Carpet should be cleaned at about the same frequency you might perform other spring cleaning tasks. Most carpet owners, however, will only have their carpets cleaned once every few years (and some not even that). Carpet cleaning is not merely cosmetic. Having your carpet cleaned will revitalize your carpet and increase its lifespan. For optimal performance and duration, manufacturers recommend having your carpet cleaned at minimum every 12 -18 months. In fact, many warranties stipulate this — be sure to read them carefully!
If you have concerns about the cost of a professional cleaning, consider having only the higher traffic areas cleaned regularly. This means that your large furniture, like the sofa, bed, etc., are left in place, and the carpet is simply cleaned around them. Not only do you not see the carpet under these large pieces of furniture, but the carpet is not exposed to the air, light, and foot traffic the way the rest of the floor is. Not having to clean these areas as frequently is a real cost saver!
Professional cleaners may use either a truck-mounted unit or a portable machine. The portable machine has obvious benefits, such as being able to be used in apartment and condo buildings in units that would otherwise be beyond the reach of a truck-mounted unit’s hose. However, truck-mounted units are more powerful than portable units, and should be used whenever possible for maximum efficiency.
If your household is prone to spills or accidents that are difficult to clean, a small steam cleaner may be a worthwhile purchase to have on hand to tackle the resulting stains. However, for more general cleaning of your entire carpet surface, I highly recommend having a professional come to do it. There are too many variables with DIY machines — the temperature of the water, the amount of cleaner to add, the exact method of use — that present opportunities for things to go wrong.
Conventional carpet cleaners often contain harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals that can cause health problems, from dizziness and nausea to kidney and nervous system damage. These chemicals stay in your carpet and in the air you breathe, which is particularly problematic for anyone who suffers from asthma or allergies; however, using non-toxic carpet cleaning products like Procyon helps you maintain a healthy home! In addition to avoiding potentially dangerous chemicals, the techniques used in eco-friendly carpet cleaning use less water, reducing the chances of moisture sticking around long enough for mold to grow.
As you may have experienced, regular carpet cleaning products often leave a nasty smell. Eco-friendly cleaners don’t have this problem – you get a clean carpet and a clean smelling home, without having to leave the windows open!
Using less water and chemicals means you’re saving money. Why pay for detergents and fragrances you don’t need? Not to mention, harmful chemicals in some carpet cleaners can break down the fibers of your carpet, causing worn spots, holes, and tears to form. Make sure your carpet lasts by avoiding these chemicals!
We know your time is valuable, andour eco-friendly cleaning methods save both your health and time. As hot water extraction carpet cleaning uses less water than conventional methods, your carpet will dry faster – sometimes in as little as an hour!
Green carpet cleaners are good for the environment! The ingredients used in the cleaners are almost always biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about any negative environmental impact. Green Mountain Carpet Cleaning uses a cleaning unit that doesn’t rely on your water system – the water is heated and hauled away in the van and disposed of properly – so there is no need to worry about putting strain on your septic system!
Nylon contains a hydrogen molecule in its makeup — this is the primary source of nylon’s resiliency. When the fibers have been flattened down due to foot traffic, cleaning reactivates the hydrogen molecule, causing the fibers to literally bounce back. The cleaning will actually revive the carpet and enhance its long-term performance.
The primary method of carpet cleaning recommended by carpet manufacturers is hot water extraction — more commonly (though slightly inaccurately) known as steam cleaning. During hot water extraction, hot water is essentially sprayed on the carpet and then sucked back into the machine, along with any dirt that was in the carpet. There is usually a cleaning solution added into the water to assist in the removal of stains and soiling. Technically speaking, true steam cleaning does not spray water on the carpet, but rather heats the water and uses the resulting steam to clean the fibers. However, today it is widely accepted that the term steam cleaning actually refers to hot water extraction, the most common cleaning process.