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6 Costly Misconceptions About Carpet CleaningBy: Kevin Thompson
The Nations Black Mold Solutions Expert
Choosing a carpet cleaner isnít easy.
Why? Because youíre bombarded with misleading advertising, confusing claims, and simply bad information.
From super-low prices and high-pressure sales--to unqualified technicians and near worthless methods--how do you ever find a qualified, competent, professional carpet cleaner?
You start by reading this article.
It will show you how to save thousands of dollars and get the longest life from your carpeting investment as well.
So let's get started!
MISCONCEPTION #1: You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpetNo. Dirt is an abrasive--like sandpaper. Every time you step on your carpet, you grind dirt into the carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet, just as if you had used a knife. This cutting causes your carpet to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last as long as a clean carpet. And while vacuuming helps--by itself, it is simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out.
MISCONCEPTION #2: The only reason to clean carpets is to remove the dirtNo. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, and car exhaust--and hundreds of other chemicals. When you come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria, and chemicals in your hair and on your skin, clothing, and shoes. Not surprisingly, all those chemicals and toxins wind up in your carpet.
If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems--one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, smoke, and chemicals in your carpet.
MISCONCEPTION #3: One method of carpet cleaning is as good as anotherNo. The dry cleaning methods--which are dry foam, dry chemical and dry compound, donít rinse your carpet in any way. Instead, they leave a dirty residue. You might say they clean your carpet only half way. The most effective cleaning method is hot water extraction.
Hot water extraction means a hot water cleaning solution, under high pressure, is forced into your carpet and then drawn back out of your carpet. This allows the dirt, bacteria, and pollens to be broken up and extracted from your carpet. Shaw Industries, the worldís largest carpet manufacturer, requires hot water extraction as the primary method of cleaning carpets.
Some people believe that hot water damages your carpet, but this isnít true. By washing and then rinsing your carpet with hot water, your carpet is thoroughly cleaned.
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