Why Professional Cleaning is Necessary for Your Carpets and Soft Furnishings
Just as our clothes need regular cleaning to keep them fresh and hygienic, carpets and upholstered furniture need to be maintained in the same way. Regular professional cleaning ensures the removal of soiling, along with any potentially harmful bacteria, in a safe and practical way.
Vacuuming Alone is Not Enough
Carpets act as a filter in the home and collects all sorts of dust, grit and soil. The visible grime we notice on the surface is only the tip of the iceberg, with up to 85 per cent buried deep within the pile. Regular vacuuming is a necessity to keep your carpets and coverings clean, but does not remove those deep-down soils that attach themselves to the fibres. When you consider that a carpet can eventually trap its own weight or more in soil, regular professional cleaning makes sense.
So, What Are the Benefits of Professional Cleaning?
Increased Life Expectancy
Soil and dirt can be major causes of reduced carpet and fabric life, as they enable harmful and destructive bacteria to go unnoticed. Most domestic vacuum cleaners, shampooers and steamers, even the more powerful ones, haven’t got what it takes to get rid of that deep-down dirt. Professional cleaning will release those problematic soils and assist in maintaining the original look and lustre of your soft furnishings.
Improved Appearance and Smell
Professional cleaning can ensure removal of most stubborn stains and marks, and even the oldest of carpets and upholstered furniture can look great again. Furthermore, most odours can be removed during the cleaning process, leaving you with fresh and clean-smelling soft furnishings.
Avoids Replacement Costs
If you got mud on your shoes, would you look to clean them or buy brand new ones?
Cleaning costs are minimal when you consider the replacement cost of carpets and furnishings. Most quality carpets and upholstery have excellent wear properties, which means if you maintain them well, they will last years. Regular professional cleaning makes economic sense.
Avoids D-I-Y Disasters!
While D-I-Y cleaning products may cost less, it is very easy to damage carpet and upholstery if you don’t know what you’re doing. These methods are never as effective as professional cleaning, and can be detrimental to your soft furnishings and even your health if not carried out properly.
How to Ensure You’re Using a Professional Cleaning Company
There are a number of things to check when employing a cleaning company.
Ask For Evidence of Training
A trained carpet cleaning technician will have the required skills to carry out the cleaning properly and safely, and will be able to advise on the most appropriate method, or combination of methods, for your situation. Don’t be afraid to ask for evidence of a tradeperson’s training. If they are a professional, it won’t be a problem.
Ask to See Their Insurance
All professional cleaning companies should have adequate insurance to cover them in the event of a problem or accident. A Public Liability insurance policy is required, which is standard for companies offering services to the public.If their insurance policy is “Third Party only” then whatever they are cleaning isn’t covered. Is it worth the risk?
Check Out Their Reviews
Look for plenty of reviews given over months or years, not all in a few weeks, and including some recent ones. These should preferably be on a consumer confidence site such as Trading Standards, the Government approved TrustMark consumer protection website or, of course, the National Carpet Cleaners Association site, Trusted Local Cleaners.
Time for a clean?
While your soft furnishings may not require the regular cleaning that some other household items demand, you should consider professional cleaning at least once in every two year period, even if you vacuum regularly.
Professional cleaning will not only help to retain the appearance of your flooring, it will also extend its life and contribute to better air quality, reducing allergies and illness.