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Considering new carpet? Maybe you don’t need to. Your carpeting over time becomes dull due to constant foot traffic and caked dirt tracked in from the outside. A simple carpet cleaning treats and conditions your flooring, which not only brings out the original color of the fibers but helps rejuvenate the carpet. Having your carpet cleaned and restored is far less expensive and time-consuming than new carpet. If you’ve never had your carpets professionally cleaned before, here is what to expect during a carpet cleaning.
Move Fragile Items Ahead of Time
If you have fragile items on display around the cleaning areas, it is a good idea to move these out of the way and into a safe location prior to the cleaning. When the carpet cleaning team arrives, these individuals will move your furniture and other items out of the way in order to clean all of your carpeting. Due to this, it is always best to move easily breakable items ahead of time to keep everything safe.
Ask About Furniture Moving
Depending on the carpet cleaning service you decide to go with, some providers move your furniture (or at the very least lift the furniture in order to access the area underneath). However, there are some companies that will not move furniture at all and simply clean around the objects. It is best to ask about what the furniture requirements are and if you need to go about moving your furniture ahead of time. While you’re at it, you may also want to ask about vacuuming. Most service providers vacuum the floor prior to cleaning the carpet, although there are some that do require you to do this.
How is the Carpet Cleaned?
The exact method for cleaning the carpet will vary depending on the stain and the severity of the carpet. Typically a hot water extraction is used, which steams the carpet in order to soften up dirt and make it easier to remove stains and grime. Used along with a special cleaning solution designed specifically for carpets, the fibers receive a deep, thorough cleaning that lifts dirt and allergens. The process also removes most of the moisture from the carpet as well.
How Long Does it Take?
This depends on the size of the room, but typically it takes around 20 minutes per room. If the carpet is especially soiled and needs special spot treatment it will take longer. Following the carpet cleaning, it will then take time for the carpet to completely dry. The drying time depends on the ambient temperature, humidity, and airflow inside the room. Generally, it will take anywhere from 8 to 24 hours to dry completely.
Carpet Protector and Deodorizer
Applying a carpet protector can help extend the life of the carpet and help it resist stains. This is highly recommended for all carpeting, but especially high-traffic areas and homes with pets and children. The carpet protector is applied to the carpet following the cleaning and can be used both on carpeting and on upholstery.
A deodorizer can be used in order to absorb and remove odor molecules that cling to the carpet fibers. This is especially beneficial for bodily fluids, pet stains, cigarette smoke and other hard to remove odors stuck in the carpet.
Cleaning your carpet professionally not only restores the original look of the carpet, but it removes allergens, dust, pet dander, and stains. If you’re interested in a professional carpet cleaning, have questions about services or are ready to book your next cleaning, feel free to reach out and contact the professionals at American Carpet Clean today!