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Is Steam or Dry Cleaning better for your carpets?
The two most commonly used methods. The steam and dry cleaning methods are the two most common processes used by professional carpet cleaners in the industry today. There is always a debate on whether carpet steam cleaning or dry cleaning is the best method to use. The answer is usually in the carpet manufacturers recommendations. Fabrics are now manufactured with different materials from wool, synthetic, organic, silk, bamboo and many other textiles. In more recent times carpet can be woven into a combination of two or more other materials that sometimes conventional steam or drycleaning may actually damage the fabric. Steam carpet cleaning is a good method but would not be recommended to use on viscose, silk, bamboo or natural fibers such as sisal, or even a combination of these fabrics as it will permanently damage and discolour the fiber. Dry carpet cleaning can be used on most fabrics however any looped carpet or woollen weave that isn't a straight pile should not be attempted by the dry clean process using the brush orbital machines. The dry clean method is more recommended for maintenance cleaning or short pile shallow fabrics. What is Carpet Steam cleaning? Most carpet technicians will favour or recommend the steam cleaning process. It is the most popular form of carpet cleaning. There are actually two types of steam cleaning. Steam cleaning is where the water is heated at a boiling point of 100 degrees celsius where it is delivered out of the cleaning wand in the form of actual steam. This provides a powerful cleaning action that breaks and dissolves a host of unwanted substances. Hot Water extraction is where the water is only heated to 60 degrees celsius but not to boiling point and delivered through the cleaning wand as hot water. This form of steam cleaning is also effective in combination with a carpet cleaning detergent. The steam cleaning process requires pressurised hot water which is then extracted through a wand into a waste tank. The pressure and extraction motor can be produced by a truckmount machine or a portable machine. What is Carpet Dry Cleaning? There are three categories that can be classed as dry cleaning: Encaptualation is a form of dry cleaning that requires a specific encapsulation chemical that is applied via a rotary agitation machine using a soft pad/s to scrub the carpet. The carpet is first pre vacuumed, agitated then vacuumed after it dries. The process required the dirt to be encapsulated as crystals prior to final vacuuming. Drying is usually around two hours on average. Bonnet carpet dry cleaning uses the same agitation process as encapsulation. It uses a neutralising chemical and pads (not brushes) to absorb the dirt. Drying time on average is about one hour. Dry powder cleaning is possibly the driest method as it uses a lightly moist neutralising powder that is spread over the area and worked into the carpet. The dirt is then absorbed in the powder substance. It is then vacuumed out of the carpet leaving it dry almost instantly.
DIY Carpet Cleaning Common Mistakes
Some of the main mistakes that happen when you hire a carpet cleaning machine usually stems from lack of experience as opposed to machine malfunction. There are mainly two mishaps that can happen which unfortunately can also happen to in-experience professional carpet cleaners. These are: Excessive wetting Over use of the carpet detergents Excessive Wetting This happens when there is too much water sprayed into the carpet when cleaning. Ideally steam cleaning would take on average between 4-6hrs to dry depending on ventilation. Should the carpet still be wet after 24hrs this becomes a problem as it then invites the onset of mould and mildew build-up. The best way to counter this problem is to have the water sucked out and install industrial floor air movers to get the carpets dry as quickly as possible. Overuse of carpet detergents. Overusing carpet detergents can at worst damage carpet permanently. The damage results in carpet bleaching, discolouration and damage to the fibers which is irreversible. Once you see too much soap it would be advisable to seek the help of a professional before it's too late. Most inexperienced individuals will use too much detergent thinking that it will make the carpets cleaner. All hired carpet cleaning machines will generally have a helpline or website help and instructions. However this unfortunately may not be enough as it sometimes comes down to the competency of the individual. To avoid the worst case scenario where you could be liable to replacing the carpets, this would be the best time to hire a professional carpet cleaning technician. Having better powerful machines this would take a simple rinsing with special acid neutraliser to bring the carpet to a neutral ph.
DIY or Professional Carpet Cleaner?
