4 Important Points to Look for while Hiring Carpet Cleaning Services
Carpet cleaning is a big task. Since it’s made of tiny fibers, a carpet catches a lot of dirt and dust in it, and because our kids and pets tend to be in close contact with the carpets due to their low height, we should be especially careful about keeping the carpets clean. However, even if we are DIY experts, we cannot match the professionals regarding the professional tools they have and their experience. So, it’s better to call professionals for the job. But which professional should we choose? Here are some tips.
1. Training and Certifications
It’s important that the technicians that will come for carpet cleaning are well-trained and certified. Check if they are trained and certified by reputable institutes and programs like Canadian Green Sustainability Program (CSSA-CGSP), Institute of Inspection Restoration and Cleaning (IICRC) as well as leading safety programs in the industry.
2. Experience and Reviews
Not just the education and certification are important, but the technicians should have a great field experience, because only then they can understand your particular needs. You should also find out what their previous clients have to say about their services. Ideally you should find someone like Alberta Carpet Cleaning Calgary who have been chosen as the Consumer’s Choice carpet cleaning service in Calgary since 2003 and also the Calgary Herald Reader’s Choice since 2012!
3. Cleaning Methods
There are 5 main methods defined by IICRC for carpet cleaning:
i) Dry Soil Removal
Complete vacuuming to remove all the dry soil particles from the fibers of the carpets.
ii) Soil Suspension
For loosening soil particles from carpet fibers, proper pre-treatment cleaning agent should be applied. This is categorized into 4 types:
- Applying chemicals
- Using heat to accelerate chemical reactions
- Agitation of carpet fibers to help distribution of chemicals
- Give the time to let chemical reaction complete
iii) Soil Extraction
Hot water extraction or steam cleaning is the most common technique for removing soil from carpets.
This is to be done for avoiding matting of carpet and distributing cleaning agents.
Carpet should not take more than 24 hours to dry if the conditions of temperature and humidity are normal. To speed up the drying process, air movers and ceiling fans can be used. Ideally, carpets should dry out within 6 to 8 hours.
4. Additional Services
Ask if they will do additional jobs in the same price, like moving furniture, cleaning high-traffic areas, cleaning stairs etc. or will you have to pay extra for these.
Considering these points, you can find the best carpet cleaning services and get the job done to your satisfaction.