Why clean your carpets and upholstery?
Just as clothes need regular cleaning, so too do carpets and upholstery such as sofas, chairs, mattresses and curtains. Cleaning will enhance the appearance of your carpets as well as extending their life.
Carpets act as a filter within the home environment, filtering air, collecting soil and bacteria which can have a detrimental effect to health, particularly for those suffering from asthma.
Having your carpets and fabrics professionally cleaned will remove trapped deep soils, stains and bacteria, creating a more hygienic environment. Not only this, but you will also extend the life of your carpets and upholstery. It is recommended to have carpets professionaly cleaned every 12-18 months.
How we clean.
There are a variety of methods available to the professional carpet cleaning technician; following an inspection this allows us to select the most appropriate method.
This is probably the most common and well known method – for good reason, it is often the most effective. However not all carpet take well to it, some can even shrink or be left with unwelcome odours.
If this method is used, you can expect a typical clean to look as follows:-
- A thorough vacuum, using a commercial vacuum to remove as much dry soil as possible. It is thought that this step alone can remove in the region of 70-80% of dried soil.
- An environmentally friendly and detergent free pre-spray is then applied to the carpet or upholstery.
- The pre-spray is then agitated into the fibres to ensure thorough and even distribution throughout, breaking the bond between soil and fibre and suspending the soil ready for extraction.
- A professional carpet extraction machine is then used, with a “wand”. These machines have pumps capable of 500psi, along with dual vacuums – very powerful! During this process, water under pressure is introduced to the carpet or fabric, while the powerful vacuums extract as much water, cleaning solution and soil as possible. A rinse solution is often added via this procedure that restores the carpet to a slightly acidic state, reducing the ability for the carpet to attract soil.
- Once the rinse process is complete, the carpet is groomed to assist in lifting the pile, which in turn assist in the drying process.
- Protection can be added at this point which helps to protect against oil and water based soiling, helping keep your carpets looking cleaner for longer.
- Using this method of cleaning, carpets are usually touch dry and able to be used within 4-6 hours and fully dry within 24 hours, depending on environmental conditions.
Low Moisture (LM) and Very Low Moisture (VLM)
Perhaps you need your carpets available in a quicker period of time, or perhaps the carpet construction (such as Belgian Wiltons) has a risk of shrinkage, these are the methods we would use. This is particularly useful in commercial settings such as offices, pubs, restaurants, hotels, B&Bs and nursing homes, reducing down time and risks of slips.
- A thorough vacuum of the area is completed, as in the water extraction method.
- An environmentally friendly and detergent free pre-spray is then applied to the carpet or upholstery. This will begin the process of “splitting” the soil from the fibre.
- A dry cleaning carpet powder is applied across the carpet.
- The carpet powder is brushed into the carpet fibres using a contra rotating brush machine (CRB) – the powder acts as a natural sponge, to absorb the soil laden moisture and suspend it ready for extraction.
- Once fully brushed and allowed the dry (usually 20-30 minutes), the whole area is vacuumed again using a commercial vacuum to remove the powder and granuals.
- The carpet is now clean and dry, allowing immediate use.
Our services include
- Deep cleans
- Maintenance cleans
- Carpet and fabric protection
- Spot & stain treatment
- End of tenancy cleans – we can ensure that all carpets and soft furnishings are thoroughly cleaning and refreshed. Beneficial for both landlords, letting agents and tenants.