When you have made the decision to clean your carpets the choice between doing this yourself or hiring a professional may come down to the following three reasons: Cost Quality Time Cost: The cost of carpet cleaning is significantly lower if you do it yourself. The cost of hiring a carpet cleaning machine and the detergents come between $40-$60 for a one-to-two-day hire. These are readily available at supermarkets and hardware stores. The cost of a professional carpet cleaner can vary but in general cost more than hiring a machine and doing it yourself. Quality: There is significant risk in cleaning your own carpets. It is a cheaper alternative than hiring a professional however it is at the expense of quality. Professional carpet technicians use powerful machines and knowledge of what detergent to use to give the best result. The difference in quality can be significant. Taking it upon yourself can run the risk of damaging the carpets as there is no recourse should a DYI carpet cleaning job go wrong. With a professional should they damage the carpet it is covered under their insurance. Time: The trade off between hiring a machine and doing it yourself compared with hiring a professional is time. The time it takes for a professional carpet cleaner to do a job is significantly quicker than doing it yourself. When you take into account the time to go and hire a machine, clean the carpets and then retuning the machine, the process can take most of the day. On average carpet cleaning yourself can take up to 1.5 hours longer than what a professional can do and that’s not taking into account time to pick up and returning the machine. So, DIY or Professional? If you have time on your hands and want to save some money then hire a carpet cleaning machine and do it yourself. Should you wish to get a professional carpet cleaning business to do the job for you then prepare to pay more but expect the quality, indemnity and time saved.
These 3 things influence the cost of carpet cleaning.
When a potential customer makes an enquiry about carpet cleaning, one of the first things asked is “ what is the cost of your carpet cleaning service…?” Most enquiries are done via email or digital platforms and phone calls. Price should not be the determinant factor of whether you go with a particular service as sometimes as the old saying goes “you get what you paid for”. There are several factors that can determine the price. Quality of work is important but the vast majority of customers will look to price first before considering the quality of the work. The answer depends on several factors but these are the main three reasons that influence price and a good yard stick to compare price similarities when obtaining a quote: - Location, - Property Configuration and - Level of Service Location: It is a fact that the closer you live to a densely populated city, the more expensive carpet cleaning service will be compared to a regional area. This is because the cost of running a business in these city areas are often more due to leases, road tolls, parking fees, petrol and many other factors. Carpet cleaners tend to charge more to cover these costs. Carpet cleaning businesses with more than one employee servicing different areas will often charge more than a one-man band carpet cleaner in your local area. The challenge to contend with would be the quality of the job and what is included in the service provided. (See Level of Service Below) Property Configuration: One of the main difficulties in performing a carpet cleaning service is the size and configuration of the property. This includes the landscape and room location in the building where the service is to be performed. All of this has an impact on the cost of the service. The main problem would be access to get equipment through and to do it without damaging anything that can hinder the customer experience. Carpet cleaning isn’t as straight forward as some may think. It’s quite labour intensive especially if the property presents access issues to contend with. This is opposed to a drive up fully accessible premises with no barriers or difficulty in access. The price difference for carpet cleaning, say two bedrooms can be significant. Level of Service: When a customer asks for a carpet cleaning service some may be completely unaware that there are different levels of carpet cleaning service. Most carpet cleaners will advertise the bare minimum with a starting price e.g., three rooms for $XX. So, what do you get for the bare minimum? Unless there is no terms and conditions present you can expect disappointment in customer and delivery of the service more times than not. It is advisable to ask the carpet technician what is included in their service. You will find that some services may have addition charges for example stain removal, deodorising or if a room is larger than the carpet technician’s minimum size. So, for a reasonable price either over the phone or email an exceptional carpet cleaning company would go through and ask the customer their location, configuration off the property and tell them what’s included in the service then quote and let the customer decide.
Does cleaning your carpets prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
Cleaning your carpets is a great way to maintain hygiene in your home and office environment. It is also an excellent way to keep the floor around you clean, relatively allergen free and promotes a healthy living space. The coronavirus is spread by an infected person coughing or sneezing and coming in contact with another person or contact with any surface. The easiest surface (and by far the largest) that droplets from an infected person contacts is the floor. If you have carpets that cover most of your home or office floor then a steam clean with an approved carpet detergent is the best way to prevent the spread of this virus. The virus can survive from hours to several days, routine carpet cleaning is necessary. According to the New South Wales Government Health website preventative action is the best form of defence against the coronavirus. All hard surfaces can be cleaned with common house hold detergents if you suspect them of being contaminated. Use disposable cloths and equipment. Avoid using same cloth on different surfaces. Soft Surfaces like carpets, rugs, upholstery etc. should be steam cleaned and removable covers can be machine washed with a recommended fabric detergent. For further information to protect yourself and your family go to the NSW Government Health website FAQ: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx#1-15