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Carpet Cleaning

Regular care is essential for maintaining the appearance and wear life of your carpet. Whether you have a home filled with pets, kids, and heavy foot traffic or one with none of the above, your carpet is still going to trap dirt and soil within the fibers. Dirt can be brought in by not only by pets and foot traffic, but also by open windows allowing pollen and dirt to float in from outside. If left to linger among the carpet fibers, dirt and soil will rub and wear against the fibers, causing the ultimate deterioration of the carpet.

By regularly removing the dirt and soil trapped within the carpet fibers, you can not only extend the lifetime of your carpet, but also maintain a healthy living environment, free from dust and allergic particles.

We know that you have invested both time and money into the selection of your carpet and our first priority is keeping it as colorful and beautiful as the day you bought it. We have teams of professionals that are trained in several specialized techniques. Their training, combined with their experience, allows us to tailor our services to meet your needs in the most effective and safest way possible. All our techniques use only self-neutralizing, non-toxic, biodegradable chemicals that are safe for even the most delicate of carpets.

We specialize in the following services:

  • Wall to Wall Carpet Cleaning
  • Steam Cleaning
  • Shampoo Cleaning
  • Carpet Mold & Mildew Removal
  • Carpet Pet Stain and Odor Removal
  • Carpet Repair & Re-stretching
  • Carpeted Stairs & Hallways
  • No Harsh Chemicals Carpet Cleaning
  • Children & Pet Safe Carpet Cleaning
  • Hypo-Allergenic Carpet Cleaning
  • Fast Drying Carpet Cleaning
  • Scotchguard

Our Carpet Cleaning Methods:

Our professional technicians specialize in 7 different methods of Carpet Cleaning:

  • Hot Water Extraction or Steam Cleaning
  • Carpet Shampooing
  • Combination of Hot Water Extraction and Shampoo
  • Foams
  • Bonnet Cleaning
  • Absorbent Dry Compound
  • In-Plant Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning with Hot Water Extraction or 'Steam' Cleaning

In this method, a hot cleaning solution is sprayed with a pressure gun onto the carpet and then immediately extracted with a specialized wet vacuuming system. The dirty solution is usually collected in a tank and then disposed of later. Because the method applies hot liquid at high pressures, it has the ability to flush out large amounts of soil and contaminants in carpet. For this reason, it is the most preferred method by all of the major fiber producers, such as Dupont, Monsanto and Allied Signal, as well as the carpet manufacturers like, Shaw, Mohawk, World, and Queen. It is also favored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). One disadvantage, however, is that there are much longer drying times and the cleaning technician needs to be careful not to over wet the carpet. Regardless, it should be taken into consideration that most carpet warranties require this type of cleaning every 18 months in order to retain the warranty coverage.

Carpet Cleaning with Shampoo

Carpet cleaning with shampoo involves using rotor brushes from which liquid cleaning products are introduced to the surface of the carpet and then foamed as the brushes scrubbed the cleaning product into the carpet. This method agitates the carpet to loosen the dirt and soil. The loose dirt and soil is then captured by the foam as it dries. Once dry, general vacuuming is used to extract all dirt and soil particles. It is best suited for low pile commercial carpet or low cut pile carpet that is highly soiled.

Carpet Cleaning with a Combination of Hot Water Extraction and Shampoo

As the name implies, this method uses the Hot Water Extraction method and Shampoo. This method is especially effective for cleaning highly soiled carpets, with heavy oil/soil build-up. The process has two steps:

  • Shampoo using rotary brush to loosen soil
  • Hot Water Extraction using water rather than detergent solution to remove shampoo

Carpet Cleaning with Foams

This method is very similar to shampooing in that it relies on the aggressiveness of the brushing action to loosen the dirt and soil. However, the difference between the two methods is that the liquid cleaning product is whipped into foam and then applied to the carpet before the brushes contact the foam. The captured dirt and soil is then vacuumed up as in the shampooing method. This method is not as wet as shampooing and thus allows for faster drying times. However, because the foam is not as wet, the cleaning solution may not get as deep of a clean as the shampooing method.

Carpet Cleaning using Bonnet Cleaning

This type of cleaning method is sometimes referred to as 'Dry Cleaning'. In this method, a liquid cleaning product is sprayed onto the carpet. A rotating buffer fitted with an absorbent pad is then run over the carpet. The dirt and soil attach itself to the pad. The pad is replaced several times as it gets dirty. Pad can be washed and reused. One advantage of this method is that it dries quickly because the liquid is misted onto the carpet. In addition, because it is in liquid form, it does a good job of cleaning the top 1/3 of the carpet pile. However, because there is no flushing action or extraction, the method is insufficient for heavier grit and sand that can also accumulate and damage carpet over time. This method may be considered as an interim cleaning between more effective deep cleanings.

Carpet Cleaning with Absorbent Dry Compound

In this method, a dry cleaning compound (usually a powder that has been soaked with a solvent chemical) is sprinkled over the carpet. A rotating brush is then used to force the dry compound into the carpet to come in contact with the dirt and soil. When the compound dries, the dirt and soil is stuck to the dry compound and can subsequently be vacuumed up. Like the Bonnet method, this technique does a good job of cleaning the top 1/3 of the carpet and also has the advantage of drying extremely quickly. The key to performing this method efficiently is to have a strong vacuum suction that is able to remove all of the chemical and the dirt and soil. Chemical not completely removed can cause future damage to the carpet.

In-Plant Carpet Cleaning

This type of Carpet Cleaning is ideal for specialized cleaning of loose or valuable rugs. The rugs are sent through a duster which extracts soil more effectively than routine vacuuming. They are then washed and hung to dry in a controlled air environment.

The Firm may also offer special service for repair of valuable rugs, using special equipment.

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