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.
Let’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.
- Is there a loss of power due to the length of hoses from the van to my house?
When ringing round for quotes, often callers have been told that booking a carpet cleaning company who operate high performance truck mounted cleaning systems instead of the small electric machines brought in to the house by some carpet cleaners, that the length of the hose from the machine to their home would result in a loss off cleaning performance, producing an inferior clean. The average hose length from the machine to an average home is a mere 75 feet, contrast that to the same machines cleaning carpets on P&O’s Britannia.
Here in this photograph the hoses from the machine stretch 15 decks, pass through a
cabin, across an alleyway and up to the 16th deck to clean two sides a buffet
restaurant simultaneously, with a drying time of around an hour.
The total hose length for this job is 900 feet. To be able to complete such
seemingly impossible job, you need the most powerful and sophisticated
carpet cleaning systems on the planet.
The very same machines that come to clean carpet and upholstery in your home or premises.