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Carpet Cleaning and Indoor Air Quality

Without a doubt, people spend most of their time indoors. Therefore, the quality of air indoor is of extreme importance in every home. However, indoor air quality is often one of the most ignored aspects among most homeowners, which eventually leads to a lot of issues. Basically, there are several factors that determine the quality of air inside your home, some of which include the commonly used products such as furnishings, building materials, cleaning materials, paint, etc. Among these products, carpets are considered to be a major cause of indoor air pollution.

Being used in houses for several decades, carpets happen to be one of the most loved, used, and preserved home furnishing products. Most homeowners prefer using or decorating their home with carpets mainly because of its sheer beauty and its ability to enhance the look of an otherwise normal-looking interior. Carpets come in different materials, and no matter what material you choose, dust, dirt, dust mites, pet dander, and many such organisms are bound to settle in your carpet. Hence, it is important to keep your carpets clean at all times in order to avoid serious health issues down the line, especially when you have kids and older adults at home.

Many government organizations have revealed that carpets are a common source of VOCs, Volatile Organic Compounds – a group of chemicals that can cause several health-related complications. These compounds can easily get released and mix with the indoor air, causing problems like throat irritation, headache, nausea, allergies on the skin, fatigue, and more. In order to remain safe, give your carpets a day or two to air out once they are installed and don’t move in immediately. Make sure there is enough ventilation in your home during this time so the VOCs can evaporate.

Once the carpets are in place and you have moved in, the next job is to clean them regularly. Always remember that even the smallest carpeting space can be home to a lot of dirt, dust, and allergens. Therefore, make it a habit to vacuum all your carpets or carpeting at least once a week. During the days when you have a family gathering or party at home or if there is always lot of foot traffic in your home, especially with pets and kids, vacuum the carpets after the party or twice a week. For better results, call in for professional carpet cleaning in regular intervals.

If you have family members with allergies and/or asthma, regular professional carpet cleaning is a must for your home. This is because the allergens deposited in your carpets can affect them adversely, especially kids with those problems, as they tend to be the ones constantly playing and moving around on the carpeting. Talk to a reliable carpet cleaning company in your neighborhood and come up with a regular cleaning schedule with them, so their professional cleaners will visit your home every now and then to thoroughly clean your carpets and keep them fresh and clean, and most importantly, prevent such health issues from worsening.

 

Removing Pet Stains and Odors from Carpets

We all know that accidents are prone to happen on your carpet when you have kids at home. This is the same with pets as well. When you have pets at home, you cannot always prevent them from making a mess on your beautiful and expensive carpet. Your carpet typically acts as a sponge for pet stains and odors, and therefore, it wouldn’t be hard for you to identify your four-legged friend’s favorite spot on the carpet.

Despite the fact that carpets enhance the appearance of your home’s interior and provide various other benefits, one major disadvantage is the amount of cleaning they need, especially after a pet accident. When you find pet stains or odors on your carpet, cleaning them up THOROUGHLY is extremely important. This is because, if you leave the area as it is or do not clean properly, your pet is most likely to create a mess in the same place once again, because of the simple fact that dogs are usually attracted to such smells.

Therefore, you need to make sure that the spot is cleaned properly so your pet cannot smell even the lightest odor. But, this is definitely not an easy thing to do. While you can hire a professional carpet cleaning service provider to clean the area for you, it may not be an affordable option if these accidents are common and happen frequently in your home. So, here are a few easy tips you can follow to remove pet stains and odors completely from your carpet:

  • The best cleaning method is to attend to the problem as soon as possible. Use paper towels to soak up the urine as much as possible. The sooner you remove the mess, the easier it will be to clean up.
  •  If you can, take the soaked paper towels to the area where you want your pet to go toilet in the future, say the litterbox, while they see it. This will show your pet that while passing urine isn’t restricted in your home, he/she needs to do it in the right spot.
  • Use clean and cool water to rinse the area, and once again blot the area to remove as much wetness as possible.
  • As a pet owner, it is good to have a pet odor neutralizer in your home at all times. You will be able to find it in your usual pet supply store. Remember to get a good quality product, and use it on the accident area following the instructions given on the product.
  •  If the stain still remains, even after the area has dried completely, try using a high quality carpet stain remover.
  • However, in some cases, if the urine has managed to reach the padding of your carpet, cleaning will become much more difficult. Sometimes, you may just have to get rid of the padding in that area and replace the same.

To avoid more such accidents, start training your pet from an early age. Show them their spot and keep an eye until they learn properly. Even if an accident does happen and goes beyond your strength, you can always have a professional attend to it.

