How Should I Maintain My Carpets After Professional Cleaning?
Regular vacuuming is one of the best maintenance activities you can do on your own. Most vacuuming, however, is done to quickly and even the best household vacuums can’t be as effective when you move too fast. A vacuum with a powerhead is the best to be using with your carpet. Give your vacuum time to lift the carpet pile, agitate it and remove the soils. Most soils are dry and can be eliminated properly if vacuumed promptly and properly. Spills should be treated as soon as possible to avoid staining. Before leaving your home, your carpet cleaning technicians should recommend the time for your next professional cleaning. Following their suggestion as well as your carpet manufacturer’s requirement should help keep your carpets looking fresh for years.
Types of Soils and How to Lesson Their Impact on Your Carpeting:
The majority of dry particulate matter (gritty, unattached soil) distributed throughout your home comes from the outdoors and accumulates in the entry areas. This type of matter constitutes about 80% of the soil in a carpet. These soils are detrimental to the aesthetics of your carpet and the indoor air quality of your home and will eventually lead to the abrasion of the carpet fibres. Abrasion happens when these soils scratch and produce pits on fibres, dulling them and making them appear to be more soiled than they are. Grit also produces a cutting action that removes fibres and shortens the life of the carpet. Daily vacuuming of traffic areas and overall vacuuming at least once a week can successfully remove these types of gritty soils between cleanings. Entry mats at all entrance areas in residential and/or commercial settings can also significantly reduce soils between cleanings. These mats should be vacuumed and serviced frequently. This will enable them to remove soils as they are walked on opposed to getting stuck between your carpets.
Oils and Greases.
Oils and greases are the matter that gives carpet its dirty look. They are composed of sticky oils and greases containing tiny pieces of soil materials. The longer oily soils remain on the fibre, the more difficult they are to remove. Thorough professional cleaning can remove most of these types of soils. Some oily soils change chemically and produce a yellowish film on the fibre that is impossible to remove. Other oils dissolve into some synthetic fibres, becoming part of the fibres themselves. These cannot be removed without damage to the fibre. The use and maintenance of entry mats will also help to lessen the impact of oily soils on your carpet.
Accidental Spills or Spots.
These should be treated as soon as they occur to prevent any permanent staining. Most carpet being produced today is milled with stain-resist or stain-repellent qualities. While these stain-resist qualities are extremely effective, no carpet is stain proof. The longer a substance stands on a carpet, the higher the risk of it permeating the fibre. To reduce your risk of staining, address each spot immediately, if possible.
How Often Should I Have My Carpets Professionally Cleaned?
As explained above, vacuuming alone, although essential, cannot maintain the appearance of a carpet at an acceptable level for long. Depending on several factors, the appearance of any carpet will ultimately reach an unacceptable level. At that stage, cleaning is necessary by a professional.
The frequency of such cleaning will depend on a carpet’s use conditions, soil conditions, fibre type, construction specifications, colour, etc. It is best to schedule a professional cleaning when traffic areas begin to show soiling. For some, this could mean once every six months, for others once a year or longer.
In general, a residential carpet requires cleaning within 1 to 1 1/2 years (especially in the traffic areas) and certainly before two years of use (and possible abuse).
We send out reminders to our customers when it has been at least one year since their last cleaning. We offer various discounts throughout to year to returning customers as well as to our Facebook fans.
Are Cleaning & Carpet Maintenance Programs Available?
For some of our customers with high traffic or unusual soiling problems in their commercial or residential environment, a planned cleaning & carpet cleaning maintenance program is available and may be appropriate.
Commercial Carpet & Cleaning Maintenance Programs. Let McArdles business service protect your facility from premature carpet replacement. Our Cleaning & Carpet Cleaning Maintenance Program can be customised to meet your specific needs. Our planned, pre-scheduled appointments will keep your carpets looking clean while contributing to your company’s positive image. Regular professional carpet cleaning & cleaning can improve your indoor air quality as well as help prolong the life of the carpet. Our team will work with you to assess your individual needs and create a maintenance program that is both effective and timely. Please contact our office for more information. We offer detailed contracts which specify all carpeted areas to be maintained by McArdles to assure a prominent level of appearance using equipment and supplies that adhere to industry standards. These include the utilisation of multiple carpet cleaning methods, all of which are non-toxic, environmentally friendly, pH balanced and residue free. All methods of carpet cleaning and scheduled visits will be thoroughly discussed before cleaning. McArdles will furnish Material Safety Data Sheets for all cleaning compounds used in the planned cleaning, along with explanations of each compound’s relevance to the cleaning process. Various combinations of cleaning methods and chemicals can be used throughout the contract and will be specified. The responsibilities of both the business customer and McArdles will be completely outlined and thoroughly explained.
Residential Cleaning & Carpet Maintenance Programs.
Carpet Cleaning & Cleaning Maintenance programs are also available for our residential customers. Regularly scheduled maintenance can be performed to keep the carpets in your home at a prominent level of appearance always while providing you with savings that will be hard to resist! Please call our office for details (02) 6361 8447.