Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Carpet Enhances Your Home ( Information provided by The Carpet and Rug Institute )
Provides Warmth and Comfort
Carpet provides actual thermal resistance, or R-value. In colder climates or seasons, it retains warm air longer, an energy conversation benefit. Carpet also provides a comfortable place to sit, play or work and gives a room an overall warmer feeling.
Adds Beauty and Style
You can choose from many thousands of carpet styles and colors. That means your ultimate choice will reflect how you want to personalize you living space. Carpet can be a neutral foundation, or it can be a focal point with vibrant colors and stronger bolder patterns and textures.
New carpet is the lowest VOC-emitting flooring choice available. It actually acts as a passive air filter, trapping dust, pollen and other
particles and removing them from the breathing zone.Studies have shown that people with asthma and allergy problems have seen
symptoms improve with carpet.
Softens Slips and Falls
Carpet is ideal for cushioning our footsteps, reducing slips and falls and minimizing injuries when falls do occur. Carpet provides
safety protection for the whole family, but especially for toddlers and older individuals
Big screen TVs, speaker phones, computers and modern sound systems make our homes noisy places. Carpet helps absorb
these sounds. Adding a cushion pad beneath your carpet reduces noise even further. Carpet also works as a sound barrier between
floors by helping to block sound transmission to rooms below. And carpet on stairs helps mask the sound of constant foot traffic.
Four Steps For Proper Carpet Care
Carpet cleaning is just like exercise! If you get into a routine and keep it up, you will see great results and feel better for it. Products
that rate highly on CRI's Seal of Approval (SOA) program are your assurance that you will clean correctly the first time (more on the
SOA program below). Here are four simple steps to keep your carpet clean and looking great:
1. Vacuum high traffic areas daily, and everywhere according to a vacuuming schedule, using an SOA/Green Label-approved
2. Clean spots and spills quickly with products that do not damage the carpet or cause it to resoil quicker.
3. Professionally deep clean your carpets every 6 to 12 months to remove embedded dirt and grime
4. Stop dirt at the door by using mats outside and in, taking your shoes off when you enter the house and changing your air filters to
reduce airborne dust particles.
For more great tips, order your copy of CRI's booklet. Carpet Cleaning Tips for Dummies
Clearing The Air
Although we might not normally associate carpet with improved indoor air quality, it does have a very positive effect. Gravity causes
common household particles, such as dust, pollen and pet and insect dander, to fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles,
removing them from the breathing zone and reducing their circulation in the air. Proper cleaning with CRI-approved vacuums
effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps keep them out of the air we breathe.
Asthma and Allergies
A misperception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Actually, the opposite is true. Studies
have shown that properly cleaned carpet helps reduce symptoms and is the best flooring choice for those dealing with asthma and
The Facts about Carpet Cleaning and Maintenance
It's a simple idea: Take care of your carpet and it will take care of you. Not only does it look great and offer health and safety benefits, properly maintained carpet offers a host of savings opportunities. Research proves that over time, no other flooring option offers you as much chance to clean up.
What You Should Know
Carpet is cost effective. In fact, it can be 65% less expensive to maintain than hard surface flooring. While buying and installing hard surface flooring appears less expensive than carpet in the short run, the true cost of labor, supplies, and equipment over an average 22-year lifespan makes carpet a more cost-effective choice.
Hard surface floors require 2 1/2 times more cleaning than carpet annually, increasing maintenance time and impacting limited human resources. Hard surface cleaning supplies are also nearly seven times more expensive than carpet cleaning supplies
Ask Good Questions
There are a number of questions to ask when hiring a cleaning professional:
* " How long have you been in business? " The answer can speak volumes about a company's reputation and experience.
A quick Google search for customer reviews can also tell you a lot about the company.
* " Do you vacuum before deep cleaning the carpet? " The answer should be yes. Vacuuming before deep cleaning is critical
and makes a difference in the end result.
* " How is your pricing structured? " Pricing should be based on the area cleaned, not by the number of rooms. Make sure to
measure your area before you get on the phone. Room sizes vary, so be careful of any company that quotes price by the
* " How much will it cost? " When you're on the phone, get an estimate that you're comfortable with - before the cleaner comes
to your house.
* " Do you move the furniture or should I have it moved before you arrive? If you move the furniture, do you charge extra? "
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