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6 Co$tly Misconceptions About Carpet Cleaning

MISCONCEPTION #1: You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet.

     No!  Dirt is an 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--by itself, it is 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 dirt.

      No. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, and car exhaust--and hundreds of other chemicals. When you come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria, and chemicals in your hair and on your skin, clothing, and shoes. Not surprisingly, all 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 pollens, 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 chemical and dry compound, don�t rinse your carpet in any way. Instead, they leave a dirty residue. You might say they clean your carpet only half way. 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 drawn back out of your carpet. This allows the dirt, bacteria, and pollens to be broken up and extracted from your carpet. Shaw Industries, the world�s largest carpet manufacturer, requires hot water extraction as the primary method of cleaning carpets. 

    Some people believe that hot water damages your carpet, but this isn�t true. By washing and then rinsing your carpet with hot water, your carpet is thoroughly cleaned.  

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. Before you choose a carpet cleaner, ask to see written proof of the company�s IICRC certification.

 MISCONCEPTION #5: The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire. 

     No. I�ve seen so many problems arise from lowest-bid companies that I suggest you NEVER hire a company that quotes the cheapest price. The two most common problems are: 

     1. The price may not be for the services you want performed. The company may be equipped to remove only the dirt from your carpet. But you may want bacteria, fungus, pollens, 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 saw advertised lasted only until the carpet cleaner got to 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 were true, but it isn�t.  Many companies will quote you a price over the phone, but once they are inside your home the extras start adding up!

      Honest, reputable carpet cleaning companies almost never price carpet cleaning by the room or over the phone. 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.  Other factors that contribute to the cost of cleaning include: type of fiber (wool, nylon, olefin, polyester, etc.), degree of soiling, pet odors/stains, items moved, and if other cleaning detergents already exist in the carpet. 



















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