Q: How long does the carpet cleaning process take?
A: We are able to clean approximately 200 square feet per hour in a home. This can vary slightly depending upon the amount of soil, how much furniture needs to be moved, speciality spotting procedures, and setup time. We will let you know exactly what to expect when we visit you to survey your furnishings.
Q: How soon can I walk on the carpet?
A: You are able to use your carpets as soon as we have left as most are dry within 1-4 hours. If we have placed foil tabs or foam blocks under your furniture to protect it we do ask if you could leave them in place for a day & any rugs you may have can be put back in place after 24 hours.
Q: Do you move furniture?
A: We certainly do! I work as a 2 person team so we are usually able to safely move exactly what you would like us to. All we ask prior to our arrival is (if you are able) for yourselves to move any light furniture, magazine racks, floor ornaments & breakable items from the areas to be cleaned. We do not however unplug television, hi-fi or computer systems & will only move these items if it is safe to do so.
Q: What about reoccurring spots?
A: Whilst every effort is made to attempt removal of all spots & stains we cannot guarantee to remove ALL as some simply will not come out.
We have always offered a FREE 7 day “touch up” for that “Just In Case” piece of mind after we have cleaned for you, so if a spot does reappear just call
Q: Can you fix indentations from heavy furniture?
A: No guarantee can be made on removing indentations from heavy furniture. In addition to the pile of the carpet being crushed, the backing of the carpet is indented. Heat, moisture, and hand grooming with our equipment may help, but it will take time to release back to normal, if at all. Severe cases may be permanent.
Q: How often should a carpet be cleaned?
A: No doubt this question has surfaced at one time or another during the years you’ve owned carpeting. The frequency of cleaning will vary from one household to another depending upon the number of occupants and level of usage. At a minimum, you should clean once a year.
I have had some home owners express their fear that once the carpet is cleaned, it will re-soil quicker. This fear is the result of improper cleaning by other cleaning companies. Many of these companies, in an effort to cut costs and save time, buy the cheapest cleaning solutions, don’t provide the proper training for their technicians, and do not offer a separate rinse step in order to remove detergent residues. If detergent is left in the carpet, accelerated re-soiling will occur.
Advanced Carpet Care uses a more thorough method of cleaning that uses a rinse step after the pre-spray process. This method removes deep down soil and leaves no detergent to accelerate the re-soiling process. The fact is, the best thing you can do for your carpets is have them regularly cleaned by a qualified professional carpet cleaning company. It is the buildup of soil that promotes wear to your carpet, far more than the foot traffic that travels on the surface of the carpet. Foot traffic grinds the soil against the carpet fibers and causes a sand-paper effect. This causes the fibres to dull and become worn looking.
Major carpet manufacturers such as Dupont and Shaw Industries recommend that you have your carpets cleaned every 6-18 months, and with most of today’s carpet, in order to satisfy the warranty
requirements, you must save receipts from your cleanings. There are other considerations that can increase the frequency of cleanings, such as smoking habits, number and ages of children, soiling conditions, humidity, health status of occupants, allergy conditions, and number and types of pets just to name a few.
Heavily travelled areas may require quarterly cleaning, while other less frequented areas may not need cleaning more than every 18 months. Either way, it makes good sense to have your carpets cleaned regularly—not only from an appearance and investment protection point of view, but also from a health standpoint. Regular deep cleaning removes bacteria, dust mites, germs, and the substances upon which these organisms live.
Q: Why should I clean my carpet?
A: Biocontaminants, volatile organic compounds, combustion products, asbestos, dust mites, chemical contamination, outdoor pollutants, pesticides, allergens, grease and oil deposits, sand, soil, food particles, bacteria, and a host of other really gross stuff will make its way into your carpet. Quite simply, your carpet acts like a sink. It collects and filters all of the above mentioned contaminants. This collection and filtering process traps these contaminants within your carpet, which in turns cleans the air you breathe and allows you to live a healthier life. Hard surface floors may allow contaminants to “roam” throughout the indoor environment.
However, like any other filter, your carpet needs to be cleaned on a regular basis, or it will lose its filtering ability. If these contaminants are in your home, they could be contributing to your family’s health and allergy problems. Dr Michael Berry, Deputy Director of the Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office of the Environmental Protection Agency stated, “Based on what I have learned from researchers working in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, I have reached the conclusion that carpeting and fabrics that are not properly cleaned and maintained have the potential to cause a variety of health problems inside the building and home environment.”
