Hello everyone- online, on GOOGLE and YouTube! This is Terrence of 3kings Cleaning Services! I want to talk about the professional steps to cleaning carpets because a lot of times we come into these cleaning jobs and the carpet cleaner BEFORE us did NOT follow every professional step that should be taken when cleaning carpets.
Now 3kings Cleaning does clean carpets- 7 days a week, in Roswell Georgia- but we also service a large 20 mile radius in Atlanta, Georgia and come across carpet that could have been cleaned better. Mainly because the client would order turn-key house cleaning or window cleaning and we were not there for the carpet cleaning- but I would notice that the carpets could have been cleaned a bit better. Sometimes I would challenge myself, personally and see if I could do a better job!
Now I’m not that much of a guru when it comes to carpet cleaning. I’ve only been cleaning carpets for about 3 years now since my mentor taught me; I have taken some professional carpet cleaning courses such as IIRC certification and through the international janitorial cleaning service Association or the IJCSA.
CAN ALL CARPETS BE CLEANED TO LOOK LIKE NEW?
Can carpet look new after getting professionally clean all the time? I would say- NO, but the majority is a YES……. I prefer to be “pleasantly surprised” by the results of my carpet clean when finished. See the thing is every carpet is different. There are:
These carpets are made from different textures and thicknesses- also they are treated differently by their owners. Additional condition factors that affect the result of a finished carpet clean will be things such as: the amount of traffic that is on the carpet, type of traffic= whether it be: pets, animals, equipment, restaurants, or automotive traffic. These kinds of traffic; beat up the carpet fiber. So even if you clean it PERFECTLY- there still will be frails on the carpet when it lays down; which makes it look like the stain is still there- but it’s NOT. It’s just the shape of the carpet fiber looks different. that is from the stampeding on top of it.
Another scenario is sometimes a spot can remain on a carpet for too long! Sunlight has the same effect! So even if you clean the carpet; the color (Hue) will be slightly altered. But the good news is: most of the time your carpet will look NEW after getting professionally cleaned-
When you are diligent in maintaining your carpet with regular cleaning schedules. A professional should have all of the necessary Cleaning Solutions with them, to tackle any type of carpet cleaner scenario; such as pet odor, Kool-Aid stains, urine from pets or other sources, common dirt traffic and food spills- should be NO PROBLEM for a professional cleaner like 3kIngs Cleaning LLC.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS FOR PROFESSIONAL CARPET CLEANING?
Let’s take a moment to go into detail each step of the professional carpet cleaning process.
This is one of the most crucial steps in carpet cleaning professionally. We must understand what we are cleaning; before we go back and create a formula – so to speak – that will hopefully take over the stain that is on your carpet. A professional will take time to walk through your home or property and make notations of your trouble spots and MORE IMPORTANTLY – should ask questions- such as, “Do you know what this thing is”? Hopefully, you DO know the answer to what is on your carpet- but there are some situations where you DO NOT know what is on your carpet! Such as, when the children won’t tell you what they REALLY did or you moved into a rental home and “the carpet was already like that.” Regardless, if you have a carpet cleaner that just arrives and starts cleaning WITHOUT asking questions: that is a HUGE red flag that they are NOT a professional carpet cleaner.
Here is another step that is often SKIPPED by “professional carpet cleaners”. I hear a lot of stories from customers; telling me how the last “carpet cleaner” just comes in, puts down some type of pretreatment and then starts cleaning the carpet. The vacuuming step is VERY IMPORTANT because you need to remove as much dry soil BEFORE wetting the soil because the soil is HEAVIER after being wet, therefore extracting becomes more difficult due to the weight of the soil. Basically: cleaning is a lot more thorough when the soil is lifted and removed when dry. Sometimes we do not need to vacuum because the carpet really does not need it and we have special filters that will separate and prevent the hair, soil, and small debris from reaching our cleaning machines.
I would say 80% of the time; vacuuming is needed before the cleaning process begins. Here is another red flag that you have it unprofessional carpet cleaner if you notice they DID NOT vacuum your carpets before starting the cleaning process.
Using a pre-treatment or “pre-spray” as professionals say amongst each other, Is another IMPORTANT step in the professional carpet cleaning process because this allows for the stain or soil to be broken down to a state that can be EASILY extracted off of the carpet fiber. There are many pre-treatment cleaning agents on the market that a professional can choose to use before the extraction begins. The factors that dictate which solution to go-to depends on what type of spot we are treating.
There are three different spots that a carpet cleaner will run into. The first type is dirt or soil spots. This usually forms from traffic of walking on the carpet. Another type of spot is urine or basically bodily fluids. The third type of spots are organic stains such as fruits, vegetables, plants or something like that. We must know these things before choosing our cleaning solution because each spot have different reactions to each product. Here is a red flag that you have a professional carpet cleaner who do not allow a DWELL TIME for pre-treatment to activate.
Most pretreat Cleaning Solutions on the market require a minimum of seven minutes of dwell time before extracting from the carpet. On average the dwell time should be about 10 to 12 minutes before extracting. But when doing certain Solutions such as Carpet Odor Removal- the dwell times should be a minimum of 20 minutes- sometimes it could take up to an hour for odor removal pretreatment to activate fully.
