4 STEPS TO A FRESH, CLEAN, HEALTHY CARPET
If you’re thinking about having your carpets cleaned, we encourage you to follow these four steps:
STEP No1: Make a commitment to yourself to get your carpets cleaned. The longer they remain dirty, the sooner they’ll wear out. Plus the longer you have to breathe all the pollens, fungus and chemicals that hide in your carpet.
STEP No2: List your objectives. Do you want only the dirt removed, something you could do with a rented shampooer, or do you want all the bacteria, fungus etc. removed which will require a hot water cleaner, as we use. Do you want to work with an honest, reputable company – or are you willing to risk working with the company that offers the lowest price – knowing the company might not be in business tomorrow.
STEP No.3: Ask questions. The way you learn about a company is to ask specific questions and listen carefully to the answers. Here are eight tough questions to ask a carpet cleaner before he begins to clean your carpet:
1.What method of carpet cleaning do you recommend?
2. What type of equipment do you use to clean carpets?
3. What will your equipment remove from my carpet?
4. How often should I get my carpets cleaned?
5. What training have you had in cleaning carpets?
6. Are you a member of the NCCA?,
7.Are you certified by the NCCA and will you show me your certification certificates.
8. Are all your cleaning technicians certified by the IICRC and can I see their certificates? (Or even better do you have city & guides in cleaning science)
STEP No4: Once you’re satisfied that you’re working with an honest, competent professional, invite him into your home and ask for a specific quotation in writing. A written quotation gives you the assurance that you know exactly what your job will cost – no surprises.
By following these four steps, you’ll gain all the information you need to make an informed, intelligent decision. If you want a quick, cheap carpet cleaning job, many companies in the phone book can help you. Or you can rent a shampooer from the grocery store and do the job yourself.
But if you want your carpeting to be completely and healthily cleaned – removing the bacteria, fungus, chemicals, pollens, tobacco products – then we invite you to call us. We’ll be happy to answer your questions – discuss with you any carpet and upholstery cleaning requirements you may have – or come into your home and give you a free written quotation – without obligation of any kind.
DO YOU WANT A CLEAN, HEALTHY CARPET?
Which is more important to you: a clean carpet – or a clean and healthy carpet? Yes, I assure you there is a big difference. Each carpet cleaning method has advantages and disadvantages. Some methods will get out only the dirt. Other methods will get out dirt and grease. Still others will get out virtually everything. And, to be sure, some are more expensive than others.
If all you want is a cheap, rinse-the-dirt-off-the-top cleaning – which you might find for around £9.95 per room – then I respectfully ask that you call another company. But if you want to protect your health – if you want to protect your investment in carpeting – if you want to protect your family from the countless bacteria, fungus, pollens and dust mites that reside in your carpet, then you’re invited to call me.
The Truck-Mount hot water unit we use is the most effective cleaning system available today. Likewise, it’s one of the most expensive units on the market. But we bought this unit for a good reason: More and more families want the good-health benefits that come from having a fresh, clean carpet. Have you ever seen how dirty a little boy’s trousers get when he plays outdoors? If you have, then you know you can brush off his trousers and make him think they’re clean. The same is true for your carpet.
You can hire someone for £9.95-£35 who will brush off your carpeting and make you think its clean. Or, if you want the job done right I’ll wash your carpets with hot water and detergent using my state of the art cleaning machine and you’ll KNOW they’re clean.
So if you want a thoroughly clean carpet – if you’re willing to invest in your families good health – you’re invited to call us. You’ll receive a written estimate, at no cost or obligation, and if you give us the go-ahead, you’re further protected with our
100% NO-RISK GUARANTEE
We want you to be super pleased – in fact, absolutely delighted – with every carpet and upholstery job we do. So every job comes with our iron-clad, risk free guarantee. What does this mean? Simply this: if you aren’t pleased, you pay nothing. NOT ONE PENNY. Many companies don’t guarantee their work – but we feel nothing is more important than your complete satisfaction. We stand behind every job 100%. If you ever have any questions or concerns about any of our technicians work, please call me right away.
No question, your carpet cleaner needs first rate equipment. But he also needs something else. He needs the skilled at operating that equipment. Many companies own hot water extractors, but very few companies learn how to use them properly. The best way to know that the carpet cleaner is trained is to make sure the cleaner has been certified by City & Guilds In Cleaning Science. This is the same level of education that any building tradesman would have.
