Carpet cleaning now what

My carpet needs to be cleaned, now what?

Carpet is a go-to flooring option for many and can provide a whole host of benefits to your home. But just as every other surface in your home, it collects dirt and dust over time and must be cleaned. The issue with carpet is that debris and particulates that build up are often not visible to the eye, and cleaning gets put off for longer than it should. If left uncleaned, carpets and rugs in your home can have an effect on the indoor air quality and by extension, your health. So it’s important to keep it clean not just for aesthetic reasons, but for the well-being of you and your family.

Read more about the most commonly used methods for cleaning carpet.

Spot Cleaning & Home Methods

The internet is full of hacks and tips to do any number of things. Fix your car yourself, make your own candles, and on and on. Carpet cleaning is no exception. There are tons of articles on how you can get stains out, clean your carpet just like the professionals, and make your own carpet cleaning products. Some are helpful and accurate, but many will waste your time, money and maybe even cause damage to your carpet that will cost you more in the end when you have to call in a professional to fix it.

When looking for information on how to spot treat or clean your carpet at home, be sure to consider the source and the credibility, and look for multiple articles that say similar things. Although it’s not advised to use at-home “hacks” to clean your carpet, at the very least getting info from credible sources can reduce the chances of making the damage worse.

DIY Carpet Machines

These are the machines you see by the front doors of the supermarket that promise an effective carpet cleaning at a bargain price. You usually rent these for a day or two (costs vary but average between $30-$60) and operate it yourself. You’ll need to buy the cleaning detergent that goes with it, which is used in conjunction with hot water to loosen dirt from the carpet and then extract it. This can be an acceptable solution if you are on a tight budget, but only if you are a skilled operator and you don’t need a very deep clean.

Here’s why:

DIY machines tend to be less effective for a few reasons. Typically, they aren’t able to heat the water to the temperature that professional cleaning machines can achieve. They also lack the same power as professional equipment, meaning they can’t extract as much of the dirt (via the water) from the carpet.

Lastly, the skill of the person operating the machine is a factor. In order for the machine to work properly, many things have to go right during the process, including keeping a steady and even pace across the carpet, using the correct amount of cleaner, and other user-related factors.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

If you want to be sure your carpet is thoroughly cleaned and you don’t want to have to deal with it yourself, the best option is professional cleaning. High-quality professionals have a multi-step process that ensures the job is done correctly the first time. Here’s our process here at Master Cleaners:

  1. Pre-Inspection
  2. Traffic Area Preconditioning
  3. Spot Removal
  4. Edge Cleaning
  5. Furniture Moving
  6. Heavy Duty Hot Water Extraction (Steam Cleaning)
  7. Post Inspection & Spotting Treatment

While DIY methods (and some discount professional cleaners) aren’t able to get beyond the surface level of the carpet, high-quality professional cleaners have the equipment and skill level to pull out bacteria and other harmful debris that lie beyond the surface.

Not all cleaning services are created equal. There are many that have popped up in recent years that use lower quality equipment and don’t use the proper techniques. They entice with low price offers, but often do not deliver results that are any better than DIY methods. In fact, they can often create more problems for you – more than 30% of our jobs here at Master Cleaners are fixing the mistakes of low-quality work.

Which service should I use?

Here are some ways to determine if the service you are using is on the level:

  • Avoid scams by checking with the Better Business Bureau to ensure a business is legitimate
  • Check their reviews
  • Check out their blog to get a sense of who they are and what they value
  • Ask questions
  • Take the customer service for a test drive (for example, call the customer service line or send an email and see how long it takes them to respond and how courteous they are)
  • Research how long they have been in business

So it may cost a little more to have a high-quality service clean your carpet and rugs, but in the end, it’s likely worth it for the peace of mind you’ll have knowing your home is in good hands.

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Spring cleaning? Don’t forget your soft surfaces

For many, a spring cleaning to-do list usually includes things like deep cleaning in the bathroom and kitchen. These are the tasks that easily come to mind, partly because it’s usually quite visible as you walk around the home that it’s time to give these areas a good scrub. It’s no surprise why an attic or garage are the go-to places for stacks of random objects that go untouched for years– out of sight, out mind!

