1-7 List: Costly Misconceptions Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Misconception #1: You should wait as long as possible before having your Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

No. Dirt is abrasive like sandpaper. Every time you step on your carpet, you grind dirt into the carpet & fabric fibers. This cuts your carpet, just as if you had used a knife. A dirty carpet, furniture will not last as long as a clean carpet.  And while vacuuming helps–by itself, it’s simply not enough.  The longer you wait to for carpet & upholstery cleaning, the more damage you do to your fabrics and the faster it wears out.
Also, many say, “It seems like my carpet got dirty so much faster after I cleaned it the first time.” True. Some of this could have to do with a cleaner leaving a detergent residue.
You can test my theory if you have a carpet that has been down for two or three years. Take a glass of distilled water and pour it into a clean area of the carpet – where there are no spots and out of the traffic pattern.Then walk away. If you come back tomorrow and see a spot or ring of brown, that’s the dirt accumulated in and under your carpet. If it were a brand new carpet, you would obviously see nothing.

Misconception #2: The only reason for Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning is to remove dirt and stains – to make it look nice.

No.  As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust – and hundreds of other chemicals.  When you come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria and chemicals in your hair and on your skin, clothing and shoes.  Not surprisingly, all those chemicals and toxins wind up in your carpet and upholstery.If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems – one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, smoke and chemicals in your carpet.Studies have shown that the carpet & upholstered furniture is a major contributor to allergies or respiratory disorders of any kind, including asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, red itchy eyes, sinus infections, headaches, etc.

Misconception #3: Vacuuming is enoughThis is probably the most common misconception about carpets.

Many people think that just vacuuming their carpet & furniture is enough to keep it clean yearlong.And sure, vacuum cleaning will remove hair, dust, crumbs and other physical dirt, but what it can’t do is extract all the dirt from your carpet or furniture. Oh, and it doesn’t remove odors or stains.
Unlike vacuuming, professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning uses steam machines to reach deep into the fibers of your carpet and unlock dirt—even the smallest particles and most stubborn stains don’t stand a chance.So in addition to vacuuming at least once a week, make sure you get it professionally cleaned once a year. Only then will it be completely clean.

Misconception #4:  I can get the same results by renting a  machine and ‘doing it myself.’

Not true.  In fact, do it yourself machines are so inferior to truckmount equipment, it’s not even a fair comparison. The ‘do it yourself’ machine does not have the 200 degree hot water, higher cleaning pressure or even powerful vacuum that a truck-mount machine does.   Lack of vacuum power and poor suction causes damage by over wetting carpet that may cause mold to grow.

Misconception #5: One cleaning method is as good as another.

No.  The dry cleaning methods – which are dry foam, dry chemicals and dry compounds – do not rinse your carpet in any way.  Instead, they leave a dirty residue.  You might say they clean your carpet and upholstery only halfway.  The most effective cleaning method is hot water extraction.Hot water extraction means a hot water cleaning solution, under high pressure, is applied to your carpet & furniture and then extracted out of your carpet.Carpet  & upholstery cleaners use one of two types of hot water extraction.  If they use a large unit that operates from a van or truck outside your facility, it’s called truck-mounted extraction.  If they use a small unit that can be brought inside, it’s called portable extraction.  Shaw’s first choice is the truck-mounted unit – and it recommends the small, portable unit only in areas where the truck-mounted unit won’t reach.The truck-mounted extraction cleans much better because it heats the water to a higher temperature – which breaks up the dirt, bacteria, chemicals and pollens in the carpet.  Then the machine uses high suction to draw the dirt and chemicals out of your carpet.  This is the method we use the most, however we do have a high powered portable to use when our truck mounted hoses can’t reach.

Misconception #6: Having expensive, high-tech equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpet & upholstery properly.

Not necessarily. They need to be successfully trained to use it.
Many companies own hot-water machines but very few companies teach their employees how to use them properly.  This is why it’s important that you choose your carpet & upholstery cleaner carefully.  The best cleaning companies are those that are an IICRC Certified Firm (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and employ technicians that have been classroom trained and have passed the written exam to become IICRC Certified Technicians.  Before you choose a carpet & upholstery cleaning service, ask to see written proof that the company is current IICRC Certified firm for this year and that the technician is certified to perform the work you’re requesting.

Misconception #7: The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.

This may be true for landlords and people moving out of rental units. Since they don’t have to live there, they can say they had the carpets professionally cleaned even if it looks worse than it did before. I’m not saying all landlords practice this. We do business with many landlords who require their tenants to use our services to protect their investment in carpeting. We have also been hired by landlords to come and clean after a tenant tried renting the rug doctor or hiring the cheapest guy.
    If you have to live there, or if you will be the one who pays to replace it, I suggest you throw out the lowest three bids. Just like in the automobile industry, the difference between the cheapest and the best may be a factor of 10 times or more. Like a used Yugo for $300 or a new Rolls for$300,000.Consumers who find themselves irresistibly attracted to the lowest price often go through very painful experiences before they have their first “painless” carpet &upholstery cleaning experience. We’ve hear their stories.
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A honest carpet & upholstery cleaning company should be able to give you an estimate over the telephone.

