Have you ever noticed that only a few days after cleaning, you can see dust everywhere, settled on glass tabletops and the like? Dust Happens. Household Dust carries bacteria, dander, mold spores, germs, and pollen. To Add to the flurry of grime, your family, friends, pets and even that open window to bring in fresh dirt all the time. A lot of it is settling on your carpet.
Between longer work days, time-consuming commutes, and kids’ activities that keep the calendar full, who has time to worry about cleaning the carpet? Today, we are spending less time on household tasks, yet we still expect excellent results. Lucky for us, carpet-cleaning products, methods and equipment are improving all the time. Cleaning carpet may seem more of a chore than dusting a coffee table, but properly cleaning and maintaining your carpet makes all the difference in the world.
Preserving the Life and Beauty of Your Carpet
With their rich colors, textures and intricate weaves, carpet and rugs can give any room a homelike feel. But the beauty and life of your carpet depends on the care it receives,
Just how long should a well-cared-for-carpet last? It’s hard to say. Believe it or not you can find some 100-plus-year-old Oriental rugs still in use. But generally speaking, ten years is given as a guideline for quality carpets that are well-maintained (12.4 years according to Dupont studies). Use manufacturers warranties as a guide to how long you can anticipate a particular carpet to last. And look at those warranties carefully – large carpet manufacturers are tying their new carpet warranties to proper cleaning and maintenance with CRI Seal of Approval products.
Improve your Indoor Air Quality
Do you have allergies? Believe it or not, you can keep your carpet. Studies have shown that carpet is better at trapping allergens than hard flooring such as tile or hardwood. How can this be? Particles and allergens fall to the floor (out of the breathing zone) and onto the carpet. The fibers of the carpet trap allergens and particles, reducing their continued circulation in the air. Proper cleaning with CRI-approved vacuum effectively sucks up the dust in the carpet, locks it into the machine, and keeps it out of the air.
Allergic to carpet itself? Not likely. Much of today’s carpet is made from plastic fibers, which most people are not allergic to. Of course, if you have wool carpet are allergic to wool, you have a problem. In that case, remove the wool carpet and don’t buy a new one, just as you wouldn’t buy wool sweaters.
Don’t worry about carpet and mold. Growing mold on carpet is hard. When carpet is kept clean and dry, mold simply can’t grow.
Avoid Premature Replacement Costs and Disposal in Landfills.
Proper cleaning helps protect your carpet investment and safeguards you from having to replace it before its time – great news because it also keeps carpet out of your local dump.
Maintaining your carpet protects you pocketbook; just keep in mind that spending money to keep your carpet in top shape is a small amount to pay when compared to the cost of replacing it. (Goldsmith, 3-5)
As a master technician with over 16 years of experience and 8000 jobs completed, I often see the difference between well maintained and poorly maintained carpet and rugs. Do it yourself cleaning equipment is not designed or approved for deep carpet cleaning, DIY equipments' purpose is interim maintenance cleaning (between deep cleanings) and spot cleaning of carpet and rugs, not deep carpet cleaning.
To get the best out of your carpet and to maintain your warranty (check warranty for details) (top 3 manufacturers generally recommend):
Vacuum at least 1x per week and preferable 1x per person or pet in most active areas with a CRI approved vacuum.
Schedule and perform deep carpet cleaning at least once every 12-24 months with carpet and rug institute (CRI) seal of approval products, equipment and service providers.
Spot clean as needed using CRI approved products. Look for the CRI Seal of approval cleaning products and follow directions including spot testing.
Chem-Dry's proprietary carpet cleaning equipment and cleaning products are approved by CRI at the highest levels. For example Chem-Drys Hot Carbonating Extraction Carpet Cleaning equipment is approved at the Platinum level. Chem-Dry of Allen County only offers CRI approved cleaning systems and products to residential customers and most commercial customers. Some of our cleaning services & products do not fall under the CRI charter, for example tile-grout and other hard flooring cleaning services. We have everything you need to properly perform deep carpet cleaning, maintain your carpet warranty and properly maintain your soft or hard surface flooring and textile furnishings.