Another reason kitchens and bathrooms tend to get attention is because they are so frequently used. They come into contact with humans, pets, water, food, dirt and dust just to name a few. So deep cleaning should be done on a regular basis, not only for sanitary reasons but for health reasons as well. If not cleaned well, hard surfaces can easily attract mold and mildew that can cause all kinds of issues.

But what is often neglected are the areas of your home that are used even more frequently than the bathroom and kitchen and come into contact with the same exact things. The only difference? You can’t always see when these areas are dirty.

The areas in question are the soft surfaces of your home. Soft surfaces include things you can’t easily throw in the washer like carpet, rugs, drapes, and upholstered furniture. These surfaces can get just as dirty as the hard surfaces but are often overlooked because it’s difficult to tell when they’re in need of cleaning. And often if you can see that they need cleaning, the dirt, dust, dust, and allergens have already been affecting your home.

It’s likely that you’ve had your carpets or rugs cleaned before, but many people don’t get cleanings as often as they should. It’s recommended that you have your carpet professionally cleaned every 6-18 months. If you have many people living in your home and/or pets, you should probably go with the shorter end of that frame. Rugs can go a bit longer, possibly a few years between cleanings. Master Cleaners also offers rug cleaning in our state-of-the-art plant, allowing you to conveniently drop off and pick up without having to schedule an appointment in your home.

A word of caution when you look for carpet and rug cleaning services: While it may be tempting to hire a discount carpet cleaning service to clean your carpets and rugs, be aware of the risk that entails. More than 30% of the jobs we do at Master Cleaners are fixing mistakes from cleaners who did not use the right equipment, cleaning materials, or proper techniques. So saving a few dollars up front can cost you big time in the end.

A lesser known fact is that you can also get your upholstery and drapes cleaned the same way your carpet is cleaned. It may be tempting to just spray some fabric freshener on these items and call it a day, or only spot-clean as it is needed. But upholstered furniture can hold similar unpleasant things as your carpet does, like dust mites, allergens and other bacteria. It’s safe to say if you get your carpet cleaned, you should do the same for furniture and the other soft surfaces in your home.

So start this spring off right by giving everything in your home a cleaning – both the hard surfaces and the soft ones!

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Protecting the Investment INSIDE Your Home: Maintaining Carpet & Rugs

Imagine you spend thousands of dollars on a product that you use every single day. It’s a no-brainer to maintain it, right? The first thing that might come to mind is a car or computer.  But what you may not immediately realize is that the rugs and carpeting in your home are used just as (and perhaps more frequently) as your car or computer.

We change the oil in our cars and protect our computers with virus software and device insurance. We even routinely maintain other systems in the home, like changing the filter for our furnace or getting our A/C checked.  This is just part of the homeowner checklist to protect a costly investment that would be a hassle to replace. And it’s widely known that routine maintenance pays off in the long run when it comes to items of value.

These same principles apply to the carpeting and rugs in your home. Yet many people are not taking the proper steps to maintain this investment and ensure it lasts as long as possible. Just like car tune-ups, maintenance will extend the life of your carpeting and rugs. In fact, having your carpet and rugs professionally cleaned regularly can significantly improve the likelihood of them lasting. And it doesn’t take complicated math to realize that the more frequently you have to replace something, the more it costs you.

Why should I maintain my carpet and rugs?

Carpet, if well maintained, can last 15-20 years or more, and high-quality rugs can last hundreds of years.  In many cases, homeowners go through a long process of choosing just the right carpet and rugs. They factor in budget, the style of the décor, their lifestyle, and the feel and look of the fibers. After all this time, effort, and money is spent to create the perfect look for the home, it makes sense to take the same care in keeping it up.

Another factor to consider is the warranty on the carpet. If something goes wrong, you may have to show that you have held up your end of the deal by following the terms of the warranty and taking care of the carpet as instructed. So not only will proper maintenance help keep your carpet looking good, but it will also provide peace of mind in case something happens that would cause your warranty to kick in.

