What to Know When Getting Your Carpet Cleaning Done
An expert carpet cleaning service can assist with removing soil, and also make sure there’s little to no damage to the textile floor cover. Professional cleaners have a necessary experience, education, and skills to deliver the job. That said, an accreditation from a recognized institute is necessary for a carpet cleaner to call himself a professional. There are several training establishments providing this recognition – the list includes Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), Australian Cleaning and Restoration Industry, Jena Dyco, etc. Those who’ve received necessary training can easily distinguish between various types of carpets and recommend the work needed to address the blemishes. However, don’t expect the same level of service from all accredited carpet cleaners since not all possess the same aptitude, knowledge, experience, and training.
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The Right Carpet Cleaning Technique
Professional carpet cleaners treat every project as unique. The cleaning approach and methods they come up with is devised only after assessing the cleaning job at hand. When getting details about the project on the phone, the cleaner would ask for as many details possible from the client, such as the type of carpet, damage details, etc. Once he gets a fair understanding, he will arrive at the job site to confirm his assumptions and also look for anything the client missed mentioning on the phone. All of this information is needed to ascertain the project cost and tools required for the job. Generally, there are five principles carpet cleaners adhere to when performing their job.
1. Removing Dry Soil
The carpet cleaning process begins with vacuuming. However, before vacuuming, a brush or grooming rake should be used to crush or flatten the pile. These serve as the base for dry soil removal and help maximize the results. When vacuuming, make sure:
• The collection chamber is not filled to the brim
• The airflow is unobstructed and free
• The drive belt and beater brush are in good state – the vacuum must undergo servicing at least once every six months
2. Soil Suspension
Soil suspension is the next stage that helps get rid of soil post dry vacuuming. This effect is achieved by tearing apart the carpet fibre-soil bond. When breaking the bond, there are four major things to consider:
• Chemical activity: After vacuuming, a spray is applied, preferably the ones that comprise bio-degradable agents. The amount of spray to be applied would be clearly mentioned on the product label.
• Heat/temperature: Cleaning becomes much easier and better in the presence of increased heat. The heat helps the spray carry out its work, which means not a lot of spraying is needed to get the job done. And since there isn’t a lot of chemical at play, there’s minimum residue. However, a professional should be in charge of the heat dispensing, so that there’s no dye loss and/or damage to fibre.
• Agitation: A brush and a rotary or water pressure (motorized) is needed for this. The process assists with spreading the cleaning agents evenly across the carpet, thereby churning out a much better end result. Ultimately, this ends up quickening the soil suspension process.
• Time: Chemicals require some time to enter into the carpet’s DNA and work their magic, and thereby suspend the soil.
3. Suspended Soil Removal
There are different ways to remove carpet soil, but most professionals resort to hot water extraction. Some of the other methods include:
• Bonnet technique or using a dry compound or pad to absorb things
• Wet vacuuming or using a carpet shampoo
• Flushing – a technique that entails immersing rugs into a liquid solution
• Dry residue vacuuming comprises a dry compound or foam that’s distributed all over the carpet – this helps attract the suspended soil, which makes vacuuming easier later on
4. Pile Setting/Grooming
After cleaning, the carpet needs to be groomed to enhance the results and also lengthen the carpet’s life – professional carpet cleaners certainly know this. The grooming also assists with distributing the deodorizers and safeguarding the fabric. This helps augment the speed of evaporation, which shortens the drying time.
A carpet that has not dried for more than a few hours can be quite inconvenient. This means fresh dust, especially the ones from footwear, are easily attracted by the carpet. Also, the wet and smooth texture of the carpet means people are less likely to slip and fall if they’re not aware of the carpet’s dampness. Not to mention, other problems such as mold, odor, dye bleeding or transfers, etc. may become common.
The time it takes the carpet to dry can be reduced, with the help of the following techniques:
• The equipment used for the carpet project should be well-maintained and efficient
• The space where the carpet is drying should be ventilated and open to natural light
• To extract water from the carpet, a wand can be used for dry passing after the rinse
• Hot water can also help with the evaporation process
• Air movers and other drying equipment may come in handy too
You can pick and choose the method(s) you think would be more convenient and effective.
Carpet Drying Time
A carpet’s drying time could vary based on factors such as atmospheric conditions (both within and outside the place), air movement, fibre type, level of soiling, deodorants, protector application, and pile density. Other things that may influence drying speed are the cleaner’s expertise, method of cleaning, and the cleaning tools used. Despite being popular, hot water extraction takes 4-5 hours to dry out the carpet. Bonnet cleaning and dry compound cleaning take two hours and a few minutes, respectively.
Locating Professional Cleaning Service
Typically, you can find qualified carpet cleaners online, such as on the IICRC website. IICRC usually issues ID cards to identify professional carpet cleaners. So if you’re working with one, ensure the cleaner has the card. To make sure you associate with a reliable carpet cleaner, learn more about carpet cleaning in general so that you can seek clarifications and gauge the cleaner’s knowledge about his craft. Remember, price should never be the only factor in choosing a carpet cleaner.
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