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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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Spring Clean Survey…

 

As part of National Spring Cleaning Week the general public were asked to help with a Spring Clean Survey to undercover general attitudes towards cleanliness and cleaning habits.

The survey found that around 40% of typical households considered it rude if guests did not take their shoes off when visiting their house. However, around 8 to 10% of those admitted to wearing their own shoes around the house.

The survey revealed that 70% of people had brought mud into their home, and 25% admitted to treading dog poo in their carpet. Dog faeces carries a wealth of bacteria, and if it is not removed promptly and correctly, it can be passed on to adults, children and other animals. Professional cleaning can ensure elimination of such germs and bacteria.

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Interestingly, over 25% of those surveyed said that they’d changed a baby’s nappy on the carpet. Some carpets may look clean on the surface, but the visible grime we notice is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Over 85% of soil is buried deep within the carpet pile, and most domestic vacuum cleaners and steamers haven’t got what it takes to get rid of these deep-down germs.
Professional cleaning not only improves the appearance of carpets and upholstery, but also creates a more hygienic environment, by removing accumulated soil and debris.
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It is not uncommon to rest on our sofas when feeling unwell, so it is crucial to keep your home clean to prevent spreading germs further around the house, and even to the wider community. NHS research has shown that two thirds of Britons don’t follow basic hygiene, which makes the need for regular, professional cleaning all the more important.

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P&O have announced the name of their new ship which will come in to service in 2020.

As you know, we were hoping for it to be named Canberra, the first P&O ship we travelled and worked on. Who knows maybe they’re waiting for the second ship on order which is due to be launched in 2022 to have the beautiful name of Canberra!

Fingers Crossed!

P&O Cruises to announce name for new ship this week!

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P&O Cruises are planning to reveal the name of its new ship later this week after receiving 30,000 suggestions from the British public.

The 5,200-passenger ship is due to enter service in 2020 and its name will be revealed on Thursday (May 24) at 4pm on the brand’s Facebook’s page.

P&O ran a competition last year when it invited members of the public to come up with their suggested names for the ship.

Canberra was the first P & O cruise ship Gerrards worked on and it was the start of our marine carpet and upholstery cleaning career 25 years ago.
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So personally we are hoping the new ship will be named CANBERRA.