Frequency of Maintenance

So how often should you get your carpet cleaned? Typically you should consider a cleaning every 6-18 months, and the exact time frame depends on your lifestyle. If you have a full house and/or pets, you probably want to go with the 6-12 month range. For rugs, the general guidelines for cleaning are between 1 and 10 years. Your best bet is to go with a professional cleaning service that will assess the situation and provide you with reminders to help you schedule cleanings at the proper intervals.

Another advantage of using a professional cleaning service is that they’ll often help you in between these routine cleanings if you are in need of emergency spot-cleaning. At Master Cleaners, service is our top priority, so we want to make sure you’re feeling confident and proud of your carpet and rugs and that they are in tip-top shape at all times.

So consider getting your carpet and rugs on a routine maintenance schedule the same way you do for your car. It may cost you some throughout the years, but in the end,  it could mean big savings if you can prolong the life of these assets.

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The Surprising Way to Boost Your Family’s Health This Year (Hint: Look down!)

Eating right, exercising, seeing the doctor… these are the things that immediately come to mind when it comes to taking care of your health. If you’re particularly health conscious, you may even think about toxins and other harmful things in the food you eat and the products you use.  But what is often forgotten is the air around you. Not just outside, but the air where you spend much of your time – your home.

Typically, air filters, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers are the go-to methods for addressing the air quality inside of your home. However, many homeowners fail to do one thing when considering home air quality: look down! The floors are a big contributor to the overall health of your home and the people in it.

For the most part, we buy carpet and rugs for their visual appeal, and perhaps the comfort or noise reduction aspect. But what you may not know is that they also act as filters. Allergens, dust, and potentially harmful germs and bacteria enter your home through open windows and dirt and debris that’s tracked in from outside. These particles settle into the fibers and affect the quality of your indoor air.

At first blush, it sounds like having a rug or carpeting might not be the best idea. But, if you treat them right, homes with carpets and rugs can have very healthy indoor air. In fact, many studies show that those with allergies report improvements in their symptoms after installing carpet. Instead of allergens circulating in the air, they’re able to be thoroughly vacuumed up and removed via deep cleaning.

The key to keeping your indoor air quality as high as possible is maintenance. Much like a filter, whatever is captured must be removed. While vacuuming can help remove some of these particles, much of it is deep below the surface and not visible to the naked eye. In fact, if your rug or carpet is visibly dirty, it’s quite possible the particles have already been affecting your indoor air quality. So what can you do?

Get professional deep cleanings 

Your carpet and rugs should be cleaned professionally approximately once per year, depending on the usage (6-18 months).  This process extracts deeply embedded dirt and particles that regular vacuuming can’t reach (learn more about the process here). When seeking out a professional cleaning service, be sure to ask questions about their process and experience and check customer reviews. Many times discount cleaners are not using the proper equipment and process, which means the cleaning is not effective and can even damage your carpet and rugs.

Vacuum consistently

Vacuuming alone isn’t enough to keep your carpets and rugs pristine, but it will help tremendously between deep cleanings. Be sure you have a high-quality vacuum and are using proper technique. High traffic areas should be vacuumed at least a few times a week and areas that aren’t as used should be vacuumed once per week.

Limit dirt entering your home whenever possible

If you already ask visitors to take off their shoes before entering your home, pat yourself on the back! Not only does this cut down on stains, but it will also help prevent some of dirt and grime from lodging into your carpet and rugs. A doormat is the next best option, and being mindful of children and pets is also important. They may be cute, but they can sometimes track in some unpleasant things.

Don’t forget other soft surfaces

Your upholstered furniture and draperies can also build up microscopic allergens quickly and need to be cleaned regularly. The good news? These can also be deep cleaned similarly to how your carpets and rugs are cleaned.

Keeping your indoor air quality as high as possible doesn’t take much extra effort. Scheduling professional cleanings (here at Master Cleaners we remind clients when it’s time to get soft surfaces cleaned), vacuuming regularly and practicing some prevention can make a big difference. Here’s to your health!