Clean Talk with Stan

May 2011

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There is much discussion in our industry about how often carpeting should be cleaned. Surely you have heard ‘wait as long as you can before you clean your carpet…’ or ‘once you’ve cleaned your carpet, its never the same…’ or my personal favorite ‘ buy dark colored carpet, it doesn’t get dirty as fast’.

These widely used comments have stemmed from unfortunate encounters with uninformed cleaners that have left the carpet with an overload of detergent residue. The unfortunate consumer has assumed that this is the case with all carpet cleaning and resolved to wait until the carpet is in dire straits to clean it.

The good news is that a properly cleaned carpet will not re-soil quickly and will actually last longer. Why? Because damaging soils are removed with effective carpet cleaning. Soil that is is not removed by vacuuming, even though it can rarely be seen by the naked eye, cuts and slices on the carpet fibers as the carpet is being walked on breaking down the carpet yarns in the traffic areas. The result is that even with restorative cleaning at that point, it will not correct the damage that has been done to the fiber. Not to mention that a carpet that is not cleaned on a regular basis is an unhealthy carpet. Carpet is like a filter, it collects all kinds of pollutants that get tracked in or blown in form outdoors. Carpet manufacturer’s state that a residential carpet should be professional cleaned every 6 to 12 months, more often if pets and/or children are present.

In closing a carpet that is maintained on a regular basis will not only last longer but will also provide a healthier indoor environment.

Call us at 269-979-8770 with any questions you have for professional advise and how to keep your textiles in tip top shape.