6 Costly Misconceptions About Carpet Cleaning

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Facts About Cleaning Carpet & Upholstery

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A dirty carpet will not last as long as a clean carpet. And while vacuuming helps-by itself, it's simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out.

Prestige Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning will like to educate future customers on how important it is to learn how to care correctly for carpet & upholstery. We also advise on how to maximize healthy indoor air quality and maintain carpet fibers to its maximum potential. Here are a few misconceptions we would like to share in the carpet cleaning industry:

MISCONCEPTION #1:
You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet.

No. Dirt is an abrasive-like sandpaper. Every time you step on your carpet, you grind dirt into the carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet, just as if you had used a knife. A dirty carpet will not last as long as a clean carpet. And while vacuuming helps-by itself, it's simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out.

MISCONCEPTION #2:
The only reason to clean carpets is to remove the dirt.

No. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust - and hundreds of other chemicals. When you come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria and chemicals in your hair and on your skin, clothing and shoes. Not surprisingly, all those chemicals and toxins wind up in your carpet.

If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems - one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, smoke and chemicals in your carpet.

MISCONCEPTION #3:
One method of carpet cleaning is as good as another.

No. The dry cleaning methods - which are dry foam, dry chemicals and dry compounds - do not rinse your carpet in any way. Instead, they leave a dirty residue. You might say they clean your carpet only halfway. The most effective cleaning method is hot water extraction.

MISCONCEPTION #4:
Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly. Not true. Many companies own hot-water cleaners but very few companies teach their employees how to use them properly. This is why it's important that you choose your carpet cleaner carefully. The best cleaning companies are those that have been certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, known as the IICRC. If they are not certified, don't use them.

MISCONCEPTION #5:
The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.

No. We've seen so many problems arise from lowest-bid companies that we suggest you never hire the company that quotes the cheapest price. The two most common problems are:

(1) The price may not be for the services you want performed. The company may be equipped to remove only the dirt from your carpet. But you may want bacteria, fungus, pollens, dust mites and tobacco residues removed as well.

(2) The price you see advertised may not be the price you pay. Many homeowners have learned that the low price they saw advertised only lasted until the carpet cleaner got into their home. Then they were pressured into paying a lot more for a variety of add-ons. (Some carpet cleaners even break the law by using illegal bait-and-switch tactics.)

MISCONCEPTION #6:
Any honest carpet cleaning company should be able to give you an exact price quote over the telephone.

We wish this were true, but it isn't.

Honest, reputable carpet cleaning companies almost never price carpet cleaning by the room. Instead, carpet cleaning is usually priced by the square foot. So if you'd like us to tell you the exact cost of cleaning your carpet, we need to know the exact number of square feet that you want cleaned. To get an accurate measurement, we use a measuring wheel to calculate the exact size of the carpet area.

For more information, visit http://prestigecarpetupholsterycleaning.com.

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