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Professional or Amateur?

ExpensiveIf you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” That famous quote is attributed to Red Adair, who in his professional career, extinguished over 1,000 oil rig fires. My guess is no one really wants to hire an amateur to put out those kinds of fires, especially when you consider that they use explosives instead of water.
The difference between the professionals and the amateurs, in any business, comes down to training and experience.
Always do your research. Choose the correct professional for the job.
GERRARDS CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANERS – A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS SINCE 1975

Happy Birthday!

Cleaning a dusty carpet, or a remote corner of a room is no big deal if you have a vacuum cleaner. Ever wondered who to credit for inventing this very handy household item? ..
British engineer Hubert Cecil Booth. The idea of a hygienic way to clean dust occurred to Booth while attending a demonstration of American machines in London. He observed that cleaning machines blew or brushed dirt away making it a messy affair overall. Booth thought of designing a machine that would suck up dust instead.

Today marks the 147th birthday of Hubert Cecil Booth. One of his machines was a large horse drawn gas driven machine. This could often be seen parked outside of properties that were being cleaned the hose would be pulled through the windows of the building to where the carpet was being cleaned.

HC Booth machine-001   1901  

 Van 5-001  2018

One of our machines today -The HydraMaster Titan 575.

                                                                           

 

 

We Wear Our Badge With Pride!

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

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Gerrards Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners – Proud to be a Dementia Friendly Company! 

Find out how to become a Dementia Friend by clicking the Forget Me Not below… Dementia-pic

Carpet Cleaning Myths

Regular professional cleaning can keep your carpets looking beautifully clean and fresh for many years.
Despite this, some homeowners are reluctant to get their carpets cleaned due to concerns and misconceptions about the potential problems that carpet cleaning can cause.
In this blog we are going to address some myths and give you the real facts about carpet cleaning.

CheaperLet’s make a start by addressing some of the most common misconceptions raised by first-time callers over the phone:

  • Will my carpets take days to dry after professional cleaning?

No, they won’t. (Unless they’ve been cleaned using excessive moisture or with a machine without enough suction to remove sufficient moisture).
An experienced carpet cleaning company should be using machinery that won’t
over-wet your carpets and they should be touch dry when they leave and pretty much dry in two to three hours.

This is a myth that dies hard because there are still companies out there that operate under powered equipment and have shoddy cleaning processes.

  • Will my carpets get dirty quicker after they’re cleaned?

This is another misconception frequently heard.
If a carpet is cleaned using the correct equipment, chemicals and process, this most definitely isn’t the case.
A carpet will only re-soil quickly if the cleaning chemicals used aren’t appropriate for the fibres and stains, if they haven’t been fully extracted or rinsed out from the carpet  leaving behind sticky residues that attract and harbour dirt.
Once again, the result depends on a conscientious and responsible company using the correct machinery and suitable cleaning solutions.

  • You can’t wet-clean wool carpets!

This is incorrect.
If wool carpets are cleaned using the correct temperatures, safe chemicals and they are not over-wet then the cleaning process will help protect and maintain the beautiful appearance of the wool.
It is also important to facilitate drying times using a powerful extraction machine and, if appropriate, the use of turbo dryers.

  • If I have my carpets cleaned too often, will it damage or “wear out” my carpets?

Your carpets should be professionally cleaned on a regular basis.
The misconception that the carpet cleaning process can wear out carpets is simply not true.
Professional carpet cleaning removes the ingrained soils and grit that cause damage to fibres and prolongs the life of your carpets and rugs. Not only that; carpets act as a filter, its dense fibre construction has the ability to trap and retain airborne dust, allergens, small particles and fumes keeping them out of the air. Therefore improving the air quality within your home. Like all filters your carpets need emptying from time to time to remove all the trapped dust, mould, pet dander and debris.

  • But aren’t all carpet cleaning processes the same?

Reading websites, it may appear that all carpet cleaners and their methods are the same.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
While dry carpet cleaning methods can be effective for light maintenance cleans and some commercial carpets, to get the best results look for a carpet cleaning company that uses a hot water extraction method (often referred to as ‘steam cleaning’), and preferably one that uses a high performance truck mounted carpet cleaning system which are at least 20 times more powerful than the small electric machine some carpet cleaners use.
The results attained are the best possible and drying times minimal.

 

WHICH OF THESE SYSTEMS DO YOU THINK WILL GIVE YOU THE MOST THOROUGH CLEAN AND SHORTEST DRYING TIMES?

1969…

1969 was a memorable year;

It was the year QE2 had her maiden voyage and Concorde flew for the first time.

It was also the year Neil Armstrong and ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon.

And yesterday we cleaned the oldest carpet we have come across in 43 years in the carpet cleaning industry. This carpet is a Wilton carpet and was fitted in 1969.

Note from the photograph below how the carpet is in 36 inch strips which are sewn together, sometimes on site. And it’s still in fabulous condition after nearly 50 years.

 

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