simultaneously sucking out the water and dirt that comes up from the carpet fibers. Low moisture hot water extraction provides all the benefits of hot water extraction, but uses much less water which helps with a much quicker drying time as well as conserving water. That’s why it’s the ideal method for deep cleaning your carpets.

Among the manufacturers that recommend hot water extraction are Shaw Carpet Ind, the largest carpet manufactuerer in the world. DuPont and many other manufacturers actually require the hot water extraction method for carpet cleaning to honor their warranties. Chances are your carpeting manufacturer also requires that hot water extraction be used to clean your carpets. Many carpeting trade unions also recommend hot water extraction, including the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), California Fabric Institute (CFI) and the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). We also use the more powerful truck-mount extraction, rather than portable units whenever possible. This is because truck-mount systems are much more powerful and they are more efficient at cleaning. Plus, with portable units, there is a much higher risk of over-shampooing and over-wetting.

So, now the question is, how often should your carpeting be professionally cleaned in order to honor manufacturer warranties and protect your carpeting from premature wear and tear. There are many factors that determine how often carpeting should be cleaned, including how much traffic the carpeting gets and whether or not there are pets, small children or smokers in the building. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IIRC) recommends that carpeting be cleaned at least once every other year, and they provided this handy chart to help you determine how often you should have yours cleaned:

Residential Carpet Cleaning Frequency Chart

Traffic Soil Rating

Carpet Owner / Maintainer

Professional Carpet Cleaner / Restorer

Vacuuming

Spot Cleaning

Heavy-Use Area Cleaning

Restorative Cleaning

Light Soil 1x per week Daily or as soon as spots are noticed. Traffic areas every 12 to 18 months. Every 2 years or per manufacturer warranty.
Normal Soil (families with children, elderly) 1 to 2x per week Daily or as soon as spots are noticed. Traffic areas every 6 to 12 months Annually
Heavy Soil (family with pets, smoking) 2 to 4x per week Daily or as soon as spots are noticed. Traffic areas every 3 to 6 months Semi-Annually (2x annually)
Extreme Conditions (large families, multiple pets) Daily Daily or as soon as spots are noticed. Traffic areas every 2 to 3 months Quarterly (4x annually)

Carpet Cleaning Experts only use the method that carpet manufacturers and carpet fiber producers recommend. We also only use the water-based DuPont Teflon® Carpet Protector after-treatment product, which won’t void your carpet manufacturer or carpet fiber producer warranties. You’ll just get long-lasting protection from dry soil, spills and stains.

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