Important Questions to Ask a Carpet Cleaning Company

Carpets are an excellent option to completely transform the look of your home’s interior. They offer ultimate comfort, reduce noise, and offer a whole lot of other benefits. In order to make sure that your carpet keeps doing what it does best, you need to have it cleaned professionally every once in a while. For this, you need to hire a professional carpet cleaning company.

But, as there are hundreds of carpet cleaning companies claiming to offer the best services and deals, choosing one can be quite a daunting task. If you are on the lookout for a reliable carpet cleaning service provider, here are a few important questions to ask them before proceeding with your hire.

What cleaning methods do you offer?

When it comes to carpet cleaning methods, you can choose from a wide variety of options. While some carpet cleaning companies employ steam cleaning or wet cleaning, some follow dry cleaning methods. The former method requires quite a lot of drying time, whereas the latter allows you to use the carpet as soon as the cleaning process is done. Ask the company the type of cleaning they excel in or offer and choose a method based on your needs. It is always wise to choose a company that provides you with different options.

Are your cleaners IICRC certified?

Any professional carpet cleaning company should be certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which is more like a professional carpet cleaning degree. When a professional carpet cleaner is IICRC certified, you can remain assured that he or she is properly trained and tested. If you get a negative answer from the company, go for a different provider.

Can you give me a few references of your previous clients?

Always choose a carpet cleaning service provider that has obtained positive and credible reviews from their previous customers. While you can look for reviews online, you cannot always be sure that they are from actual customers themselves, because few companies tend to pose their employees as clients and have them write positive reviews online. To avoid such situations, ask the service provider directly for references from their satisfied customers. Even better, if you could get a few contact numbers from the provider, so you can check with the customers directly.

Do you provide a written service guarantee?

It is extremely important that a carpet cleaning company provides its customers with a written service guarantee. This document will make sure that they focus on pursuing their guarantees. After all, you absolutely do not want your carpet cleaning company cutting corners with the carpet cleaning process.

Are your employees insured?

This is something basic, yet of extreme importance; because you don’t want to be held responsible in case an employee of the carpet cleaning company you choose ends up getting injured while working in your property. Therefore, this question ensures the safety and security of the workers as well as yourself. Be sure to ask the respective personnel if their workers are covered by worker’s compensation insurance and also general liability insurance.

Common Misconceptions about Hiring a Professional Carpet Cleaning Company

How many of you have always been cleaning (simply vacuuming) your carpets on your own ever since you bought them? This is what many homeowners do, vacuuming their carpets once a week thinking that they are cleaning them. But the fact is that, vacuuming your carpet doesn’t do any good. This improper care will lead to expensive consequences over time. However, the reason behind this is probably the common misconceptions most homeowners have when it comes to hiring professionals to clean their carpets.

So, we have decided to break those misconceptions and help you understand what is right.

My carpet is relatively new and therefore it doesn’t have to be cleaned

This is perhaps the most common misconception among homeowners. Most people think that their carpet doesn’t have to be cleaned or need professional care unless and until it starts to look dirty. If this thought sounds familiar to you, then you have been doing a big mistake. When you head back home from the outdoors, you will be carrying a lot of minute dirt on your shoes, which will easily be transferred to your carpet. The regular foot traffic on the carpet will embed this dirt deep inside the carpet fibers, causing it to lose its original beauty. Therefore, it is vital that you seek professional help right from when you start using a carpet.

All my carpet needs is a sprinkle of carpet deodorizer to become fresh again

Sprinkling carpet deodorizer is a popular practice in households. However, most homeowners are not aware of the fact that the powder can actually get embedded deep inside the carpet as they do not get disintegrated with water. As a result, no matter how many times you vacuum or steam clean your carpet, the powder will remain and eventually form stains all over your carpet, making it look completely unappealing.

I can hire commercial machines and do the cleaning myself

Yes, this is a relatively affordable solution when compared to hiring a professional carpet cleaning company, mainly because carpet cleaning machines are available for hire in many home improvement and hardware stores in every neighborhood. However, remember that your carpet could get damaged easily when you choose to perform the cleaning on your own. This is because most carpet cleaning machines that are available for hire are not powerful enough to remove all the dirt from your carpet and also to perform thorough water extraction.

As a result, there will be at least some amount of water left behind in your carpet, which will take a lot of time to dry, preventing you from using it immediately after the cleaning process. Not being able to use the carpet will be a definite burden especially when you have kids and pets at home. Also, extra moisture on carpets will lead to the growth of mould or mildew, thus damaging your carpet once and for all.

When you make a huge investment in your carpet, why waste it with your misconceptions? Hire a professional carpet cleaner and remain free of worries.

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