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The biggest mistakes people make when choosing a carpet cleaner would have to be going with the cheapest price. This is fraught with danger and usually ends up either costing more when the cleaner arrives, or ends in having a bad job done.
Carpet Cleaning Process
Carpet cleaning like everything else is something that needs to be done with care, and there are some steps that need to be taken in order to get a quality job done.
Firstly, a good and thorough pre vacuum of the carpets should be done, then a spot stain treatment. This is done to stains that may just need a stronger cleaning solution, which must be applied prior to the cleaning. Once the spot cleaning has been done a shampoo is applied; this is pre sprayed over the entire carpet and covering all stains. The shampoo will help to release any dirt within the carpet. Some cheap carpet cleaners will try and charge customers extra for this, but it should be part of the job.
The most effective cleaning process is with a steam clean. Steam cleaning can be used on all carpet types, but let’s not forget that some stains will be permanent no matter what type of cleaning system is used. With permanent stains the only way to fully remove them is with specialist stain removal techniques or by dying carpet fibres.
Low Moisture Clean
Another cleaning system we use here at Best 1 Cleaning is low moisture cleaning. This method works very well on nylon carpets and commercial carpets. A similar process to that of steam cleaning is done to start with, such as the spot stain treatments and applying a shampoo. But the shampoo is a different type of cleaning solution; it is designed to encapsulate the dirt and stains and is then extracted by using a specially design absorbent pad attached to a rotary scrubbing machine.
Guide to Finding a Professional Carpet Cleaning Company
Either method can be very effective, but you need to make sure the cleaning company being hired is a reputable one that understands the different cleaning techniques; this will ensure the best job possible.
Using a professional carpet cleaner will mean your carpets will stay cleaner for longer and more of the stains and dirt will be removed. This is because a professional company will have the necessary cleaning machines and products to effectively clean any carpet type.
Many customers tell us that the last cleaner didn’t do a very good job, and that the carpets didn’t look any different after the clean. This is down to two things: the first is inexperience, don’t forget anyone can become a carpet cleaner just by buying a cheap machine from eBay, and a second hand van. But this doesn’t mean they know how to effectively clean carpets. The other is they purchase old second hand machines that aren’t up to the job. This will leave dirt and the cleaning solution in the carpet after the clean.
If the machine being used isn’t properly maintained and some of the cleaning agents are not extracted properly from the carpet. It leaves a sticky residue that attracts dirt and re-soils the carpet faster. This is also why carpets deteriorate faster; they are not being cleaned properly in the first place, and too many bad cleans will shorten the life of the carpet.
Carpet Cleaning Company for Exit Cleaning
Many tenants vacating a rental property choose the cheapest carpet cleaning quote, but this is the worst thing they can do. If the carpets are not cleaned to a high enough standard, the real estate agent will just get the carpets re-cleaned again at the expense of the tenant.
Always remember a cheap carpet clean is cheap for a reason, and it’s usually down to the fact that you will get a quick in and out job done. In most cases, using a reputable and professional company doesn’t cost that much more; sometimes only a few dollars. We have had customers go with a cheaper price over just five dollars. Most times the customer will call us up a few days later wanting it done properly. So don’t take the risk of using a dodgy company.
With Best 1 Cleaning, we say “quality first because quality lasts”
Below is a before and after picture of how a carpet should come up after a professional clean.