Carpet Cleaning Basics
Carpet cleaning is regular maintenance in any carpeted living area. Carpet cleaners come in a many different ranges, such as chemical carpet cleaners, steam cleaning and simply vacuuming. It remove stains, dirt, and allergens, making for a cleaner and healthier home. New technologies, such as the Chem-Dry method, are more environmentally friendly and efficient than older technologies, such as steam cleaning, and definitely a lot less back breaking than shampooing.
Steam cleaning is simply using hot water, often riddled with chemicals, to extract dirt from the carpet. Heated water is most often sprayed, not steam, as actual steam can damage the carpet itself, by shrinking the fibers, if the temperatures get too high. Plus, it can take several hours to dry, up to an entire full day! This is called hot water extraction. Chem-Dry carpet cleaning dries in 1-2 hours and is safe and uses no toxic chemicals, leaving no residue. Steam cleaning often leaves a lot of water behind in the carpet and mold growth can occur.
The Chem-Dry method leaves the carpet cleaner, it’s safer, and more environmentally friendly than steam cleaning or hot water extraction. Some tips involve:
-Vacuuming regularly so that dirt doesn’t build up and end up harder to remove.
-Don’t walk on the carpet in dirty shoes, socks, or bare feet. Prevent the carpet from getting dirty as much as you can, so there is less build up to clean later on.
-Stains are not easier to get out of the carpet later on, they sink deeper and last longer unless you immediately treat by carpet cleaning.
-Professional carpet cleaners (technicians) can assess and discuss the best methods for removing dirt and grind from the carpet.
-Upholstery has to be treated too, and often the same way as carpet.
-Keep the carpet as dry as possible, so mold doesn’t grow. This is more likely in a humid area.
Chem-Dry can produce better results than steam cleaning. It is cleaner, drier and faster, using carbonated cleaning bubbles in a patented, environmentally friendly cleaning solution. Instead of pushing the dirt and other mess down into the carpet, the carbonated bubbles cause it to rise to the top of the carpet for easier removal. Chem-Dry carpet cleaning technicians are well trained in the solution and methods, providing better results than steam cleaning, hot water extraction and shampooing. Chem-Dry increases the life of your carpet, saving you money.
Upholstery cleaning cleaners are out there as well, similar to carpet cleaners. Upholstery, like carpet, gathers the same kind of dirt, stains and allergens, causing an unhealthy living area. Chem-Dry treats upholstery as well as it treats carpet. Steam cleaning upholstery can cause mold to grow, leaves water in the fabrics, and can be intimidating to someone inexperienced. You can immediately use the upholstery or walk on the carpet after Chem-Dry has been used, but after steam cleaning or hot water extraction, you have to wait up to 24 hours or else you’ll make a mess of what you just cleaned.