Choosing a Carpet Cleaning Service

by Brice Particelli

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Eventually everyone is in need of a professional carpet cleaning service. Even if you stain guard your carpet after installation, regularly vacuum and remove spots as they appear, your carpet will need an annual deep clean. While you can steam clean yourself, it can be an arduous task and, more importantly, it can be ineffective and even unsafe if done improperly. So with the regularity offered to window washing and gutter cleaning, it is always a good idea to call in a professional cleaning service to deep clean your carpets.

Dangers of a Bad Steam Clean
When hiring a carpet cleaning service, or deciding whether you should do it yourself, it is always good to know the downside. This can include ruined padding or flooring, mold problems, and stained carpets. Proper drying is tricky, and professional carpet cleaning companies use industrial fans to dry carpets. These can be expensive to rent if you are doing it yourself. If you do not have access to this kind of equipment, be sure you have a good alternative or you will end up with mold problems that far exceed stained and dirty carpets. Mold and damage aside, the real danger in steam cleaning yourself, or hiring a sub-par company, is that some of the chemicals used in steam cleaning are hazardous to your lungs, can irritate skin and cause asthmatic reactions. Carpet cleaning service professionals wear masks, gloves, and, when using particular chemical products, ask residents to stay out of the house that night. This means that if you choose to do it yourself, do your research with extreme care.

Choosing a Carpet Cleaning Professional
More often than not it is the right move to hire a professional. A carpet cleaning company should be able to readily tell you what chemicals they use and what the dangers and benefits are of each. Do not choose a company that quotes you over the phone, or by the room rather than square foot, rather than coming to give you an estimate after inspecting your home. Different methods and chemicals should be used for different problems. Similarly, be wary of companies that solicit by canvassing your neighborhood. Like anything else, it is important to obtain recommendations rather than call the first name you see in the phone book, but if you do not have such recommendations, always ask for references. This can save you a lot of pain and headache in the long run. Finally, in pricing, be sure to ask whether the service includes moving your furniture for you.

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For many reasons, a professional carpet cleaning company is a good investment. A deep clean lengthens the life of your carpets, makes your home healthier, and keeps you from taking on a task that is often more involved than most do it yourself projects. While regular vacuuming and cleaning will work for day to day and week to week home cleaning, it is a good idea to schedule a regular professional cleaning. Many people do this once a year, in the spring, summer or fall when windows and doors can be opened do help the drying process. If you do this, you will find that you extend the life of your carpet and make your home a more enjoyable, beautiful place.

Brice Particelli, formerly a carpenter in Colorado and Kentucky, manages continuing education programs for Columbia University and is a freelance writer for both the home improvement and travel industries.