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by Jason Neale
Don’t Fall for Surprisingly Low Rates
Are there industry standards for carpet cleaning?
Unfortunately, there are no standards in place for the carpet cleaning industry. The nearest thing to it is call the Australian Standard, but this is not required by any carpet cleaner or company. So how do you know if you’re getting a good quality carpet cleaner to clean your carpets, rugs and upholstery? Well, this is hard to find out but the one thing to do is ask for a full guarantee and any work that is being carried out. If the price sounds too good to be true, then it usually is. Some companies advertise low rates and then up sell when they get to the property – this is called a switch and bait.
Find a Trustworthy Carpet Cleaner
What should you ask a cleaner before hiring their services?
The main thing is get to know some fundamentals about the company like how long they have been in business for and if they carry a full liability insurance. Also ask what is included in the service. With a professional carpet cleaner, a good pre vacuum should be done first, then a full pre stain treatment and also a spot staining, followed by the carpet steam cleaning or carpet dry cleaning. This should be the same for rug cleaning and upholstery cleaning.
Using a carpet cleaner that understands the fundamentals about how to clean carpets effectively will mean you get a better job done. Along with the steam cleaning, a carpet cleaner can also add in some deodorisers and sanitisers. These cleaning solutions will help to eliminate any bacteria in the carpet or seats and help to keep the home germ free. Germs can easily build up in the home. If you have small children, they can drop all sorts over our carpets and seats. If these spills aren’t cleaned up straightaway, they can start to product mould, and can also damage the fibres of rugs, carpets and upholstery. So hiring the services of a professional will eliminate any of these problems from occurring.
The edges of carpets are a breeding ground for germs, so it’s important that the cleaning company you hire to clean your carpets gets right into the edges and flushes out any dust and bacteria. This can be done by the cleaner using a crevice tool. The tool is attached to the steam cleaning machine and pulled along the side of the carpet, removing all the in ground dirt and dust and anything else that may have fallen down there. This is where using a quality carpet cleaner over a cheap carpet cleaning Melbourne company would be better.
Point Out Areas You Want the Carpet Cleaner to Especially Work On
Walking through the job when the cleaner arrives is also a good thing to do. This way you can point out any problems that you feel you would like the cleaner to deal with, and it also ensures that the carpet cleaner doesn’t miss anything. If there is a particular stain or bad smell in the carpets or upholstery, a treatment can be done beforehand. With some stains, a cleaning solution may have to be mixed up and left on the carpet for a few minutes to dwell. This dwelling helps the cleaning product to react with the stains and make it easier for the cleaning process to remove it.
With bad odours, it very important that a sanitiser and even a deodoriser is used. These solutions may have to sit on the surface of the carpet for a few minute in order for them to work effectively. In some cases with a bad smell in carpet, it may require a solution to be injected into the base to help break down the enzymes that are creating the odor. Cat urine is probably the worst type of smell to remove from carpets, rugs or upholstery. A carpet cleaning company would know how best to remove this type of smell, which would need the aid of some very strong cleaning solutions. In most cases with cat urine, the product being used would have to be put on neat and not diluted. This will give a better treatment and ensure the odour doesn’t return.
This is one thing to get right when hiring a carpet cleaning company. If a stain or odour does come back the next day, make sure the company you hired will return and treat it for you. With some stains that are buried deep in the underlay, they may start to reappear once the carpet starts to dry out. This is caused by the moisture in the air. It will keep happening until the stain is fully removed from the surface of the carpet and the underlay. With underlay, they act like a big sponge, so they can soak up a large amount of liquid and hold it there. Once the spill becomes wet again when there is moisture in the air, the stain starts to move to the surface again. To remove it completely, the carpet cleaning company needs to use a subsurface extraction process. This method of cleaning is done by not pulling the carpet or underlay up, but by injecting a cleaning solution deep into the base of the underlay and then removing it with a powerful extraction unit. After this type of process, the stain should be gone forever.
This is another reason why it’s so important to use a professional carpet cleaning company that can handle any type of cleaning job. All jobs are different and may require a different type of cleaning technique. Hiring a company that has the different carpet cleaning machines on board will mean the best job will be done for your particular needs.