10 Things To Know Before You Carpet Clean
- Not all carpet cleaning companies are the same. The results a carpet cleaning company will achieve depends on the skill of the technician, the amount of time taken on the job, the chemicals and equipment used. A proper job should never be rushed.
- Carpet cleaning is not regulated. One should try to find a company certified by the IICRC (International Institute for Cleaning and Restoration Certification), a company that maintains a standard for cleaning within the cleaning industry. IICRC certification helps to ensure that proper cleaning techniques are being used and that training has been provided. Click on the following link to help you locate certified carpet cleaning companies in your area. http://www.iicrc.org/locate-a-certified-professional/#north-america
- Your carpet cleaner should properly pre-vacuum at the start of the job. Too much dry soil (dust and dirt) can turn to mud when they combine with moisture during the cleaning process. Mud can be harder to remove and possible wick back while drying which can create spots. So, make sure that the carpet cleaning company pre-vacuums. Champion City Cleaner uses only industrial strength vacuums.
- Most spots are removed during the cleaning process. Some spots that may contain tannins, dyes, acids or caustics may remain and require specialized spot removal treatment. While lots of spots can be removed, stains are usually permanent and cannot be removed from carpet no matter what products or cleaning processes are used.
- A conditioning rinse should be used during the cleaning process. This will help rinse out current and past cleaning products as well as balance the carpets pH levels, which will leave the carpet feeling softer and reduce the chance of spots wicking up during the drying process.
- Carpets should be groomed after cleaning to ensure that they dry evenly and that the pile sits in the same direction. This can also help speed up the drying process.
- Let the cleaner know if you have previously used store-bought stain products. As some of these can and may have already caused carpet damage. The use of professional products may react with these and lead to even more damage or make the previous damage more noticeable.
- Carpet cleaning should not remove the stain protection used on your carpets by the manufacturer or a previous carpet cleaner. However, use and time will eventually start breaking down the protective coating. It is recommended to have a stain protector reapplied to the carpet to help keep the wear at a minimum and to maximize stain repellency. If your carpet has a warranty, stain protection may need to be applied with every cleaning so as not to void the warranty.
- A properly maintained carpet will look better and last longer. Soils in carpets can act like sand paper which can slowly destroy the shape of carpet fibres. This in turn can cause carpet to look older and wear out before its time. Regular cleaning can help prevent premature carpet wear and keep them looking fresher and cleaner longer.
- A carpet cleaning company should stand behind their work. If you feel they did a poor job or are not satisfied. You should be able to let them know and have them re-clean it within a reasonable amount of time.