How we determine the price is base on the following:

1) Type of carpet. Some carpets are easier to clean than others.
2) The amount, type of soiling, wear age and how well you have taken care of your carpet.  Carpet that hasn’t been cleaned for ten years will take longer to clean than carpet that we cleaned within the last six months.
3) Amount of furniture that will have to be moved. A room with furniture typically takes at least twice as long to clean as one that is clear. If you can move it out or work around it, you’ll save money.

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Value Versus Price

Value Versus Price

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.  Value Versus Price

Here’s a little story to illustrate the difference between Value Versus Price. Once upon a time, a local nursing home called because the local furniture store recommended me. They wanted a bid to clean 7,000 square feet of corridors, halls in the facility. After measuring it up, I gave the administrator my price. Based on the story I heard through the grapevine (last guys didn’t get it clean – just wet. And it smelled like a wet dog for 2 days), I expected my price to be higher. It soon became apparent the previous guys were pretty proud of themselves – they had charged 50% more than me!
     She quickly accepted my offer (before I changed my mind) and we set about with the security guy to schedule the work. It had to be done after dinner (7:00 P.M.) and completed before it got too late (patients had to sleep). I said, “How about Monday and Tuesday evenings? The security guy says, “Which one?” I said, “Both, why? How long did it take the last guys?” He said, they were in at 7:00 and out by 10:00.” I said, “You mean two guys did 7,000 square feet in 3 hours and charged 50% more than I’m charging and left it dirty and wet and smelling like a wet dog for 2 days and got paid?”
He said, “Yep.”
It took my 3-man crew 9 hours over 2 nights. We left the carpet clean, fresh, and dry. That’s value and price!
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A-Z List: Germs, Crud, Critters Seeping in Carpet & Furniture

A List of Slime, Grime, and Livestock: That’s Seeping, Creeping & Galloping Through Your Carpet & Furniture.

You work hard to keep your home clean and free of dirt, bugs, and allergens. But did you know that even when your carpet looks clean and spot-free, they might actually be home to all sorts of unwanted guests?

Carpet & Furniture not only beautifies and insulate your homes from the cold, it also traps and filters dust, bacteria, debris and much more, which makes it a hotbed of bacteria. This can be problematic, as you can unknowingly introduce microorganism from the outdoors and into your carpet. But enough of that lets see that list.

 A-Z LIST to the Slime, Grime, and Livestock
That’s Seeping, Creeping and Galloping Through Your Carpets & Furniture.

  • A – Asphalt
  • B – Bacteria
  • C – Car exhaust, Chemicals, Coffee
  • D – Dirt, Dust
  • E – Earth
  • F – Fertilizer, Food particles, Fungus
  • G – Gravel, Grease, Grit
  • H – Hair,  Herbicides
  • I – Industrial waste
  • J – Jelly
  • K – Kool Aid
  • L – Lint
  • M – Milk, Mud
  • N – Nicotine
  • O – Orange juice
  • P – Pesticides, Pet stains, Pollen, Pollutants, Rock
  • S – Sand, Soda, Soil, Soot
  • T – Tar, Tobacco
  • S – Smoke
  • U – Urine
  • V – Vomit
  • Y – Yucky stuff

Plus, don’t forget living creatures, such as fleas, dust mites, and other parasites and germs that live, hide, and breed in your carpet & upholstery. Once they set up housekeeping, they multiply. (Will you help us? We’re trying to find at least one thing that’s in your carpet and furniture for every letter of the alphabet. So far, we don’t have anything for Q, W, X,or Z. If you can think of something that could be in your carpet or furniture that begins with these letters – or any other letters – please call, 973-343-7627 write, or e-mail us and we’ll consider including them in our next- consumer’s guide blog.)

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8 Fun & Interesting Furniture Facts

Everyone has furniture. Furniture is great – it provides us with a comfy place to sit in front of the TV, a great night’s sleep, a place to eat dinner & something to relax on. While we love our upholstery, sometimes we do consider it to be boring.
Well things are about to change, as we’ve pulled together 8 fun and fascinating furniture facts, to impress you.

8 Fun & Interesting Furniture Facts
  1. The average life-span of a sofa is 2,958 days (that’s roughly 8 years). The oldest bookcase in the world is located in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University – which is also one of the oldest libraries in Europe.
  2. After a house and a car, upholstery is usually the third most expensive item a person will buy during their lifetime.
  3. Have you ever wondered who invented the office chair? It was none-other than Charles Darwin in the 1800s, who added wheels to his chair to get around his study quicker.
  4. Throughout a sofa‘s life, it will host roughly 782 visitors.
  5. An average sofa is used as a place to sit while eating a meal 13 Xs a month. That translates into (1,261 meals over the sofa’s lifetime).
  6. The oldest known chairs were ceremonial furniture from Ancient Egypt 5,000 years ago.
  7. Chairs didn’t come into common use until the 16th century. Before then people sat on stones or wooden benches.
  8. Why do kings sit on thrones? In early history, chairs or thrones were generally used by people of higher society. People with less calibre sat on stools.

So next time you are relaxing on your upholstery or perhaps you’re sitting down for a meal at your rustic dining table or even ordering some bespoke furniture pieces, remember there is a lot of fascinating facts and history about that piece of furniture. Upholstery manufacturers recommend having upholstered furniture cleaned professionally every 12 months. Call ProCleanersNJ Today 973-343-7627

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