Despite the advent of contemporary technology, there are numerous misunderstandings regarding carpet cleaning that have persisted over time. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common urban legends, along with the reasons why they’re no longer true. For more information on Carpet Cleaner, visit our website.
Myth 1: “Wait as long as you can before cleaning a carpet because the more you clean it, the faster it will become dirty.”
True, but because dirt is abrasive, dirt is crushed into the carpet fibres every time you walk on it, causing damage. A dirty carpet will need to be replaced before a clean one. Vacuuming will not keep a carpet free of grease and fine grains, which contribute to the carpet’s wear and tear.
Myth 2: “You should only clean a carpet when it appears unclean.”
No, you’d wash your clothes after you’ve worn them, even if they appear to be clean. Pollens, fungus, germs, and air pollution such as cigarette smoke, car exhaust fumes, and hundreds of other substances can all be found in carpets. These can be transported from the outdoors to your carpet by your hair, skin, clothing, and shoes.
Pollens, fungi, and chemicals in your carpet can aggravate allergies and respiratory problems.
Myth #3: “All cleaning procedures produce the same outcome.”
Dry cleaning and hot water extraction are the two most common ways.
dry cleaning (a) (This differs from dry cleaning clothing in that all carpet cleaning processes, whether dry-foam, dry-chemical, or dry compound, require water in some form or another.)
Your carpet is shampooed and allowed to dry before being vacuumed to remove the foam and any adherent dirt with dry foam. This procedure is ineffective and can leave a soil-attracting residue in the carpet.
The dry chemical method is similar to the dry foam method, except that it uses a rotary machine with a cloth to wipe the carpet and absorb the dirt. On a bigger scale, it’s the same as someone using a spot cleaner and a towel. This procedure also fails to provide a thorough clean and can harm carpet fibres.
For lightly stained carpets, these dry-cleaning methods may be sufficient.
The dry compound method involves applying an absorbent compound to the carpet, which is then machine-brushed into the carpet fibres to absorb dirt. When the compound is dry, it is vacuumed away, similar to the dry foam approach but significantly more successful in removing dirt and residues. The HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner System is the most popular carpet dry-cleaning procedure in Europe, with over 70 carpet mills recommending it.
(b) hot water extraction (sometimes known as “steam cleaning,” albeit this term is misleading).
A strong machine injects a high-pressure hot water cleaning solution into the carpet fibres, which is subsequently removed. For the most effective clean, its deep cleaning action totally penetrates every fibre, absorbing practically all of the moisture pushed into the carpet, as well as soil and residues.
Hot water extraction is recommended by the world’s top carpet maker. Another fallacy is that hot water will not damage the carpet. As with bathing, laundry, and dishwashing, the most effective approach of cleaning carpets is to wash and rinse them with hot water.
Myth #4: “Anyone with the necessary tools can achieve it.”
This is obviously not the case. It’s also crucial to have the right training and experience. Many cleaning companies have hot-water cleaners, but some personnel have little or no training, and even some owner-operators are unaware of how to properly utilise them. As a result, it’s critical to pick a carpet cleaning service carefully.
Check with the Prochem Training School or the National Carpet Cleaners Association to see if the company and on-site operators have been thoroughly trained and certified. The NCCA issues written credentials to the companies it certifies, so you can request verification or check the NCCA.co.uk membership directory.
Myth #5: “The cheapest price is always the best value.”
There are two key elements to keep in mind: the bids are for the same service, and the advertised price is the price you will be paid.
(a) Comparative quotes are for services that are identical.
You are certainly conducting research while you read this. Decide what you need to achieve and what you don’t need to achieve before inviting a firm to provide a quote.
If you need a rapid surface clean, for example, numerous companies offer shampoos or other cleaning solutions, or you can rent a machine to perform the job for you.
If you want your carpet deep-cleaned to remove dirt, bacteria, pollen, chemicals, and other residues, the cleaning business should preferably provide a quote for employing a professional hot water extraction technique, which is the best approach to maintain your carpet free of dirt and abrasive chemicals.
(b) double-check that the listed pricing is for the services you seek.
Homeowners have been the victims of deceptive advertising in the past, where the amount they are charged is higher than the price advertised in the advertisement or brochure. Some carpet cleaners advertise a low fee, such as £9.99 per room, in order to persuade a potential customer to spend more while they are in your home.
Myth #6: “An honest business can give you a quote over the phone.”
An estimate can be given’site unseen,’ as with most services, but each task is likely to have different requirements, so should an honest company be pressed into charging for the quickest anticipated service or to account for unforeseen difficulties?
Reputable carpet cleaning firms frequently price jobs based on the square footage of carpet, since this determines the amount of consumables and time required. It may be feasible to acquire a price over the phone if a potential customer knows the exact number of square feet to be cleaned, subject to confirmation when the professional cleaner arrives on site.
Other things to take into account are:
(a) the carpet’s kind. Some carpets require more time to clean than others.
(b) how much soiling there is. Carpets that have gathered filth over a lengthy period of time will take longer to clean than carpets