1. Vacuuming is enough.
This is one huge misconception about carpets. Many people have the impression that just vacuuming their carpets is all they need to do to keep it clean.
Vacuum cleaning will get rid of dust, hair, crumbs and other forms of physical dirt. However, it does not remove odors and stains nor does it get rid of all the dirt.
The great thing about professional cleaning is that the experts use steam machines. These machines reach deep into the fibers of your carpet and get rid of all the dirt. Even the smallest particles and the tiniest stains will not survive the onslaught of steam machines.
For best results, you should vacuum your carpet at least once a week and get it steam-cleaned at least once every year. Your carpet will be perfectly clean if you do this.
2. All carpet-cleaning methods are equally effective.
This is not true at all. There are many methods to clean your carpet, and they are quite different from each other.
The dry-foam method, for instance, is not the most effective method but some carpet cleaning firms still use it. This method applies shampoo to your carpet and leaves it to dry then extracts the shampoo along with all the dirt afterward.
Another method is the dry-chem. In this case, a large cotton bonnet spins from one side to another absorbing the dirt in the carpet. This method is not very effective.
Finally, there is the dry-compound method. This method is not much better than the two discussed above. The dry-compound method spreads a mixture all over your carpet. The mixture is brushed in and extracted with a vacuum cleaner after it has dried.
The three methods described above will not clean your carpet properly. Instead, these methods will leave a greasy residue, and this is not what you need.
There is only one effective way to clean your carpet, and this is steam cleaning. Another name for steam cleaning is hot water extraction, and the process is quite simple. The experts apply hot water along with a liquid solution to your carpet. Wet-vac lifts the carpet fibres, and the water and dirt are extracted into a wastewater reservoir.
Hot water extraction reaches the deepest parts of your carpeting. This process removes all the dirt, stains, dust, hair and bacteria from your carpet.
The steam cleaner removes the extra cleaning solution so that your carpet dries quickly.
3. All carpet-cleaning companies are the same.
If your carpet cleaning company uses the other dry-cleaning methods mentioned above, that firm cannot be in the same category as affirm that uses steam cleaning. If you have tried steam cleaning and the other methods discussed above, you can easily tell the difference. On the other hand, if you have never experienced steam cleaning, we recommend this perfect method for you.
4. The longer you wait, the better.
If you think postponing cleaning your carpet saves you money, you are wrong. You will end up spending more money if you do this. Lack of regular maintenance will make your carpet age faster. Then, you have to spend money on a new carpet.
Get your carpet cleaned regularly and it will last longer and give you better service. Do not consider carpet cleaning an expense. Instead, you should see the money you pay to the carpet cleaner as an investment.
5. You should clean the carpet only when it’s dirty.
If you do not have light stains on your carpet, this does not mean it is clean. Do not wait until the carpet is dirty before you take action because it might too late to save your carpet.
Do not always use the outward appearance of your carpet to determine if it is dirty or not. You cannot see bacteria and viruses but they may well be living in your carpet and multiplying every day.
The only way to ensure your carpet is completely clean is to get it cleaned professionally at least once a year.
6. You can clean your carpets yourself—all you need is a steam cleaner.
The right equipment is vital, but this is not all you need from your carpet cleaner. You should patronize a company that has the right equipment and professionals to clean your carpet competently.
Professional carpet cleaners have both the experience and the competence required to clean your carpets perfectly. They know all about carpet cleaning. This is why you can rely on them to use the right equipment to clean your carpets.
Now, if you are tempted to rent a steam cleaner and clean your carpet yourself, my advice is; do not do it. You are not a professional, and a rented steam cleaner will not transform you into a professional carpet cleaner.
7. You should hire a company that offers the lowest price.
If you insist on spending as little as possible on carpet cleaning, you might end up with a low-quality firm. This firm will not clean your carpet properly, and your carpet might be destroyed.
Just ask around, do a bit of window-shopping first. This way, you will find a company that offers competitive rates.
8. You should hire a company that offers the highest price.
Now, this is not true. The most expensive is not necessarily the best.
Most cleaning firms use the same equipment. However, some companies just charge a lot more because this makes them stand out, but it does not follow that they offer better cleaning service.
Ask for references and get accurate information from present and former clients of the cleaning firms.
9. Carpet cleaners never provide references.
This is not true. Every reputable company will provide references. If they refuse to do this, it means they have something to hide.
Do not be misled into thinking references don’t matter. Be persistent, and you will get a firm that is happy to provide references.
10. All carpet cleaning companies should give you a precise quote over the phone.
Most reputable firms will not give you a quote over the phone.
The price depends on many factors. These factors include the amount of furniture you need to move before cleaning, the type of carpet and the amount of dirt. Your carpet cleaner needs to come to your house to carry out an assessment. This is why you cannot get an accurate quote on the phone.
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