Everything You Need To Know About Carpet Cleaning

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Hi my name is Ian Harper And I provide Carpet Cleaning Services In Leigh On Sea and Southend On Sea. You Can Find Out More About Ian Harper Carpet Cleaning Here. Or Contact Us Here. We have a weekly Competition where we give away a free room of carpet cleaning Here.

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So it can be really confusing when looking for carpet cleaning services. The reason for this is carpet cleaning can be done in many different ways (methods). Plus, the big differences of prices carpet cleaners charge makes it near impossible to choose a carpet cleaner. So I am here to help you along that road. From my experience Price And dry times are the most common questions asked.


How Long Will It Take For My Carpet To Dry?

How Long Will It Take For My Carpet To Dry

How Long Will It Take For My Carpet To Dry


This question is normally asked by people that have had their carpet cleaned by a professional or cleaned their own carpets. They know it can take hours from experience and that it causes inconvenience in the home.
Lets talk about the situation where someone has used a carpet cleaner and the carpet took hours to dry. This normally happens when the carpet cleaner is not very experienced and really does not know what they are doing. Basically, dirt bonds to the carpet, that’s why you can’t vac it out. Breaking this bond is called emulsification. The water is just used to flush out the emulsified dirt. 

So when cleaning a carpet, keep going over and over will not remove the dirt if that bond is not broken. Now for the science part. Detergents come in different kinds and matching them to the type of dirt is key in breaking the bond. This explanation also goes for the people that have tried to clean their own carpets.


So how can you tell the good from the bad carpet cleaners? Read our carpet cleaning guide Here.


Which Carpet Cleaning Method Is Best.

Talk to any carpet cleaner and they will tell you that the method or machine they use is best. Bottom line here is that all carpet cleaning methods clean carpets. And as a customer you are buying a clean carpet and you should not worry about how you get to that place.


What you need to look out for is in the “service” you are buying. Look out for a hygienic clean in other words does the clean also kill all the germs? Its unrealistic to expect your carpet to be germ free all the time but maintaining the levels keeps you family healthier.


How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?

That really depends on how well the person or company runs their business. At the top end of the food chain you have franchises that have lots of overheads and the mother company to pay. And at the bottom you have a part time person that is just cleaning carpets for some extra money. (nothing wrong with that)


So What Are You Really Buying? As I said above you are buying a clean carpet. So when looking at cost and price its like comparing apple with apples, they all look the same, right? This is when its hard to choose. I can only tell you how we have approached this. We offer to our customer a carpet cleaning after care package here. This adds real value to what our customers are buying compared to other carpet cleaners.


Well I hope this helps? Good luck. I could dive deep with carpet cleaning but thought that would not be a great idea? Anyway, if you need a professional carpet cleaner here is our carpet cleaning page and contact us here.

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Everything You Need To Know About Carpet Shampooers

Hi welcome to my website. My name is Ian Harper and I am a local carpet cleaner in Southend On Sea And Leigh On Sea. So you are here because you want to buy or find out more about “carpet shampooers”? Well I would like to help you make the right choice. I will try to be unbiased as possible, lets get started and find you the best carpet shampooer.


Carpet Shampooer Reviews


This is now harder than you would think. With so much choice for carpet shampooers and so many places to buy a carpet shampooer you cant see the wood for the trees. Most of these websites that review carpet shampooers are what is called “Affiliate Marketing Sites” what this means is that they are shops. The problem here is articles like “The 10 Best Carpet Shampooers 2018” are just a selection that they want to sell you.


In the UK we are lucky to have https://www.which.co.uk/ they do what you would expect from a review website. Problem here is that to get at the reviews for carpet shampooers you need to subscribe. They have a introductory offer for just a pound but then automatically goes up to £10 a month. What we did when we were look for a washing machine was sign up then cancel after we had the report this is harder than it sounds but can be done. They make you jump though some hoops and don’t make it easy. This is your best place to find out the best carpet shampooer.


