Cleaning Carpets

The benefit and problems of carpets go hand in hand. They are perfectly designed to make a room look attractive but at the same time their very nature helps hide dirt, dust and grime. If you have a laminate floor or ceramic tiled kitchen, you probably do not give that a sweep and mop once a week, however regularly cleaning your carpets keeps them and your home looking and smelling fresh, it gives them a longer lifespan and ensures they do not become a home to germs and allergy causing substances.

It is advised that under normal conditions, where there are no children, pets or smokers in the house, carpets should be vacuumed weekly and deep cleaned at least once a year. Households with kids, smokers or pets and allergy sufferers are advised to vacuum more often.

Whether you decide to clean your flooring yourself or hire a professional carpet-cleaning contractor, the four most common options you will be faced with are:-
Steam cleaning – pressurised steam mixed with shampoo are forced into the fibres of carpets, lifting dirt and cleaning throughout.

Dry carpet cleaning – a wet chemical cleaning agent is applied and once dried, the dirt is vacuumed away. The agents used are either shampoo or polymer compound, which absorbs grime.

Bonnet cleaning – uses an absorbent pad that rotates and agitates the dirt and carries it away. If you hire a company check whether they use optical brighteners as these can sometimes damage carpets.

Vacuuming – the most common and regular way to clean carpets, it should be done about twice a week and not rushed so as to ensure dirt is picked up.

Before undertaking any serious deep cleaning of your carpets it is always advisable to consult a professional carpet maintenance company and find out which system best suits your carpets. Irreparable damage can easily be done to flooring by using an inappropriate method.

Are You Wasting Money on a Rug Shampooer – 7 Tips to Buy the Right Carpet Shampooer

A good rug shampooer is an investment. It’s a huge help in keeping your carpets clean and helping them to look good longer. A poor choice of carpet shampooer, however, can be a waste of time and even damage your carpet. How do you choose the right one?

1. Cost is naturally going to be a major factor in such a purchase. You’re going to have to spend at least $100-400, possibly more if you go absolutely top of the line. But cost is not an absolute way to determine quality. You must look at what you’re actually getting for your money.

2. Brand reputation is a big help. Brands such as Hoover and Bissell are known for making good quality rug shampooers.

3. While rug shampooers are often called steam vacuums, most don’t actually make steam. You do however, want one that heats the water beyond the temperature you put into it. Too hot may be damaging to certain types of carpet. You can check the product specifications to see if it mentions how much it heats the water and if there are any temperature limits.

4. Another important factor is the type of brushes the rug shampooer uses. Many modern models use either a row of spinning brushes or a beater style such as you see in your usual vacuum cleaner. Either one works, and does much of the scrubbing work for you. Most people prefer moving brushes to models where you have to push down on the handle to do the scrubbing yourself with a stationary brush.

5. You also want the shampooer to have excellent suction, so your carpets don’t take too long to dry after cleaning. Some models blow heated air on the carpet as they go, but if water is being pulled out effectively, it’s not all that necessary. It’s still up to you to use the rug shampooer correctly to bring up the water, which means go slowly.

6. You will also want to consider how big the water tanks are. If you see a lot of complaints that people are having to empty the dirty water tank or refill the clean water tank in the middle of doing a room, you probably want a different model. While it doesn’t hurt anything to have to pause in the middle of the project, it can be quite frustrating to have to do so.

7. Go for a long cord. The cord should be long enough that you can easily do the entire room. Many people like to plug their rug shampooer in a different room than the one they’re working in, to keep the plug away from the humidity of their work. This shouldn’t be a direct issue, but it can’t hurt to keep things away either, so long as it’s not slowing the job down.