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Ever wondered how we get our carpet cleaning hoses all the way up to the top of a cruise ship which could be up to 16 decks high?

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Here’s how….

 

Once the rope has been thrown over, the hoses are attached to the rope and pulled skilfully up to the deck we are working on.

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Putting your house on the market? Here’s why carpet cleaning can help you close a quick sale!

Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, it’s important you maximise the sale price of your home while avoiding it sitting on the market for too long.
Converting a garage, adding a bedroom, replacing old flooring and renovating kitchens and bathrooms are all proven to add value to a property.
But if you haven’t got thousands of pounds to invest, how do you do add value and make your home a more attractive proposition to potential buyers?

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 Clean carpets can make or break a sale!

What do your carpets look and smell like?

What might be a charming ‘lived-in’ appearance and smell to you, will almost certainly put off buyers. While colour schemes and design are a matter of personal taste, there’s nothing more off-putting to house hunters than dirty, smelly carpets. (Especially carpets that emit the smell of dog or cat urine!)
But should you replace them if they’ve seen better days?
This is not usually necessary in our experience.
Replacing carpets usually runs into the thousands of pounds and causes too much upheaval while you’re in the process of trying to sell your home.
By choosing to have your carpets professionally cleaned, you minimise disruption and save a small fortune.

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Do you need to clean your carpets?

If your carpets have any obvious stains or odours, or simply haven’t been cleaned in a long time, it is wise to get them professionally cleaned before putting your home on the market.
The longer you have lived in your home, the more your senses will have adapted to the appearance and smell of your carpets and flooring.

Potential buyers on the other hand, will quickly pick up on any unsightly stains and curious odours.

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Clean, fresh smelling carpets will project a positive first impression to viewers, and, if they don’t need to replace the carpets, it’s one less cost that they will be concerned about when considering purchasing your home.

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If you’re thinking of selling your home, we provide professional carpet cleaning in Wigan, Chorley, Bolton, St Helens, Warrington and surrounding areas.

 

These Common Shop Bought Cleaning Products Can Ruin Your Carpets and Upholstery!

In addition to carpet and furniture cleaning jobs, we often get  calls about stain removal.
Most spillages and common stains can be treated and removed successfully if we know what we’re dealing with.
But the real problems occur when a customer purchases and uses one of the common stain removal products that are sold in most supermarkets (no names mentioned but there’s more than one offending brand that fits the criteria here…)

 

Seen here damage to carpets by using over the counter stain removal products.

I still can’t quite get my head around how some of these products can be sold as “stain removers” when they rarely get rid of the stain and often make it far worse and much more difficult to remove to the point sometimes were the stain has been sealed in to the carpet and cannot be removed at all. Often causing irreversible damage to the carpet fibres.

OK, so now I am actually naming and shaming one particular product, however there are many other products that do similar damage.

This is the reason why Gerrards give all our customers a bottle of our own label professional spotter/ stain remover to use in between deep cleans.
It is also our way of saying “Thank You” for your business too!

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Your Carpet is the Biggest Filter in Your Home!

When you were selecting the carpet in your home, you may not have thought much about how carpet contributes to your family’s health and well-being. Perhaps you were thinking style, colour, and durability. However, one of the greatest, but often overlooked benefits of carpet is its contribution to healthier indoor air quality.

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Your carpet is the biggest filter in your home. Just like your washing machine filter or vacuum cleaner filter or air conditioning that filters out airborne soils that pass through it, your carpet does the same thing. During the autumn and winter months when your windows are rarely opened, it becomes a bigger issue.
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Carpeting absorbs tracked in soil like dirt, asphalt, pollens, insecticides, bacterial matter, and fungus. This can be clearly seen with “draught marks”. 
The black lines that appear on light coloured carpet around the skirting boards, under the doors and around cool air returns is called “filtration soiling” or “draught marks”.
The filtering process that your carpet provides keeps those soils from becoming airborne. These soils are trapped in the carpet. They are then removed with regular vacuuming and regular professional cleaning.

If you do not clean your carpet on a regular basis, the filter becomes full. Would you leave your air conditioning filters for years on end without replacing them or cleaning them? No. The cleaning industry at large has not done a good job of educating the public about these kinds of issues; therefore many consumers are uninformed of the impact.

Not maintaining your carpet not only leaves it exposed to permanent traffic area damage and permanent staining, but it contributes to an unhealthy indoor environment.

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