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What is Steam Cleaning?
What exactly is this method of Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning? More commonly known as steam cleaning, it is a process whereby hot water and a cleaning solution is administered into your carpet to dislodge stubborn dirt particles. These dirt particles are then extracted using powerful wet vacuums.
When you vacuum your carpet, you are removing the surface dirt and contaminants and giving it a fresher look. However, over time, the carpet fibres become soiled with ground-in dirt and oils from daily life, spills, children, pets, and other causes. If left undisturbed, these contaminants not only affect the appearance of your carpet; they also cause it to wear out faster and, more importantly, they can pose health risks, especially to people with allergies or asthma and to small children who spend a lot of time on the floor. The best way to maintain a cleaner and healthier home is to supplement your regular vacuuming with professional cleaning, which will get deep below the surface to remove what you can’t see.
In the same way, furniture and upholstery should be routinely maintained to retain its original appearance; this includes tending immediately to spills and stains. A professional cleaner can help you extend the life and esthetic appeal of the fabric and reduce the level of pollutants it has absorbed over time.
No two carpets are the same when soiled. A professional has the knowledge, training, expertise, and equipment needed for each situation. They will determine the correct procedure and technique for multiple carpet and upholstery fabric care and complete the task professionally and efficiently.
Most rental machines are unable to provide the superior cleaning you will get from professional equipment. They cannot reach the required high temperature or vacuum strength, and the cleaning product will either be inferior or unable to perform as needed with these machines. Additionally, excess moisture and soap residues remain in the carpet, leading to problems such as bacteria, microbes, and mold growth. Professional cleaning removes the residues and your carpet dries very quickly.
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Cleaning carpets regularly is important if you have asthma, allergies, or other health issues. IICRC recommends professional cleaning every 6 to 12 months, depending on level of soiling and whether there are children or pets on the premises.
Under most circumstances you will be able to get back on your carpet comfortably in stocking feet or house shoes in 2 1/2 to 3 hours after we finish. The floors won’t be completely dry, but they should be dry enough to walk on without discomfort. You’ll want to wait 24 hours before removing the blocks and pads or plastic we placed under the furniture. In some cases (during heavy or prolonged rain or snow for instance) there may be so much humidity in the air that drying time will be extended. You may also find that some badly soiled areas received additional attention and have a higher concentration of moisture which will take longer to dry.
In preparation for the cleaning we would appreciate it if you would do a general pickup of the areas to be cleaned. Toys, magazines, clothes, small plants and other items that may have found their way to the floor should be removed to an area away from that being cleaned. If you would like us to move end tables, coffee tables and/or night stands we ask that you clear all items from the tops. Small area rugs should be rolled and removed from the areas to be cleaned. A general vacuuming of the area is helpful.
Occasionally, a carpet will relax a bit right after it is cleaned because of the moisture. Don’t panic! In almost all cases the ripples will disappear as the carpet dries. Usually the carpet is back to normal within 24 hours. If not just give us a call.