Amazon Reviews For Carpet Shampooers


AS you will know these types of reviews are written by people that buy carpet shampooers. Big problem here is that most people are only motivated to write when something goes wrong and not in the vast amount of cases when it all works out fine. This group of reviews for carpet shampooers don’t see that they might be at fault. One of the biggest complaints is that the carpet shampooer did not perform well. That’s because the carpet was heavy soiled and should have been professionally cleaned.


Plus it never looks good when you have lots of negative carpet shampooers together but if you put this into context with all the happy people that had positive experiences with their new carpet shampooers you then see the true picture.


Where To Buy A Carpet Shampooer

When buying a carpet shampooer, you properly will not think about servicing. Carpet shampooers are not just wet versions of you vacuum. You are dealing with water and electricity and safety is very important. So if you can buy locally from one of these little shops that service carpet shampooers then you will not only be doing yourself a favour in knowing where to take the carpet shampooer when its needs a service but supporting your local community.


My advice on how to keep your carpet shampooer working for long period between services is always run clean fresh water thought it after you have used it to clean your carpet. Why? Well the detergent that they sell for these machines are not the best quality and can clog up the jets when the carpet shampooer is not used often. Don’t worry about this is just one of those things that if you know about you can prevent.


Cleaning With Your Carpet Shampooer.


Being a professional carpet cleaner, I will try and boil it down to the real basics. These machines are designed for light soil. Sure you can watch video’s on YouTube that show them dealing with heavy soil. What they don’t tell you how wet the carpet was after and how long it took to dry out and how it smelt while drying.


If you have a heavy soil carpet then first get them professionally cleaned or hire a rug doctor then start using your own carpet shampooer on a regular basis.


What Is The Difference Between A Carpet Shampooer And Professional Machines?

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Cleaning a carpet is about breaking the soil bond between the carpet and soil and then flushing that soil away. When you have lots of soil you need more water and in turn more vacuum power to recover that dirt. So the big difference between your carpet shampooer is the amount of water it can deliver and recover. Without leaving the carpet soaking wet and, in some cases, damaging it.


Now you know how to buy and use a carpet shampooer. Hope this has been fair and unbiased I wish you well with you carpet cleaning with your new carpet shampooer

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Professional Carpet Cleaning Prices

Answer: When you ask about the cost of carpet cleaning and you use the word “professional” it really depend how you view that with regards a trade that does not have any barriers to setting up and practising. In the UK we have The British Institute Of Cleaning Science, who goal is to both to educate cleaners and the public on the profession of cleaning. I did my City & Guilds In Cleaning Science thought them. So I have a view that not many share that this my starting point.

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Next you have trade associations the main cleaning one I have already quoted. In carpet cleaning we have a few some better than others. The National Carpet Cleaners Association Is the best of them.

Lastly we have carpet cleaning franchises. This is where you will be safe if your looking for a professional carpet cleaner, and is my recommendation.

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So “how much professional carpet cleaning cost” you will find a wide price range. franchisees being at the top end. why such a wide range? because you have part time carpet cleaners competing alongside franchises. If your looking for a cheap carpet clean then ask around friends and family you might find someone that use a part time carpet cleaner and been very happy with the experience.

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I hope that explains costs of carpet cleaning. My goal here is to explain why such a big gap in cost. Not to say one end of that cost range is in any way worse that the top end or any less professional. just people tend to judge quality by price. which was true years ago (why we have brands, which is why I recommend franchises for you) but not so much these days.

Carpet Cleaning Prices Per Room

This is how we price by the room. and we have a great twist on this way of pricing carpet cleaning. “The More Carpets You Have Cleaned The Cheaper Each Carpet Become”

Its volume discounting for carpet cleaning. our customers really like this way of paying for carpet cleaning.

