Why Vacuuming Is Not Enough

Most people know that you need to vacuum carpets at least 1 time per week. If you have a high traffic area or areas that pets use, most people know that you need to vacuum that carpet at least once a day or at least once every two days.

And it’s a good thing! When you see those fresh vacuum lines on the carpet, you feel good don’t you? We sure do!

But the reality is that you need to do much more than just vacuum. Vacuuming isn’t enough. If all you do is vacuum then it’s almost the same as taking a shower but not using soap or not washing your hair. You would never do that to your body would you? So why do you do it to your carpet?

And professional carpet cleaning is not even that expensive. With so many companies out there competing for your business you can get your carpets do for as little as £50 if you just have on small room to deal with. A whole house comes in at about £150. This is an example of what carpet cleaning Swindon charges. But the cost of carpet cleaning really does depend on what you need cleaned and how big the area is.

If you Only Vacuum you Don’t Remove Stains or Spots

Accidents happen!

It’s just the reality of life. You might be walking with some coffee and a little bit spills over the rim of the cup and hits the carpet. Or you might have friends over and one of them spills a bear on the ground. If you just run a vacuum over the affected area as soon as the carpet is stained then sure you’re going to get out a little bit of what caused the stain out but unless you have a professional carpet cleaning company come in and get the stain out properly it’s always going to be there.

You Don’t Remove Odors from Just Vacuuming

Lingering odors will build up from all those little spots and stains that get on your carpet if you never have them professionally cleaned. It doesn’t matter what the sources is. If it’s from a person or if it’s from a pet. The way the stain go there is irrelevant and the reality simply is that the odor will linger until you clean your carpet professionally.

You Never Get the Same Look and Feel as Professional Carpet Cleaning

If you just vacuum your carpets yourself sure you will have them looking somewhat clean but they will never going to be as clean as a professional company who comes in and does deep steam cleaning or some kind of dry cleaning on your carpets.

This is not to say you shouldn’t vacuum yourself. You should vacuum at least once a week as we mentioned before but you also want to get a professional company to come in one or two times a year to keep your carpet properly fresh.

Carpet Cleaning Myths Debunked!

Carpet cleaning is not really a complex subject at all. But over time some rumors have made their way around the world. Lets debunk those today!

Will my carpets take a few days to dry after being professionally cleaned?

The answer is no they will not.

There might be some odd circumstances if there is excess moisture in the air and you carpet just happened to be cleaning on that super humid day or if a poorly maintained carpet cleaning machine was used. But for the most part carpet cleaning companies that are experienced wont make your carpets overly wet and they should pretty much dry like we mentioned our before, that is dry within a couple of hours.

Can cleaning my carpets professionally too often damage them?

The fact of the matter is that you should actually be getting your carpets cleaned at a professional level more often than less.

If you own your own home then your carpet is actually investment. Not looking after them will cost you in the long run when you have to replace the carpet.

To directly answer this question you cannot damage your carpets with to much professional cleaning.

Are all carpet cleaning methods the same?

If you’re going off just reading carpet cleaning companies websites then you might not actually read about anything but ‘carpet cleaning’.

The reality is there’s quite a few different methods that are used to clean carpets and it really just depends on what situation you’re dealing with. The main methods are deep steam carpet cleaning also known as hot water extraction or dry carpet cleaning.

Will professional carpet cleaning cause mold to grow on my carpets?

No this is not the case. If you have a professional carpet cleaning company come into your property who knows what they’re doing your carpets will be dry when they leave if they use a dry method. Or if they use deep steam cleaning they will be dry after a few hours.

There’s no possible breeding ground for mold to form.

My carpet is not old so it does not need to be professionally cleaned, or does it?

This is a myth that is actually perpetuated by lack of knowledge.

The reality is that when people refer to that carpet as ‘new’ their carpet might be a couple years old and it just simply new visually.

The reality is if you want to preserve your carpet and keep it looking nice, clean and actually keep it in mint condition you need to have your carpet cleaned every 6 months after installing new carpet.

All cleaning is the same so I’m going to get the £50 special for three bedrooms

This is one of those times when you need to think about if something is too true to be true, it generally is. This is just like taking your car to a mechanic who says he’ll fix your car for £100 and you know when you go back there you’re going to have a £500 bill because it’s just the way a lot of mechanics are.

If you take an offer like this for carpet cleaning then you’re going to end up paying three to five times as much as the original offer.

Everything gets added on top. The other situation is that these carpet cleaning companies generally use cheap equipment so you’re not going to get a proper clean with your carpets and they can potentially damage your carpets as well.

There’s definitely merit in paying full price because your carpets are an investment at the end of the day.

Types of Carpet Cleaning

When you get your carpets cleaned by a professional there are several different types of methods that could be used depending on what is needed. About five main ones in fact.

But, as with most things there is the pot that has everything in it and then there is what is mainly used. There are two main methods that are generally used. Hot water extraction and dry carpet cleaning.

Hot Water Extraction (AKA Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning)

Hot water extraction is more commonly known as steam carpet cleaning or deep steam carpet cleaning. The general basis of this type of carpet cleaning is to use high pressure hot water that is sprayed into the carpet fibers to dissolve all the dirt.

This method will generally use some kind of cleaning agent. It’s not just hot water that is sprayed into the carpet. Once the cleaning agent has been applied with the high pressure water it’s left to settle for a short duration. Then after sometime the carpet cleaning professional goes back over the carpet to extra the cleaning agent with their carpet cleaning machine.

Then finally the carpet is left to dry on its own. This is achieved with air conditioning or just open windows. It takes approximately two hours to clean an average sized family home wit four bedrooms. And then about 4 hours to dry. So if you want hot water extraction or deep steam carpet cleaning it’s best to get the cleaner into your home as the first thing in the morning so by the time you come home in the evening from work everything is dry and clean.

Depending on the company that is coming out to do you carpets will depend on if they use deep steam carpet cleaning on another method. For example carpet cleaning Gateshead 100% focuses on deep steam carpet cleaning.

Dry Carpet Cleaning

Dry carpet cleaning is a newer form of carpet cleaning. Although it’s been on the market Technology-wise since the 1980s it’s only recently become popular with carpet cleaning companies. In the past the cost a dry carpet cleaning machine was too high but as technology has adapted and made things cheaper it’s now possible it possible for dry carpet cleaning to be affordable for the average person needing to clean a homes carpets.

Generally dry carpet cleaning is used with a powder that is applied to the carpet. The carpet cleaning machine actually applies this powder and then uses a counter rotating brush that allows the fibers of the carpet to open right up letting the powder sink in. This powder is then left for some time to do its job to clean the carpet.

Then the carpet cleaning professional comes back in and vacuums all of the powder up, and the cleaning is done.

The reason this is becoming very popular in recent years is because a carpet cleaning professional can come into a home or business and as soon as the cleaning is done the carpet can be used again. Unlike wet carpet cleaning or it’s other name, deep steam cleaning, the carpet has to be left for at least 4 hours to dry.

Of course there are many different types of carpet cleaning like we mentioned at the start of this article. There two we covered are just the main two.