5 Reasons To Have Your Carpets Cleaned Professionally

5 Reasons To Have Your Carpets Cleaned Professionally

5 Reasons To Have Your Carpets Cleaned Professionally

Regular vacuuming should not be used as a substitute for professional cleaning.

While this is an expense that you might be hesitant to bear, the benefits cannot be overstated. Here are a few reasons why you should have your carpets cleaned professionally this merry season.

1. Professional Carpet Cleaning is More Effective

While standard vacuum cleaning lifts heavy particles of dirt and dust from your carpet, it misses smaller particles of dirt, dust, and allergens that have embedded themselves into your carpet fibers. Luckily, professional cleaning focuses on eliminating all buildups of contaminants, for an efficiently cleaned carpet.

2. Professional Carpet Cleaning Protects the Integrity of your Carpet

When you invest in a carpet, you do so with the belief that it will serve you well for years or decades to come. Unfortunately, dirt and dust threaten to weaken your carpet fibers and cause irreparable damage. Thankfully, professional carpet cleaning removes dirt, dust, and other contaminants, boosting the lifespan of your carpet.

3. Professional Carpet Cleaning Provides a Healthier Environment

Nearly 30% of adults and 40% of children in America suffer from allergies, with nasal allergies alone affecting almost 50 million people in this country. While outdoor allergens might be out of your control, you can definitely control allergens found inside your home.

Professional carpet cleaning works to remove airborne pollutants that have been trapped in your carpet fibers, thereby increasing the indoor air quality in your home.

P.S. If you suffer from allergies, be sure to select a professional cleaning service which uses chemical-free shampoos that will not aggravate your allergies.

4. Professional Carpet Cleaning Restores the Look of your Carpet

If your carpet is looking worn out and faded, then you need to hire a professional carpet cleaner. By effectively getting rid of the tiniest dirt and dust particles that wear out your carpet fibers, a professional cleaner can help restore the vibrancy and healthy appearance of your carpet. 

5. Professional Carpet Cleaning Helps Maintain your Warranty

Most carpet warranties require you to get your carpets cleaned by a professional every 18-24 months. If you want to keep your warranty valid, hiring a professional carpet cleaner should be a priority. Be sure to check the specific requirements for your carpet. 

If you are looking for a professional service that cleans your carpets better and leaves them in excellent condition for a long time, book your appointment today.

Carpet vs Hardwood Floors

Carpet vs Hardwood Floors

One comment that I hear frequently is: “These carpets look bad. I’d like to put down hardwoods, but it’s not in the budget this year.” CitruSolution cannot make old carpet look new, but we do make it look great. Compared with spending $3-$5 per square foot for carpet or $6-$10 for hardwood flooring, cleaning your carpet is an easy and inexpensive choice.

There are some places where I prefer hardwood floors and others where I want carpet. Bedrooms and bonus rooms (also dens and medias room) are places our families either spend time on the floor or don’t want their bare feet on a cold floor. Carpet is the best option here.   Noise reduction is another reason to consider carpeting — stairs and hallways are good candidates. The majority of newer homes have hardwood floors in the common and formal rooms, and carpet in the family rooms and bedrooms. This is what I prefer.

left pictureAn office building owner asked me what kind of carpet I recommended that would last longest in his new building. He went through the various fiber and weave options that his carpet supplier had given him. I told him that most of the modern synthetics have good longevity and stain resistance. The most important factor in longevity is maintenance: vacuum, vacuum, vacuum.   Next, good floor mats will remove dirt and contaminants coming in on shoes. This “grit” acts like sandpaper, wearing and damaging floor surfaces–whether carpeted or not.  The carpet photo at Left is an area near a wall. Note that the pile is un-frayed and properly twisted, showing little sign of wear. The photo on the Right is in the traffic area about 10 inches away from the wall.

 

right pictureThe Right hand photo shows excessive wear, the strands are frayed and untwisted. Very close inspection of this picture revealed embedded dirt ground into the nap of the carpet. Proper maintenance (vacuuming and regular cleaning) will increase the years of service you get.

What can I do to treat spots and spills?

Spills — blot up as much of the liquid as possible. I think an old towel works best. If you do not have any of our CitruSpotter spot cleaner that we give you with each cleaning, make a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water. The mild acidity of vinegar will help neutralize the spot , and it dries without leaving a residue. Once dry, the vinegar smell will dissipate quickly. If you use a soap or detergent cleanser, a sticky residue will remain that attracts dirt. Soap also contains phosphates, which yellow or brown over time. When spots come back after traditional steam or hot water cleaning, it is most often the result of this soap residue. Never use bleach or other oxidizers.

Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum!

Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum!

Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum– I know that’s something that no one wants to hear.  But, vacuuming the rugs and carpet in your home reduces the dust, dust mites, and other particulate pollutants from accumulating in your home.  Ever go to someone’s home and feel like you can’t breathe well? Airborne particles fall on all horizontal surfaces. While furniture is one target, floors cover more square footage in your home or office. Vacuuming with a good quality HEPA vacuum will remove much of the loose dirt and grime from your carpet and rugs. If the vacuum is built to clean hard floors, use it there to. Pay special attention to three areas:

Entryways – especially the ones you use most.

Walk-in Closets – debris not scuffed off on entry to your home, falls off in your closet.

Bath or utility rooms – clean all rugs and carpet in proximity. Wet feet and detergent residue provide a good place to dirt to accumulate.

Like any other fabric, carpet will last longer with proper maintenance. Frequent vacuuming prevents abrasive soils from cutting and prematurely wearing the fiber. In addition, avoid using carpet cleaning processes and spot cleaners that leave a soapy, foamy residue behind. This can trap abrasive particles and soils in your carpet and can cause chemical discoloration. Would you shampoo your hair and leave the soap in? The same goes for your carpets.