This step is very important because agitation allows for the cleaning solution to really get down deep within the carpet fibers depending on what type of carpets we are cleaning agitation will allow for the cleaning solution to penetrate the soil that is underneath the top layer. Now there are products on the market where you do not need to agitate and some carpet cleaners do you have these Cleaning Solutions with them. Sometimes agitation is not really needed because the carpet is not that soiled.
Agitation is usually needed when we are faced with trashed carpet that has not been clean for over 12 months. These are not common, but usually at that situation. We would need to either use a hand brush or a slow rotary machine with a soft bristle on the bottom to agitate your carpets Before The Next Step in professional carpet cleaning process.
Extraction can be made several different ways. We can use a bonnet cloth to absorb all of the loose soil or just use a high-powered vacuum to remove the soil. With technology these days, we have CARPET CLEANING WANDS (affiliate link to Amazon) that omit a spray of pressurized water onto the carpet- followed with a high-powered vacuum, right in front of it. If you take a look at the picture, on Amazon, you will see the design of a carpet cleaning wand. It has 2 to 4 spray tips and a slot after the sprayer tips, which is a powerful vacuum is sucking or extracting whatever comes next. This technology allows for the carpets to be rinsed thoroughly and all of the soil gets taken away all in one swipe.
I believe this technology became popular in the 1990s, but I might be wrong. Prior to this time, the majority of carpet cleaners used the Bonnet technique or they would have a carpet shampooer which scrubs the carpet and extract at the same time. You will see these types of machines in grocery stores or schools. Majority of the time because those were the old style portable carpet cleaning machines, which are still used today, but with updated technology- some makers claim their portables are as powerful as a truck-mounted units. I will leave some pictures and maybe a video of the different techniques for carpet extraction.
Now onto the final steps of professional carpet cleaning. We have pre-treated. We have agitated the carpet. We have extracted the soils and stains- hopefully off of the carpet. Finally: we need to dry the carpet. Now this step is important because moisture contained within a room can be a good environment for mold spores to thrive. Not saying this will happen all the time; but we want to reduce the probability of mold inside of an enclosed space. So it is very important to dry the carpet, fast as possible, after the cleaning process.
With new technology, professional carpet cleaners have what we call “low-moisture carpet cleaning”(LMC) techniques where most of the time we don’t wet the carpet but that’s a whole ‘nother article to talk about.
The best ways to dry carpet fast:
1.DO NOT rush the carpet cleaner wand when extracting. Use slow, methodical movements when traveling your tool across the carpet or material that you are cleaning. This will allow ample time for the machine to extract as much moisture from the surface as possible.
2.Turn on the HVAC system in the property. This will allow air movement which can decrease the drying time.
3.Use proper air Movers. These can be as simple as a rotary fan or as professional as a squirrel cage fan (affiliate link to Amazon) which are high-powered fans that funnel air movement across a particular Zone.
I’m not saying it’s a red flag if a professional carpet cleaner does not use air movers after cleaning your carpet. Sometimes we do use air-movers due to time constraints and we have to get to another clean. Using air movers and fans definitely is a power play on fast drying times when professionally cleaning carpets.
SHOULD YOU HIRE A PROFESSIONAL OR DIY CARPET CLEAN?
Now that I’ve gone over the professional steps to carpet cleaning with you; a good question is: should you do it yourself or hire a carpet cleaning professional come by?
Personally, I think that hiring a professional is valuable due to the time-saving benefits. Also I’m getting older and the idea of dragging heavy equipment throughout my home. just to clean the carpet for about an hour or so does not sound fun to me at all- I would rather be playing video games! So, with that said; it really depends on how many areas you need cleaned. If you have less than a thousand square feet of carpet that needs cleaning; the DIY approach might be suitable because you can go to Home Depot and rent their large, heavy. professional hot water carpet cleaning extractors. Keep in mind I said heavy; so if you have to climb steps or pick up the machine just to access the carpeted areas, you might want to reconsider and get a Rug Doctor or buy a carpet shampooer (affiliate link to Amazon) from a department store such as Wal-Mart Amazon or even Home Depot or Amazon.
The rental rates for a carpet machine usually is around $100 more or less because you must factor in not only the machine, but also the Cleaning Solutions and accessories. If you compare this to hiring a professional; which the national average price for a professional carpet cleaner is about $89 to $100 for ONE AREA- this money will be the same amount BUT you save your back and hopefully save your time and more importantly give you a better result- because you hired a professional to tackle your carpet cleaning NEEDS.
Please keep in mind: 3kings Cleaning LLC is open seven days a week! So if you need your carpets cleaned in the Roswell Georgia area or surrounding Metro Atlanta area- give us a phone call 404-829-1141 extension 4. We will be happy to give you an estimate over the phone or FACEBOOK MESSENGER. Then we will come by your home or office and give your final rate once we arrive at your property! Thank you so much for spending 8 to 12 minutes reading this. Took me 4 hours to type, proof-read and edit.
Can I go to bed now??