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Hi and welcome to my site. My name is Ian Harper And I provide carpet cleaning services in Southend on sea and Leigh On Sea. So are you thinking about cleaning your carpets with a Rug Doctor? We’ve got you covered with more information about carpet cleaning with a Rug Doctor Than you will ever need. Why Not Enter Our “Win Free Room Of Carpet Cleaning” its a weekly contest run by me and my wife Tina for people that live in Southend On Sea or Leigh On Sea. If you win I will come and clean one room of carpet for you. My hope is that you might recommend me or use me when you need other carpets cleaned. No pressure or strings attached. My Carpet Cleaning Services Are Here Or Contact Us Here

First, we will give you the locations around Southend On Sea and Leigh On Sea where you can hire a rug doctor. Then we will move on to the basics of cleaning your carpets with a Rug Doctor. I will also give you my advice on carpet cleaning problems people face when cleaning carpets with a Rug Doctor.

The rug Doctor is a great little machine but does have its limits and if you read some of the reviews and chat online about rug Doctors you would think overwise. Let’s be honest here its about people’s expectations. There is a very good reason why professional carpet cleaning is a thing. Rug doctors are designed to deal with light soil. Medium and heavy should be cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner.

What Is The Difference Between Rug Doctors And Professional Carpet Cleaning Machines?

Simply it’s the amount of water that can be used to flush out the dirt. When you wash anything depending on the level of dirt it will require more rinsing. So, on a professional carpet cleaner the pump that delivers the water is much larger. And then you will need extra vacuum power to recover that water or your carpet will be soaking.

But I Have Seen Videos On YouTube That Prove Rug Doctors Can Deal With Heavy Soil

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Yes, and I have seen those as well what they don’t show or tell is how wet they are when they have finished cleaning with the Rug Doctor. This is important because the longer a carpet takes to dry the more chance bacteria will have to grow and that is what causes the odour. Also when using the Rug Doctor The speed that you move with it will determine how much water is going into your carpet, so slow will mean more water and fast less water. Its far better to go fast and leave the carpet to dry and then repeat until the carpet is clean. than try and get all the dirt out of your carpet in just one try. Because you are hiring the Rug Doctor this can cause people to panic and not clean the carpet as they should. AS I said Rug Doctors are great just don’t let your carpets get over soiled and everything will work out fine. Far better to hire the rug doctor over a week then one day.

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What Can Go Wrong When Using A Rug Doctor?

Like most things nothing ever run smooth for everyone. That does not mean that you should not clean your own carpets with a rug doctor. What I have noticed is that when you read reviews it all sound so negative. That’s because people will always write these reviews when things go wrong and not when everything works as it should. Plus, they are all together and that never looks good. Just think how many happy people have used a rug doctor compared to those few negative experiences.

Rug doctor customer service comes in for some negative comments. I am sure that this is not a true reflection for most people using the call centre. Next on the list is the rug doctors themselves. because you are renting these machines and most of the time they are from supermarkets the staff that take them in after the rental don’t check to see if they have been cleaned out. This is a problem for the next renter. So check before you sign that the rug docor is clean. Rug Doctor do have service vans but it’s an imposable task for them to able to check each rug doctor after its been out.

You should be practical about the time it will take to clean your carpets and hire for a minimum of two days. Because if when dry you might feel it needs going over again. Its ot going to take two days but given that it can take a few hours to dry out completely you will need the extra day. You could rent the rug doctor with a family member or friend so you would only end up paying for a day. Plus you would also save money on products if you share.

Spot and Stains

The way you tell a spot from a stain is the spot will normally be sticky and black. Stain are damage which can be reversed by a expert sometimes but no guarantee they will come out. If you always follow the product instructions and you’re not seeing any difference then it’s a stain.

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You will find lots of choice when it come to carpet cleaning from brands to carpet cleaning methods. They all work. The real problem is people leaving carpet far to long between cleans. Its advisable to clean once a year, may be twice and in rare case more often if you have sick child or pet. So not carpet cleaner brand or carpet cleaning method should be excluded from your choice. Just take into account the soil levels and match machine and method to it.

