Many homeowners do not know or choose not know about this unregulated industry, so I’ve gathered some information on the subject.
Misconception # 1 – “You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet.”
The answer to this is no. Dirt is an abrasive, like sand paper. Every time you step on the carpet, you grind the dirt deeper into your carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet, just as if you had used a knife. This most certainly causes it to wear out faster. What about constant vacuuming, you ask. Vacuuming helps, but by itself it’s simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned thoroughly, the more damage you do to it.
Misconception #2– “The only reason to clean carpet is to get out the dirt.”
The answer to this is no. Outdoor air contains pollen, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust—and hundreds of other chemicals. When you and your family members and even your pets come into your home, those pollutants are carried in on them and usually end up in your carpet.
If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems – one major source of your problem could be the pollen, fungus, pet dander, and chemicals in your carpet.
Misconception #3 – “Only one method of carpet cleaning is the best.”
The answer to this is no. There are multiple methods of cleaning approved by the IICRC – the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. Depending on the living situation (a high-rise versus a single family home), or the level of soiling, or the methods required by your carpet warranty, or the specific needs of the occupants – it is the professional cleaning technician who is trained to choose the best method for the results you and your home require. A thorough Carpet Audit™ by an Ethical Services member will present you with all of your options, and all costs associated with the method they recommend for your carpeting. The best carpet cleaning companies are those that have been certified by the NICC -National Institute of Carpet Cleaning.
Misconception #4 – “Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpet properly.”
This is not true. Many companies/ technicians in the carpet cleaning industry are untrained. This is an unregulated industry so you must be wary of the individuals you allow to come into your home, and the chemicals they may be using.
Certification is important, as is belonging to nationally recognized associations and attending their educational courses. This shows the consumer that the company values technical training and continually updating their knowledge of the latest technology, techniques, and safest solutions. The best equipment with untrained employees behind them can lead to expensive errors and safety issues, so be certain to check for verification that the individuals you are allowing into your home are trained.
Misconception #5 – “The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.”
This is the biggest misconception of all. Some carpet cleaners advertise room cleaning around $9.95 per room, and then pressure you into paying a lot more once they get inside your home. Sadly, some carpet cleaners may even break the law by using illegal bait and switch tactics. That’s why we’re exposing the truth of the carpet cleaning industry, as a way to safeguard the public.
The only way you can make an intelligent decision is to have all of the facts you need. Insist on a complete written quote before any work is performed so that you can protect yourself. No one can clean at that price without strong- arming additional sales, so look for a company that is not advertising a price that seems too good to be true….. it always unfortunately is.
Many Companies don’t clean & disinfect their equipment after previous jobs. This is definitely hazardous to your health. Whatever was taken from the previous client’s carpet, will now be transferred to your carpet. Hopefully it wasn’t a water damage situation with a sewage back up or other bacterial spill. There are many hazardous organisms such as bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi that thrive in standing water.
Time is an important consideration in clean up. Organisms to be killed will not become airborne as long as they remain wet. Once dried, organisms can spread by dust particles. Consequently, it is important to bring the sanitizing solution in contact with contaminated surfaces as soon as possible after completing each clients home.
This is an unregulated industry, so you must be wary of the individuals you allow to come into your home or office and the chemicals they may be using. The company you use should be a reputable company with social proof that can be tracked, along with plenty of client testimonials that can be easily attained. It’s hard to hide reviews nowadays with the media. So there’s bound to be some information on the company you choose.
Also, many companies use subcontractors. Some of these subcontractors are fine and others are not. Back ground checks are not always reliable as we’ve found from the media. Would you let criminals in your home around your family & belongings? Be cautious; make sure the company you hire has employees. Anyone can be a subcontractor.
Last but not least, make sure the company you hire is properly insured. This is very important, otherwise if a problem arises (such as fire or major accident) or your property gets damaged, it may be covered. If not you could lose your lifestyle or more importantly your life. At least 1 million general liability insurance is adequate for the cleaning industry. If the company that you hire provides a larger amount of insurance, then the more the merrier.