Q: Why should I have my carpets protected?
A: Pro-Mite Carpet Protection helps you in three very important ways:
When this protective coating is applied to the carpet fibres, it puts a protective barrier around each fibre. This protective barrier resists moisture. When you do have a spill, it gives you a window of time to get it cleaned up. (See our Spotting Guide)
The other important way that this product helps you is in the area of wear. Having this protective coating on your carpet helps reduce the wear and abrasion caused by sand in the carpet. This protects the carpet from excessive matting, and in turn will cause your carpet to perform better.
Q: Can you remove specific stains?
A: At Advanced Carpet Care we can remove any spot that is not a permanent stain. However, there are conditions where permanent staining is present. The following is a list of conditions which may or may not allow spots to be removed. The percentage listed next to the condition is the percentage of CHANCE we have of removing it, NOT the percentage of stain that will be removed.
If we are unable to remove the stain we may be able to repair the carpet by either re-tufting on say a cigarette burn or for a larger stain we could literally cut the stain out.
Red Wine (100%) – It doesn’t matter what you’ve already used on it although we would prefer if you simply left it for us or used white vinegar to attempt a removal.
Yellowing (50%) – Yellowing can be as simple as neutralising the spot or area by spraying a solution on it, or it can be impossible to remove. There are many unknown causes for yellowing. It is so common that we have several different products on our van just for yellowing.
Filtration Soiling (75%) – Filtration soiling is the black marks you see around the edges of your base boards. Typically we can get these lines to lighten, but seldom do they come all the way out. The particles in filtration soil are so fine, and go all the way down the sides of the yarn and through the backing of the carpet. This makes it very difficult to remove.
Urine (50%) – When urine is fresh and has not been cleaned using an alkaline spotter, the chances are good. If the urine has been there for a long time, the chances are slim. However, urine will continue to deteriorate the carpet, so it is extremely important to remove the urine deposits, even if the spot does not come out.
Vomit (50%) – Same as urine. (If red dye is present in dog or cat food, see red dye removal.) Remember the hidden bacteria that will need eliminating (see blood).
Blood (100%) – If no hot water or alkaline cleaning products have been used, chances are good.Remember you also have to treat the bacteria that you can’t see. We use Enviro-Safe, guaranteed to eliminate up to and including MRSA.
Rust (85%) – Chances for rust removal are excellent.
Red Dye (5%) – Red dye is almost impossible to remove unless conditions are exactly right. If the carpet is new, the chances are better. In many cases the only way to remove red dye is with a heat transfer process in which we apply a product to the spot, lay a wet cloth over it, and apply an iron to cause the spot to transfer to the towel. The spot is then rinsed thoroughly. This is a special high risk procedure and due to the extra time it requires, we may have to charge extra for this.
Lipstick (80%) – Chances are good that we will be able to remove it with solvents. However, some lipstick may be in the red dye category which gives it a slim chance for removal. Citrus based spot removers are great for oil based spots
Furniture Stain (10%) – Almost impossible.Especially if it is a natural fibre carpet.
Soft drinks (95%) – Usually not a problem. Best advice, blot the area wet it with warm water and blot again and again (see below).
Tea & Coffee (50%) – Tannin spots sometimes cause a permanent stain. Many times when coffee or tea is spilled, it is very hot. This can cause a stain to be set into the carpet. As with most spills the 1st thing to do is grab a towel and blot out what you can. Then put some warm water in a bowl and with your cloth gently wet the area (don’t rub), use your towel to blot again. Repeat this several times and before your eyes the spot will dilute and disappear. You can always leave a white towel on the spot and place a heavy book (Yellow Pages is good) for 24 hours. This will allow the towel to take any stain if there is still some left behind.
Ketchup (50%) – If ketchup has red dye in it, it could leave a stain. But without red dye, it’s not a problem.
Mustard (15%) – Mustard can be very difficult to remove.
Paint (20%) – If it is a fresh spill the chances are much better. If it has already dried, chances are slim. Best advice, KEEP IT DAMP
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