There are many misconceptions related to the maintenance of your carpet. The first is,” you should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet”. This is completely false because dirt actually acts as sandpaper on your carpet fibers. Daily traffic through your home grinds the soil into your carpet cutting through the fibers like a knife.
Not only does this cause the carpet to wear out twice as fast, but it creates an unhealthy environment for you and your family. So the correct answer to this misconception is the longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned the more damage you cause on the fibers causing them to wear out faster.
Another false statement relating to carpet cleaning is, “the only reason you should have your carpets cleaned is to get the dirt out”. Just because you cannot see it, it doesn’t mean it is not there. Outdoor air contains all kinds of pollutants that filter through your home on a daily basis.
Pollen, bacteria, fungus, car exhaust, air pollution, even cigarette smoke can make it's way into your home. When you and others come into your home after a day at work or a night on the town, these chemicals and bacteria on your hair, skin, shoes, and clothing wind up in your carpet & upholstery because of the earth’s gravity.
If you struggle with asthma, allergies, or any type of breathing problems the pollutants in your carpet & upholstery could be playing a major role in your health conditions. So a professional carpet cleaning service not only removes the dirt in your fabrics, but it removes all of these pollutants that are possibly festering in your home on a daily basis. It is strongly recommended that you have your carpets cleaned anywhere from every 3 months to 18 months depending on the traffic in your home.
Another misconception is,” one carpet cleaning method is just as good as any other”. There are basically two types of cleaning methods to go with: Dry cleaning or hot extraction. People tend to think dry carpet cleaning is the same as dry cleaning your clothes. This is false, all carpet cleaning methods use some type of moisture.
Dry cleaning methods are primarily designed for low to moderate soil levels and/or maintenance between your restoration cleanings. This method typically involves the use of an industrial floor machine attached to a large cotton bonnet agitating all four sides of your carpet fibers absorbing soils leaving your carpet damp. Dry times are normally 1-2 hours after the service is completed.
The hot extraction method can be performed using a high power portable extractor or some type of truckmount cleaning system. This cleaning method is designed for highly soiled carpet containing bacteria, build up, allergens, and odors. This method is recommended at least every 12-18 months because it is the most effective way of cleaning your carpet. People say that hot water can damage your carpet but this is not true.
Damage caused to your carpet is from excessive moisture or residues being left behind which can cause rapid re-soiling and mildew growth. An experienced carpet cleaning technician having the proper knowledge and using the proper equipment will be able to make accurate recommendations to you after a full evaluation of your carpet. Pure Solutions has the answers to these misconceptions and offers both methods of carpet cleaning serving Riverside, CA and surrounding areas, call 951-787-8787.