6 COSTLY MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CARPET CLEANING
MISCONCEPTION #1: You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet.
No. Dirt is abrasive like
sandpaper. Every time you step on your carpet you grind dirt into the carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet just as if you
had used a knife. This cutting causes your carpet to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last as long as a clean carpet,
and while vacuuming helps, it's simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do
to your carpet and the faster it wears out.
MISCONCEPTION #2: The only reason to clean carpets is to remove the
No. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollen, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke,
car exhaust and hundreds of other chemicals. When you come into your home, you carry that pollen, bacteria, and chemicals
in your hair, skin, clothing, and shoes. Not surprisingly, all of those chemicals and toxins wind up in your carpet.
If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems, one major source of your problem could be the pollen,
fungus, smoke, and chemicals in your carpet.
MISCONCEPTION #3: One method of carpet cleaning is as good as another.
No. The dry-cleaning methods, which are dry foam, dry chemicals, and dry compound, do not rinse your carpet in any
way. Instead, they leave a dirty residue. You might say they clean your carpet only halfway. The most effective cleaning method
is hot water extraction.
Hot water extraction means a hot water cleaning solution, under high pressure, is forced
into your carpet and then extracted out of your carpet. Shaw Industries, the world's largest carpet manufacturer, recommends
hot water extraction as the primary method of cleaning carpets, along with an IICRC approved firm.
use one of two types of hot water extraction. If they use a large unit that operates from a van or truck outside your facility,
it's called truck-mounted extraction. If they use a small unit that can be brought inside, it's called portable extraction.
Shaw's first choice is the truck-mounted system. They recommend the small portable unit only in areas where the
truck-mounted unit won't reach.
The truck-mounted extraction system cleans much better because it heats the water
to a higher temperature, which breaks up the dirt, bacteria, chemicals, and pollen in the
carpet. Then, the
machine uses high suction to draw the dirt and chemicals out of your
MISCONCEPTION #4: Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly.
Not true. Many companies own hot-water cleaners, but very few companies teach their employees how to use them properly.
This is why it's important that you choose your carpet cleaner carefully. The best cleaning companies are those that have
been certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, known as the IICRC.
MISCONCEPTION #5: The company that offers the lowest
price is the company you should hire.
No. We've seen so many problems arise from lowest-bid companies that I suggest
you NEVER hire the company that quotes the cheapest price. The two most common problems are:
1. The price may not
be for services you want performed. The company may be equipped to remove only the dirt from your carpet. But you may want
bacteria, fungus, pollen, dust mites and tobacco residues removed as well.
2. The price you see advertised may
not be the price you pay. Many homeowners have learned that the low price they say advertised lasted only until the carpet
cleaner got into their home. Then they were pressured into paying a lot more for a variety of add-ons. Some carpet cleaners
even break the law by using illegal bait and switch tactics!
MISCONCEPTION #6: Any honest carpet cleaning company
should be able to give you an exact price quote over the telephone.
I wish this was true, but it isn't.
Honest, reputable carpet cleaning companies almost never price carpet cleaning by the room. Instead, carpet cleaning is
usually priced by the square foot. So if you'd like me to tell you the exact cost of cleaning your carpet, I need to know
the exact number of square feet that you want cleaned. To get an accurate measurement, we use a measuring wheel to calculate
the exact size of the carpet area.
To give you an idea of how we estimate the cost of cleaning, here are the two
things we consider.
1. The type of carpet. Certain types of carpet are harder to clean than other types.
2. The amount of soiling. Carpet that hasn't been cleaned for ten years will take longer to clean than carpet that we cleaned
within the last six months.