In my view, every carpet cleaning company should be fully accountable for its work. And if you aren’t pleased with the job in every way, you shouldn’t have to pay for it. Period. Not all carpet cleaners offer a guarantee. Or, if they do, the guarantee may be “limited.” Ask the carpet cleaner if he offers a money back guarantee.
Any carpet cleaner can say anything about his past jobs. And, sadly, some of what he says may not be true. Make sure you ask for references or read comments from current customers so you can depend on the carpet cleaner and his work. or even better what we do is show you images of our past work.
City and guilds in cleaning science is the same level of education that any builder might have so you can be sure your dealing with a professional. Many certifications are no more than one day courses with multiple choice questions at the end of the day.
Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
When selecting a carpet cleaner, you have to choose from a wide variety of cleaning methods and price points.
All major carpet manufacturers either require or highly recommend hot water extraction by certified technicians, and this why Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, recommends hot water extraction.
Here’s why: Hoe water extraction cleans much better than other methods
(1) It heats the water to a higher temperature for better effective cleaning.
(2) It shoots the cleaning solution into your carpet at higher pressures, which breaks up the dirt, bacteria, chemicals and pollens.
(3) The machine uses stronger suction to draw the dirt, chemicals, bacteria, pollens and tobacco smoke residue out of your carpet.
Not surprisingly, it costs more to have your carpets cleaned thoroughly by professional certified technician that uses how water extraction, and it certainly costs more than renting a rug doctor. Believe it or not some so called “pros” actually use these same machines!
There are times when a rug doctor might be all you need when emergency cleaning arise, and it will get some of the dirt, but the key word here is “some” It is simply not powerful enough to pull out the pollens, chemicals, bacteria, dust mites, and pollution residues, and their tiny vacuum motors are notorious for leaving behind a lot of residue which causes your carpet o RE – SOIL VERY QUICKLY.
On the other hand, if you want your carpets to look good and last for years, then you need to have it cleaned by qualified professional technician at least every six months to one year. Depending on the amount of soiling and traffic you have in your home. And to maintain a HEATHLY HOME, you need to have it cleaned and sanitised thoroughly as only a powerful hot water extraction machine can do.
6 COSTLY MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CARPET CLEANING
HOW TO AVOID 4 CARPET CLEANING RIP OFFS
To some degree, all of us are attracted by low price because we want to work within a budget. But some carpet cleaners use price as the bait for their false and misleading advertising. They offer a cheap price–usually between £3.95 and £9.95 per room–and then, once they’re in your home, they pressure you into buying “add-ons.” It’s as if you were buying a car and found that the dealer was charging you extra for the tires and steering wheel. Carpet cleaning is not as cheap as some unethical carpet cleaners would like you to believe.
Dual process carpet cleaning describes the process of shampooing or heavy preconditioning, followed with hot water extraction cleaning. Unfortunately, unethical carpet cleaners often use dual process as a bait-and-switch technique. Here’s how it’s done: first, they “bait” you with a basic cleaning (single process) at an unbelievably low price. Then, when you call, they try to “switch” you to more expensive dual-process cleaning. If you don’t fall for their switch and choose their basic service, you’ll likely receive poor workmanship with no guarantees.
You’ll read this in almost every ad. You’ll hear this from virtually every carpet cleaner. Remember this: the method that’s best for you is the method that achieves your goal. If you want a method that dries quickly, then a method that takes a long time to dry isn’t the best for you. So before you choose a carpet cleaner, identify your objectives. Then select the method that best reaches those objectives.
Years ago, many people believed this was true because their carpets were damaged by “technicians” who didn’t know how to properly clean using hot water. But today, we know it’s false. By washing and then rinsing your carpet with hot water, your carpet is thoroughly cleaned–in the same way that the person who
showers and then rinses off the dirt and soap will be much cleaner than the person who takes only a sponge bath. Obviously, each carpet cleaner will be biased towards his own method. And each method does have advantages. So I suggest you look to what carpet manufacturers say. Shaw Industries, the largest carpet manufacturer in the world, recommends only hot water extraction cleaning.
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