Why You Should Use a Carpet Cleaning Company and How to Choose One
Installing wall-to-wall carpeting is a big investment, but one which greatly enhances both the aesthetic appeal of your home and its resale value. However, carpets need proper maintenance in order to stay looking good and retain their value.
In addition to dirt and soil that is tracked in from outside, everyday oily residue from your kitchen and pets also dries onto your carpets, attracting and locking in dirt like a powerful magnet. Over time, oxidation causes this residue to bond with the fibers of the carpet, causing it to change color. If left, ugly “traffic lanes” will start to form where people walk most often.
Many carpet manufacturers make it a condition of their warranty that the carpets are professionally cleaned using hot water extraction (steam cleaning) at least once every 12 to 18 months. Even if your carpet is no longer under any kind of guarantee, you should never use do-it-yourself wet shampooing machines, as they can leave a sticky residue, which actually attracts dirt very quickly.
What to Look for in a Carpet Cleaning Company
All companies are not created equal, and when you’re looking for a company to do your carpet cleaning, Eden Prairie MN residents owe it to themselves – and to their carpets – to ensure they choose a reputable company that has properly trained and qualified technicians that use the latest machinery and the most up to date methods.
* Training – The most common and widely recognized training school for the cleaning and restoration industry is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration. Technicians should have certification from this institute, or one of equal standing and repute.
* Licensing – Any company should be licensed to operate in the State in which you live. They should also carry adequate insurance, related to the services they provide.
* Experience – check how long a carpet cleaning company has been in business, and look for reviews and comments about their service on online consumer forums.
* Price – Don’t be tempted to go with the cheapest option – price should never be your main motivation. If the company is offering specials, make sure you read the fine print so that you know and understand all the terms and conditions.
Steamatic of the Twin Cities is a cleaning and restoration company that’s been in business since 1968. All of our technicians are licensed, certified and insured. Check us out at www.twincities.steamatic.com.