What a Good Carpet Cleaning Includes
Carpet Cleaning Steps
There are hundreds of carpet cleaning companies out there and you could very easily choose a questionable company that will take advantage of you. This article will help you understand what a GOOD cleaning includes. Make sure you understand each of the steps in the cleaning process. And make sure you ask questions!!!
The following is the very minimum that a carpet cleaner should perform. Do not accept any less.
Step 1 – Vacuuming the carpet before doing anything else! This removes solid waste on the surface of your carpet and allows the cleaning agents to work on the touger, harder to get soils.
Step 2 – Spray the carpet with a strong detergent that will break down tough soils deep in the carpet fibers. Pre spray should dwell in the carpet for about 15 minutes so the chemicals will break down the dirt and break them free from the carpet fibers. If the pre spray doesn’t dwell long enough, it cannot break down the dirt.
Step 3 – Agitate the pre spray deep into the carpet fibers. Agitation can be with a push broom, or a rotary machine. This step significantly improves results. Agitation does not take long but is definitely necessary.
Step 4 – Extract the pre spray along with the soil that it has broken down. This step includes steam water that rinses out the carpet. The carpet should not stay very wet because high powered extraction machines are powerful enough to extract about 85% of the water.
Note: This is for a basic carpet cleaning. Pet odor and stains require other specialty steps. Also, spotting is another process that is generally extra.
Other steps that can be used in this process but are not necessary are: grooming the carpet and turning on air movers to improve drying times. Some carpet cleaners will assist with furniture moving. For elderly customers, a cleaner should ALWAYS be considerate enough to help moving furniture. These steps are not necessary but drastically improve the quality of the job.