You should wait as long as you can between cleanings
On the surface (I promise that’s not a pun!) doesn’t this train of thought make perfect sense? Anything that adds additional cost to your budget is something you want to avoid as long as possible to save a little more money. But just like waiting too long to change the oil in your car, waiting too long to have your carpets serviced can have big consequences. Though it might seem harmless, dirt is an abrasive substance, just like sandpaper, and every time you walk across your carpet and drive those particles in even deeper, it damages the fibers a little more. Vacuuming helps, but it’s no substitute for a a regular, professional cleaning to maintain the health of your floors.
Carpet cleaning is just about dirt
If only this were the case! Lurking in the fibers of your carpets and rugs are all kinds of sneaky little pollutants, many carried in by the outside air or even on your shoes, clothes, and body. Pollen, fungus, bacteria, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and the list goes on! They can’t be seen, but they can seriously affect the air quality in your home. Especially if you have any special concerns like allergies, asthma, or emphysema, a thorough carpet cleaning is vital to the overall health of your family.
All carpet cleaning methods are the same
Carpets need to be cleaned similarly to clothes- that is, they should be washed with water, have the dirt worked out, and then the water and dirt extracted from the fibers. Companies that use only dry-cleaning methods can’t clean as efficiently, and inevitably, some dirt and bacteria will remain in your carpet even if you can’t see it. In the right hands, either a truck-mounted or portable machine that uses the hot water extraction method will get the job done, but dry cleaning is not enough!
Equipment is all it takes
The right equipment to clean your carpet is vital, but if it’s not in good hands, it won’t do anyone much good. Don’t be afraid to ask a potential contractor about their training methods and how long they spend teaching their employees to operate the equipment that they use. For that matter, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the equipment and methods themselves. A good company will have nothing to hide, and will be happy to make sure you are comfortable with the choices you make.
The quickest (and lowest) quote is the best
Most honest carpet cleaning companies can’t simply tell you the price by room over the phone. Instead, carpet cleaning is best measured by price per square footage, which means any rooms you want cleaned will have to be measured to give you a proper pricing estimate. And even though we all love a good deal, the staggeringly low prices some companies offer are usually too good to be true. Either the services you really want are not being included in the price and you’ll be pressured into add-ons (actual, effective cleaning) or the company can only clean surface level dirt, which is not enough.
Choosing the right carpet cleaning service can be confusing, especially if you don’t know exactly what you need. Here at all-star chemdry, we want to help you get exactly what you’re looking for, and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have. Give us a call and let us help you get started!