5 Things You Should Know Before Choosing a Residential Carpet Cleaning Service
#1: Which method of cleaning do they use?
Hot water extraction performed by a truck mounted unit is the method recommended by the world's largest carpet manufacturers. This method requires the largest investment from the cleaning company so it is a good indication that the company is serious about their business. When performed by a qualified technician, hot water extraction using a truck mounted system will give your carpet the deepest, healthiest cleaning possible.
#2: Are the technicians certified by the IICRC?
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is an independent body that provides the most complete technical training courses and seminars available to carpet cleaning and restoration professionals. IICRC Certification and Training is expensive so many companies cut corners when it comes to training their employees. Before agreeing to have your carpet or upholstery cleaned, you should ask to see written proof of the company's and the technician's IICRC certification.
Allergy Relief Treatment
Exposure to dust mites and pet allergens are two of the most common causes of indoor allergies.
With specialized products that can neutralize most common household allergens and hot water extraction cleaning methods, Floor Care Solutions can reduce allergens in your home by 90% or more. Keeping your home, in particular the sleeping areas, clean and free of allergens is crucial to your health.
According to the Center for Disease Control, a mattress can have between 10,000 and 10 million dust mites in it. Dust mites contain an antigen which can trigger allergy and asthma attacks.
If you suffer from allergies or asthma, Floor Care Solutions recommends regular hot water extraction or "steam" cleaning of all fabric surfaces in your bedrooms, including mattresses, carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture to effectively remove most dust mites and other allergens like pet hair and dander.
Myths and Misconceptions about Commercial Carpet Cleaning.
Floor Care Solutions believes that an educated consumer is our best ally so we want to help you avoid costly mistakes by exposing some common myths and misconceptions about carpet cleaning.
Misconception #1: You should always wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet.
No. Carpet is designed to hide dirt. Some types of weaves can hide as much as a pound of dirt in one square foot of carpet before it is even noticeable. All dirt or soil is extremely abrasive. It is also insoluble, meaning it does not dissolve in water. Dry soil is similar to sandpaper. Every time you step on the carpet, you grind soil into the fibers. When carpets are left dirty for extended periods of time the fibers will become damaged. Damaged carpet fibers are what make your carpet look worn, dull or dingy. Even a thorough cleaning cannot return your carpet to its previous appearance once the fibers have been damaged. Imagine wiping a piece of sandpaper across a mirror. Once the mirror is scratch it will never reflect light same way it did before it was scratched.
Therefore, it only makes sense that a dirty carpet will not last nearly as long as a clean one. A systematic vacuuming program is one of your greatest allies, but by itself, it is simply not enough. The longer you wait 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. In fact the IICRC standards for carpet cleaning S100, the CRI carpet & Rug institute, and United States EPA all state that: CARPETING MUST BE CLEANED FIRST FOR HEALTH, AND THEN FOR APPEARANCE. Studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have proven that the indoor air quality of many buildings is more polluted than the outdoor air.
Environmentally Responsible Commercial Carpet Cleaning.
Floor Care Solutions provides environmentally responsible Commercial Carpet and Textile Cleaning. Delivered in the fastest, least intrusive, most user friendly manner.
Our minimal moisture system provides unparallel drying times allowing access to freshly cleaned carpeted areas in as little as an hour. Our process is designed to minimize environmental impact indoors as well as outdoors.
A typical “steam cleaning” carpet cleaner consumes over a gallon of water per minute. To clean 1,000 square feet of carpet a typical steam cleaner will use approximately 120 gallons of water. This means that every minute that cleaning is performed; a gallon of water will be removed from the municipal water supply. A variety of cleaning chemicals and solvents will be introduced to the water during the cleaning process. The water that’s recovered from the carpet will thereby contain soil and contaminants from the carpet as well as a host of chemicals. This concoction of “black” water, (in many cases it literally is black) will then be discharged into the municipal sewage system as “spent” water. In other words at a rate of a gallon of water per minute, clean water is consumed, contaminated, and discharged as sewage. What a waste of a natural resource.