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At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria, we care about carpet care and making sure all of our customers have the best information available.
We have learned over the years that carpet cleaning is the subject of much confusion. In fact, people have so many misconceptions about carpet cleaning that we offer you this information. When you are choosing a carpet cleaning company you can understand why it's important to select certified, trained experts. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.
Misconception #1: You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet.NO! Dirt is an abrasive - like sandpaper. Every time you step on the carpet, you grind dirt into your carpet fibers. 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. And while vacuuming helps, by itself it is simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out.
Misconception #2: The only reason to clean carpets is to get out the dirt. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust -- and hundreds of other chemicals. When you and your family members come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria and chemicals in your hair, on your skin, clothing and shoes. Not surprisingly, all those chemicals, pollens and bacteria wind up -- you guessed it -- in your carpet. If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems -- one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, and chemicals in your carpet. If you're sensitive to cigarette smoke, you might find that you'll breathe easier after you hire a professional to get those harmful chemicals out of your carpet. So in addition to getting rid of dirt, another important reason to clean your carpet is to get rid of pollens, fungus, bacteria, chemicals and the tars and residue from tobacco smoke.
Misconceptions #3: One method of carpet cleaning is as good as another. Unfortunately this is not true. You can choose from two primary methods: Dry cleaning or hot water extraction.
DRY CLEANING METHODS Many people believe that dry cleaning your carpet is like dry cleaning your clothing. This is not true. All carpet cleaning methods use water to clean. Some methods use more water than others. “Dry Cleaning” for carpets should really be called “Low Moisture Cleaning”. Here are three methods of dry cleaning carpet. Dry Foam When a carpet cleaner uses dry foam, they apply shampoo to your carpet, allow it to dry, and then sucks the dried shampoo chunks into a vacuum.
Can you imagine applying shampoo to your hair, allowing it to dry and then removing the shampoo from your head with a vacuum? This method can leave a residue in your carpet, which is one reason dry foam is not very effective, however a new spin on dry foam called ENCAPSULATION cleaning is quite effective. It utilizes a crystallizing detergent to suspend and capture soil particles in an acrylic polymer which actually CAN be vacuumed out. It is a cost effective maintenance method for commercial carpets.
Bonnet Cleaning The Bonnet Cleaning method is similar to dry foam. The major difference is that when bonnet method is used, the company sets a large cotton bonnet on your carpet. Using a machine, the bonnet spins from side to side, absorbing the dirt that's in the carpet. After the bonnet is saturated with dirt, another cotton bonnet is applied. Bonnet cleaning is like trying to use a large towel to rub the dirt out of your carpet. It can, however be effective on glue down or commercial carpets.
Dry Compound The dry-compound method spreads an absorbent mixture made of recycled corn stalks. It looks like wet sawdust all over your carpeting. Then the machine brushes the mixture into the carpet, which in theory causes dirt to absorb into the mixture. Once the mixture has dried, a vacuum cleaner sucks the residue out of the carpeting. However, vacuuming does not remove all the residue, which accumulates over time between the carpet and pad. Because the carpet is not rinsed in any way, this method is not very effective.
HOT WATER EXTRACTION The second carpet cleaning method is called “hot water extraction”. This is a fancy way of saying that a hot water cleaning solution under high pressure is forced into the carpet and then sucked out of the carpet. This method is also referred to as steam cleaning even though steam is not used. Shaw Industries, the world's largest carpet manufacturer, recommends hot water extraction and you can choose from two different types: Portable extraction, which is done with a small machine.
Or truck mount extraction which means the large cleaning machine is mounted in a truck or van. Misconception
#4: Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly. NOT TRUE.
Many companies own hot-water cleaners -- but many company employees don't know how to use them. You probably know someone who bought the newest computer on the market, but didn't learn how to use it for a year or more. The same is true with carpet cleaning machines. The company you are considering may own good equipment, but the employees may not know how to use it correctly.
This is why it's important that you choose your carpet cleaner carefully. The best carpet cleaning companies are those that have been certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, known as the IICRC.
A carpet cleaning company cannot buy this certification. The carpet cleaner must earn the certification through study, experience and the successful completion of formal, written examinations. In addition to IICRC training all SERVPRO carpet techs are required to complete a proprietary SERVPRO course training in production and safety. The IICRC provides written credentials to the companies it certifies. So before you choose a carpet cleaner, ask to see written proof of the company's IICRC certification. All certified technicians are required to carry an IICRC certification card with them. Before you select a company, decide what you want to accomplish.
If you want the carpet cleaner to remove only some of the dirt, you can choose from hundreds of companies that use small shampooers or other cleaning methods.
On the other hand, if you want your carpet thoroughly cleaned -- if you want to remove the harmful dirt, bacteria, pollens, chemicals and tobacco residues -- then you need to hire a company that uses a hot water extraction unit mounted in a truck. This is the only way to assure that your carpet remains healthy and free from dirt, disease-causing bacteria, and hurtful chemicals. If you want the best, most powerful cleaning available.
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has powerful portable extraction units that we use for high rises and other places our truck mounted machines cannot be used. We offer the same quality assurance, however it just takes us more time. So remember that the price you see offered may not be for the services you want performed.
As a way of improving our profession, we take a lot of time in educating the public in our industry’s best practices. The only way you can make an intelligent decision is to have all the facts you need. This is why we are engaged in writing this article and many others for your home or business. Below are some things for consideration to try and understand pricing.
First, the type of carpet: Certain types of carpet are harder to clean than others. So before we can give you a quote, we need to know the type of carpet you want cleaned.
Second, the amount of soiling: Carpet that hasn't been cleaned for ten years will take longer to clean than carpet that was cleaned within the last six months. Third, the amount of furniture that has to be moved: If we have to move your furniture, the bid must include that labor. To recap, we consider the type of carpet, the amount of soiling, and the amount of furniture that has to be moved. So, as you can now imagine, every quotation is different. If you want your carpeting to be completely and thoroughly cleaned, call SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941)792-7715.
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