Hiring Professional Carpet Cleaners
Professional carpet cleaners have much more experience than do amateur carpet cleaners, both in terms of what they do and the tools they use. Professionals know how to deal with specialized situations, like water damage, difficult stains, and more. They also know what to look for, what not to look for, how to dispose of excess water, etc. Professional cleaners also work with environmentally-friendly products, so they can offer a greener alternative to your regular old carpet cleaning services.
There are two main types of professional carpet cleaners: those that come in a truck, and those that come in a van. Truck-based pros are able to take their equipment with them anywhere, whereas vans are limited to the places that they can safely go (such as commercial businesses). If you are having a hard time deciding between a truck or a van, here are a few things to consider: if one is allowed, will it be able to come to your house when needed, and how often. How often the pros come may mean the difference between getting filthy on a regular basis, or getting dirt only once in a blue moon. Remember, sometimes dirt just comes out of nowhere!
Steam cleaning machines vs. dry cleaning machines. This is an important factor to consider not only because the machines do slightly different things, but because they both get dirty. Dry cleaning machines get very wet, because the chemicals are extremely hot, and they don’t really know whether or not something is still alive until they have dried out completely. The steam cleaners work a little differently, because the heat of the steam loosens up dirt, grease, grime, etc. However, this is usually not as important of a factor as price.
Cleaning methods: Professional carpet cleaners might use a certain method to clean your carpets, depending on where you live and what type of stains you are trying to remove. For example, someone living in Whidbey Island, Washington would most likely want their carpet cleaner to use a specific type of solvent to remove stains caused by mud, stones, or algae. A cleaning company could easily visit your home to learn which cleaning method would work best for your type of stain. For example, someone living in California might go with a more abrasive method to remove mud stains, while someone living in Alaska could choose a more delicate method for removing deeply stained carpet.
Drying time: It is important to know how long a drying time for professional cleaners takes before the carpet is completely clean. Most companies recommend not using the dryer on heavily stained areas, as the heat from the dryer may cause the stain to spread, rather than being absorbed. Also, if a client has a lot of heavily stained areas, many companies recommend that their customers avoid using the dryer on those areas for two weeks. Depending on the type of stain, the drying time can range anywhere from one to five days, or in some cases even longer. If a customer has any questions about the recommended drying time for a particular job, his or her cleaners can usually be consulted.
Cost: The cost of hiring professional carpet cleaners is generally comparable to those of doing the job yourself, however there are a few exceptions. If a customer does not want his or her area to be professionally cleaned, he or she can usually do the clean up in-house. On the other hand, a person who wants their dirt removed from a specific area like a whidbey island condo, or something similar, would most likely want the job done by a company with experience and expertise.