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Question: oxiclean vs shout

Answer: you get mixed results with both

Question: oxiclean and vinegar

Answer: Do Not Mix

Question: oxiclean vs cascade

Answer: You will get mixed results with both

Question: oxiclean vs peroxide

Answer: Not a fair comparison as one is good at one group of stains and they other more good at most but master of none

Question: oxiclean vs vinegar

Answer: white vinegar is the go to for coffee and tea. oxiclean can remove these but is also good at other types of stains

Question: oxiclean vs generic

Answer: oxiclean is generic. with all the different type of stains it will always get mixed results

Question: oxiclean vs gain

Answer: These are general stain removers and you will always get mixed results

Question: oxiclean vs pbw

Answer: With any stain I would advise that you have selection of products and always be test to find and then beat the best product.

Question: oxiclean vs affresh

Answer: In these cases it not the product but more what you are asking it to do. stains require experts in removal and these products are just general will get most stuff out type

Question: oxiclean vs biz

Answer: When a product says it can clean or remove all types of stains i file that in the will remove some but not all and results will very.

Question: oxiclean and detergent

Answer: You can mix oxiclean with detergent but we always advise not to mix products. find a product where it does both jobs that you are asking it to do by mixing these two products.

Question: oxiclean vs oxygen bleach

Answer: they are the same

Question:oxiclean vs b-brite

Answer: They are the same

Question: oxiclean vs tide

Answer: As far as carpet cleaning goes never use tide on your carpets

Question: oxiclean vs hydrogen peroxide

Answer: I would advise anyone that is not a professional carpet cleaner not to use hydrogen peroxide. You can damage your carpet.

Question: oxiclean and grout

Answer: OxiClean will clean, sanitize and remove stains without harming the grout.

Question: oxiclean and baking soda

Answer: Cleaning products are very advanced these days and should not be mixed. find the one or selection of products which is more realistic that works for you

Question: oxiclean and peroxide

Answer: Cleaning products are very advanced these days and should not be mixed. find the one or selection of products which is more realistic that works for you

Question: oxiclean and clorox

Answer: Cleaning products are very advanced these days and should not be mixed. find the one or selection of products which is more realistic that works for you

Question: oxiclean and dawn

Answer: Cleaning products are very advanced these days and should not be mixed. find the one or selection of products which is more realistic that works for you

Question: oxiclean and borax

Answer: Cleaning products are very advanced these days and should not be mixed. find the one or selection of products which is more realistic that works for you

Question: oxiclean and ink stains

Answer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY37bJdt-Os

Question: oxiclean and mold

Answer: Oxygen is a powerful mold and mildew killer. OxiClean disinfects surfaces by releasing oxygen ions

Question: oxiclean and ammonia

Answer: Ammonia should not be mixed with any chemical,

Question: oxiclean and silk

Answer: Do Not Use On Wool Or Silk

Question: oxiclean and blood

Answer: http://www.oxiclean.com/en/Stain-Solutions/How-to-remove-bloodstains-with-OxiClean#Clothes

Question: oxiclean and dogs

Answer: Its a “Oxygen Bleach”

Question: oxiclean and leather

Answer: it’s not safe for use on leather

Question: oxiclean and vinegar carpet cleaner

Answer:The mix can create some peracetic acid, which is strong bleaching and disinfecting results, but it’s also toxicly corrosive to human tissue

Question: oxiclean and vinegar laundry

Answer: The mix can create some peracetic acid, which is strong bleaching and disinfecting results, but it’s also toxicly corrosive to human tissue

Question: oxiclean vs zout

Answer: depends if its a spot or stain

Question: oxiclean vs vanish

Answer: when using oxiclean or vanish you first need to know if you are dealing with a spot or stain. spots can be removed, but stains will need a expert. a spot will be sticky.

