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Having your carpets clean usually is a once a year thing, so getting it done right is very important. By using a professional, well trained company, you minimise the risk of damage. The important thing to remember is that a reputable reliable company that has been in the trade for many years will not only look after your furnishings as they are doing the cleaning service but will also use top of the range steam cleaning equipment and cleaning solutions.
Possible Consequences of Hiring a Cheap Carpet Cleaning Company
One of the worst things that a cheap carpet cleaning company does is not to put carpet protectors under furniture after the cleaning has been done. If the carpets are being cleaned under furniture, it is important to place plastic mats under table legs etc. This will stop the dye in the wood from bleeding into the carpet fibres.
If the dye from furniture comes in contact with the carpet and it is left to dry, it is almost impossible to remove. The only way to remove it is to dye the area with a carpet dye. It’s best not to let this happen from the start. A professional carpet cleaner would use protectors to stop this from happening. In the picture below, you can see the plastic pads used to prevent the dye from getting to the carpet after it has been cleaned.
In some cases, underneath furniture a dry stroke can be used. This means that the carpet there will be dry almost straightaway and be safe for the furniture to be placed back there. With lounge suites that sit low to the carpet, it’s important that underneath it is as dry as possible. If these areas are left to wet, it can cause mould to form and damage the carpet and the upholstery.
When doing a steam clean to get the carpet to dry faster, a double pass process is used. This means that the first pass is a cleaning pass and the second one is to dry the carpet. By using this type of method, the carpets can be dry in half the time. This is especially important when steam cleaning wool carpets. If woolen carpets are left to wet, it can cause discolouration and permanent damage.
Things Homeowners Can Do to Prepare Their Homes for Carpet Cleaning
Preparing the home before a carpet cleaner arrives is the best way to have a thorough deep steam or dry clean. It’s best if the customer removes all the small things from the carpets prior to the cleaner arriving. These items include things like kids toys and small ornaments. With bigger items like book cases, these are best left where they are. The same goes for televisions and their stands. Have rugs rolled up and moved to another room that isn’t being cleaned. But if the rugs are being cleaned along with the carpets, it’s best to leave them where they are and the technician can decide where it’s best to clean them.
Remove Unnecessary Items and Store Them Away Temporarily
Removing as much of the things out of a rooms for when a cleaner arrives will give them a good clear run at the job, and will also show up any stains in the carpet that can be treated prior to the cleaning process. When all the furniture in a room is moved, it’s amazing how dirty the carpets look. It will show up all the walkway dirt and wear in the carpet. In most cases, the lounge suite can be left in the room and so can beds, as these items can be moved around whilst doing the cleaning. Beds can be moved from left to right in the bedroom if they are on casters. If the beds are not on casters, then the cleaner can go as far under them as they can reach without damaging them.
Keep Kids and Pets Away
Once the cleaning company arrives, it’s best to leave them to do the job and keep kids and animals away, as there will be hot hoses and working machines in the house. Cleaning solutions are also sprayed onto the carpets to remove the dirt and stains, and until they have been cleaned off they are very slippery, especially when walking from the carpets to a tiled surface.
It always pays to use a reputable and professional company that will do the job right, and one that will also deodorise and sanitise the carpets at the same time as the steam or dry cleaning.