The life and beauty of the carpet depending on how well the carpet is cared for and maintained. A well maintained, quality carpet’s life expectancy is anywhere from 10-15 years.
Proper cleaning will help improve indoor air quality, adhere to carpet warranties and keep it looking great for its lifetime. In order to keep your carpets looking their best, you can prevent dirt and grime from entering your home or business by using mats and runners or taking off shoes. Carpets should be vacuumed at least one or two times a week to pick up loose dirt and dust. Spots and spills should always been attended to quickly with products that do not damage the carpet or leave a sticky residue.
“Steam Cleaning” is just a nickname for a method of carpet cleaning called “hot-water extraction.”
This method is the preferred method of cleaning by many major carpet manufacturers. In fact, some require you to use this service at least once every 12-18 months otherwise the warranty on your carpet can be voided.
This type of cleaning is widely considered the best method of removing embedded soils and contaminants in your carpet. Steam cleaning works by injecting a high pressurized solution into the carpet pile, then immediately extracts it with the powerful vacuum system. Most companies will apply a pre-treatment to break down soils, loosen oil deposits and remove spots.
After the cleaning, a protective coating can be applied to your carpet, most of the time for an additional cost. This coating is commonly referred to as “scotchguarding.” This phrase is also just a nickname. What is applied is actually a Teflon. It’s a good idea to have this reapplied, as the scotchguarding applied during the manufacturing process will only last so long.
If a truck-mount system is used, the water can reach over 230 degrees! Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot water is a key component in any cleaning.
Powerful Vacuum System
Truck-mount systems are basically an engine with a very powerful blower built-in. The horsepower ranges from 15 to 50, depending on the size of the machine. This engine powers this vacuum so it can create a very powerful suction. This vacuum is so powerful it can have your carpets dry within a couple of hours. There is a misconception that steam cleaning will over-saturate your carpet, soak your padding and take days to dry. This is simply not true.
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