Question: oxiclean and borax together

Answer: please dont mix products

Question: oxiclean and hydrogen peroxide

Answer: Please do not do this.

Question: which is better oxiclean or borax

Answer: They are about the same its really a personal choice. why not but both and have some fun with doing some tests with some old cloths and fresh stains

Question: which is better oxiclean or shout

Answer: A test done by ny times shout came out best.

Question: which is better oxiclean or resolve

Answer: In a test done by ny times shout came out as overall best stain remover.

Question: which is better oxiclean or clorox

Answer: both have advantages but check out sciencing.com for a full article

Question: which oxiclean is the best

Answer: In a test done by you best dig dot com OxiClean Clean Versatile Stain Remover came out top

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Question: which carpet cleaner is the best to rent

Answer: You have two types to choose from. The first is a push or pull machine (rug doctor) or you can get an alternative that looks like a old type vacuum cleaner with a hose and wand. Rug Doctors are normally available from large DIY and Supermarkets and the second from tool hire shops and dry cleaners. the big advantage with the second type is that they are smaller and will fit in a car boot no problem. rug doctors will fit but are heaver and larger.

Question: rug doctor vs bissell

Answer: Both rug doctor and bissell are great brands. ease of use and method are more important questions

Question: rug doctor vs commercial

Answer: How dirty are your carpets? if you are being proactive then rug doctor is fine, but if they look dirty then commercial is the way to go

Question: rug doctor vs home depot rental

Answer: All carpet cleaners will clean carpets its about picking the right machine and carpet cleaning method that matches the situation.

Question: rug doctor vs bissell pawsitively

Answer: they are both good carpet cleaning machines. if you are in any doubt about the performance of a carpet cleaner then it might be advisable to get a professional carpet cleaner in. One big problem is that adverts for these machine can look great but no two situations are they same so result do differ.

Question: rug doctor vs home carpet cleaner

Answer: Learning how to use different carpet cleaning methods with both the rug doctor and home carpet cleaner will improve results when you are dealing with a challenging situation.

Question: rug doctor vs karcher

Answer: Both are great, but ask them to deal with a heavily soiled carpet and you will need to go over, let dry, and repeat until the carpet is clean.

Question: rug doctor vs stanley steemer

Answer: No comparison, Stanley Steamer

Question: rug doctor versus bissell spot cleaner

Answer: with respect, The answer is in the question “spot cleaner”

Question: rug doctor vs bissell proheat 2x

Answer: Both are great carpet cleaners. its really down to how you use them. carpet cleaning is so much more than the machine. with lots to know. check out our wiki for more info on what you need to know before cleaning a carpet

Question: rug doctor vs vax

Answer: Both will clean your carpet well. what you need to ask is what your asking them to clean. high soil levels need professional carpet cleaning methods.

Question: rug doctor vs professional

Answer: When a carpet is really dirty and after the detergent has broken the dirt bind down the amount of water needed to flush the dirt away increases with soil levels. so if your using more water to flush you need more vacuum power to recover that dirty water. This is the difference between pro machines and rental.

Question: rug doctor vs professional carpet cleaner

Answer: If you are being proactive with your carpet cleaning then rug doctors are fine. But if your carpet looks dirty then a professional carpet cleaner will be a much better choice.

Question: rug doctor vs bissell steam cleaner

Answer: They both clean carpet very well. What it comes down to is the way you use these carpet cleaners and how easy are they to use. rug doctors are larger and might be on the heavy side, where bissells are much more like a vacuum cleaner in size. Letting your carpets get really dirty is never a great idea as these machine do have limits. but if you are being proactive then they are both great carpet cleaners

Question: rug doctor vs bissell rental reviews

Answer: They are both great what you need to judge is the level of soil in the carpet. both machines can handle dirty carpets, but leaving a carpet till it looks really dirty makes the job much harder for both carpet cleaners and may require a professional carpet cleaner.

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