Protecting Your Investment
Carpet is a tremendous value, but it is still
one of largest purchases you will make for your home or business.
How can you best protect this investment?
The durability and soil hiding characteristics
of today’s carpet can disguise the need for maintenance. Proper
maintenance of carpet can enhance the beauty and extend the
useful life of carpet and protect your investment. Clean carpet
contributes not only to the overall aesthetics of a home or
business, but it plays a significant role in the healthful
state of the indoor environment in which people work, live
and spend a majority of their time.
The Institute of inspection, Cleaning and Restoration
Certification (IICRC), the certification body for the professional
carpet and upholstery cleaning and restoration industry, offers
the following steps for proper carpet maintenance:
Controlling Soil – Most abrasive particulate
soil accumulates initially within the first few feet of major
entries to homes and commercial buildings. Once inside, this
soil takes its toll on carpet fibers and on the general appearance
of the structure.
Entry mats that collect or absorb soil and
moisture should be placed adjacent to carpeted areas in entries
of homes and businesses and if possible, not on the top of
the carpet. They must be maintained by periodic vacuuming,
shaking, and cleaning.
Vacuuming Carpet – Routine vacuuming
with properly maintained, quality equipment is the single
most important step a home or business owner/manager can take
to extend the life and appearance of carpet.
Immediate Spotting – Most spots can
be removed easily if the excess is lifted or blotted and the
area is treated immediately by carpet owners with plain water
or with spotters containing mild(pH range of 5-9), dilute
cleaners that do not leave residue. If ignored, those spots
may bond with fiber dye sites, forming permanent stains.
Cleaning – Installed residential carpet exposed
to routine use should be programmed for cleaning at least
annually. Carpet that is subject to extreme soiling or heavy
use, particularly high traffic areas, or carpet installed
in homes occupied by persons with allergy or respiratory problems
requires greater cleaning efficiency. Carpet in low traffic
areas, such as formal living and dining rooms, need less frequent
cleaning. Commercial cleaning recommendations should be based
on individual needs.
One of the most critical, though often neglected,
responsibilities of carpet owners involves routine maintenance.
The useful life and appearance of carpet are affected substantially
by the type, quality, and frequency of maintenance procedures.
Carpet that is properly cared for will provide many years
of beauty and service. Following the IICRC recommended four
steps of carpet maintenance will protect your carpet investment.
To set up an appointment or estimate with one
of our technicians simply call (832)
Getting Ready For The Big Day!
Please remove any knick-knacks and breakable
items from any furniture you would like moved and cleaned
under. Also, remove any furniture that may require special
care(i.e., weak legs, fragile). Heavily loaded pieces such
as china cabinets, bookshelves, and home entertainment systems
cannot be moved unless they are completely empty. However,
we do have special edging tools that allow us to clean right
up next to the item without you removing the contents. Normally,
we do not move heavy appliances such as stoves, refrigerators,
washers, dryers, etc. However, once again we can edge right
up to them and if you remove the front "kick plate"
we will be happy to clean some distance under them. For your
pet’s peace of mind (and ours!) please keep them in a safe
place where our cleaning will not disturb them. If possible,
please have an electrical outlet available for us to use.
Special "After Care" Information
For your children’s and pet’s safety, please
do not let them crawl or lay on the carpet until it is completely