Be cautious, ask questions, protect yourself, do your research. Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable with the company you hire.
Making your own homemade pet stain removers is simple and will usually require only simple, natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen cupboard.
This is nature’s deodorizer and is harmless for your family and the environment. It can be used in different ways depending on the surface you’re treating.
For machine-washable items, throw an entire box of baking soda into the washing machine with the affected items and run a normal load. Air-dry the laundry. If you can still smell urine, wash the items again with an enzymatic cleaner.
For carpet or upholstery that can be laundered, liberally sprinkle baking soda over the area and allow it to soak up as much moisture as possible. Vacuum remaining soda thoroughly then treat with one of the other options listed below.
After thoroughly blotting the stain and/or applying baking soda as above, mix warm water and vinegar in a 1:1 ratio. Then apply with a rag in a blotting fashion or with a spray bottle. Place something heavy on the stain and allow it to soak up. Repeat if necessary.
Undiluted vinegar can also be used to wash urine off of hardwood floors – wash area, rinse with warm water, and dry immediately.
After you’ve tried these remedies and you can still smell the odor, call a professional. The’ll take care of it for you.
Many people do not know how to properly care for and clean their carpets, and they are missing a great opportunity to help improve their indoor air quality.
So now you’ve installed new carpeting throughout your home. The technician leaves you to frolic around without a care. The feeling is totally refreshing. You feel as though you can practically eat off of it. It feels so luxurious through your toes as you walk barefoot through the rooms. You’re not even worried about sleeping on it without linens. You let your baby crawl around aimlessly from room to room. Then as you lie there on the carpet a thought comes to mind. “How do I keep my carpet looking new?” Well the first thing you should know is that you’re not alone with this question. Many people don’t know the first thing about keeping the carpets looking their best. What people don’t understand is that maintenance takes work. That is why we are here. Carpet can last a very long time when it is properly maintained and cared for. I’ve seen carpets that were 20 years old that looked brand new because they were well cared for! On the other hand I’ve seen relatively new carpet that looked 20 years old because no one was caring for it properly.
Did you know thatPollutants in the air filter through your carpet? The carpet actually traps them so you don’t breathe them over and over again. But when the trap gets full, your family starts breathing in those harmful pollutants such as, dust mite debris, pollens, fungus, spores, bacteria and a long list of other disgusting things. Once your carpet’s natural filtering ability gets full, it is time for a certified carpet cleaning company with The Most Thorough Cleaning Ever to clean your carpets for your health’s sake. You really should clean every six months and you will find that you will breathe a lot easier.
The fact is that if you clean your carpets frequently, when traffic lanes first start to appear, they will last longer, look better, and protect your family’s health. But don’t just call any company, call a company that will give you The Most Thorough Cleaning Ever…
Did you know thattheoutdoor air pollutants are carried into your home by you, your family or your friends? These air pollutants contain pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust and hundreds of other chemicals. These pollutants are carried in by you or family members and usually end up in your carpets.
If you or someone in your family has allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems – one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, pet dander, and chemicals in your carpet.
One way to stop the pollutants from coming into your home is to have everyone take their shoes off at the door. I know that it’s a pain to do, but you will be extending the life of your carpet. Which is more important your family and friends feelings OR your investment, and your family’s health.
Everette Carpet Care & Restoration Receives 2014 Best of Alexandria Award
Alexandria Award Program Honors the Achievement
ALEXANDRIA April 23, 2014 — Everette Carpet Care & Restoration has been selected for the 2014 Best of Alexandria Award in the Carpet Cleaning category by the Alexandria Award Program.
Each year, the Alexandria Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Alexandria area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Alexandria Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Alexandria Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Alexandria Award Program
The Alexandria Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Alexandria area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Alexandria Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.