Carpet Cleaning Questions Dunkirk Maryland

There are many questions that you may have regarding professional carpet cleaning. Here we have answered the most frequently asked carpet cleaning questions. We hope that you will find this useful in preparing for your carpet cleaning appointment. If you have a carpet cleaning question that is not here, please feel free to call our office at 301-855-3573.

carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandHow much will it cost?

Obviously, price is a major consideration for most people. If it is your only basis of comparison of different cleaners, you may be doing yourself a major disservice. All carpet cleaners are NOT alike. It is important to understand what is and is not included in the cleaning service being offered, the type of cleaning method, the type of equipment being used, and the training level and experience of the person actually doing the cleaning. If you only compare the cost, it might be like comparing the cost of a Mercedes with the cost of a Yugo. Both are cars, but they are very, very different. In carpet cleaning, as in many areas, you usually get exactly what you pay for. The lowest bid often represent the lowest quality of service.

carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandWhy should I have my carpets cleaned?

There are many reasons to have your carpet and upholstery cleaned:

Health- Carpeting and fabrics not cleaned and properly maintained have the potential to cause a variety of health problems inside the home or work place.

Life of your carpet– can be greatly extended by simple routine professional cleaning.

Appearance- maintain the original look and luster of your carpet with regularly scheduled cleanings.

carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandHow often should I have my carpets cleaned?

The following chart from: U.S. EPA, January, 1989

Environment
Normal
Contaminated
Outside Dusty
Extremely
Cold Weather Climates
High
Humidity Biogenic
Day
Care Center
2
weeks
1
week
2
weeks
1
week
Nursing
Homes
1
month
1
month
1
month
1
week
Residence:
2
persons, nonsmoking
6-12
months
2
months
4-6
months
4-6
months
2
persons, w/ smoking
4
months
2
months
3
months
4
months
young
children
6
months
1
month
3
months

3 months
young
children w/ pets
3-6
months
1
month
2
months
2
months
Office
Building:
       
ground
floor
3-6
months
1-4
months
2-6
months
2-6
months
higher
floors
6-12
months
2-6
months
3-9
months
3-9
months
Food
Service Establishments
1
month
1
week
2
weeks
2
weeks

Commercial

(retail shops, banks)

3-6
months
1
month
2
months
2
months

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandHow often should I have my furniture cleaned?

The EPA currently has issued no guidelines on the recommended cleaning frequency for upholstery. Until such a guideline has been issued , IES recommends that you have your upholstery cleaned every other time your carpet is cleaned. Example: if your carpets get cleaned every six months, your upholstery should be cleaned once a year.

Which method of carpet cleaning is best?

The best method for cleaning a particular carpet is dependent on a range of factors. All carpet cleaning methods offer various advantages, but also have some limitations. No single method is superior to all others. Properly performed under appropriate conditions, each method can provide satisfactory results. Your IES technicians are skilled in all carpet cleaning methods. We provide truckmounted “steam” cleaning and low moisture carpet cleaning methods. Rest assured, your carpet will be cleaned with the appropriate method for maximum effectiveness.

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandDo you use truck mounted steam cleaning equipment?

Yes, our steam cleaning units are truckmounts. The only thing that comes into your home is a couple of hoses. All of the contaminants are exhausted outside of your home.

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandShould I vacuum before the carpet cleaner arrives?

Yes, vacuuming is essential to the longevity of your carpet. You should vacuum your carpet as often as possible. Vacuuming is part of the service we provide.

Carpet cleaning questionsDo you move furniture?

Generally there is no soiling under larger pieces of furniture that do not get rearranged. Upon request we will move an replace them (ie. Sofa, Loveseat, Chairs). We do remove smaller pieces of furniture such as end tables, coffee tables, floor lamps, etc…). *We will not move musical instruments, grandfather clocks, most beds, full china hutches, full bookshelves, entertainment centers, computer desks, pool tables…our technicians reserve the right not to move any piece of furniture or household object that they do not feel comfortable with.

Carpet cleaning questionsShould I move anything?

Yes, you should remove from the areas being cleaned, all nick knack and breakables. If you want bookshelves, etc. moved you must remove all contents first. Please read the Pre-Cleaning Instructions

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandHow long will it take for my carpet or furniture to
dry?

Our dry times typically range from 1 – 4 hours. Dry times can be affected by many factors including weather, humidity, and airflow.

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandHow long before I can walk on my carpet?

You can walk on your carpet immediately but it is recommended that you limit traffic until completely dry. Please read the Post Cleaning Instructions

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandAre the products you use safe?

Yes, we use the #1 line of cleaning products in the world. This allows us to guarantee the highest quality job available at any price! Our products are: nontoxic, safe for pets & children, biodegradable, and phosphate free.

Carpet Cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandAre your technicians experienced?

Yes, our technicians attend courses, seminars, and schools across the country to keep current on the latest in cleaning technologies. Certified by the IICRC.

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandWill your services help my allergies?

Yes, having your carpet and furniture cleaned removes pollutants and makes for a more friendly breathing environment.

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandWill you remove all my stains?

Let me start by defining the difference between a spot and a stain: a spot– is any foreign material (soil, liquid, etc.) that is removable by standard cleaning methods.(The foreign material is on or around the carpet fiber) A stain– is foreign material (soil, liquid, etc.) on carpet that is not usually removable by standard cleaning methods. (The foreign material has penetrated ‘soaked into’ fiber and has changed or damaged the fiber itself) Some stains may be very difficult or impossible to remove.

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandDoes cleaning your carpet make it wear out faster?

No, actually dirt acts as an abrasive when trapped in your carpet or fabrics and should be removed to reduce wear.

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandDoes your process restore the original feel of my carpet?

Yes, our process leaves your carpet fresh, clean, residue free and soft to the touch.

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandShould I have a fabric protector applied after cleaning?

Yes, most carpet manufacturers recommend that you reapply protector after professional cleaning to restore the original stain resistance. Some manufacturers even require it as part of the warranty on the carpet.

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandMy carpet is really old, should I replace it?

With the cost of replacing carpet being as expensive as it is today, it is always best to try having the carpet professionally cleaned first. It is far less costly and may make a world of difference.

Carpet cleaning questions Dunkirk MarylandWhich provides better indoor air quality: hardwood, or carpet?

Carpet actually acts like a ‘filter’ trapping pollutants which are then removed by professional carpet cleaning. As long as a regular cleaning schedule is maintained, carpet provides much better indoor air quality than hardwood.