Carpets are expensive household items that have to endure high traffic volumes, spills and general wear and tear. Dust, pets and pollutants add to these factors, causing carpets to become dirty, and unsightly, and to lose their soft lustrous pile.
Regular carpet cleaning by an experienced and reputable cleaning service can prolong the life of any carpet, from a high-quality fitted carpet, to an expensive kilim, or a soft woollen rug that doubles as your dog’s favourite sleeping spot.
Carpet Cleaning Techniques
A professional carpet cleaner will use a variety of cleaning methods. Different materials, and weaves, require different cleaning techniques. A ‘one size fits all approach’ can have devastating results.
For example, dry cleaning or washing a flokati in hot water can shrink and damage the appearance of the rug.
To ensure a carpet is cleaned in the most appropriate manner, it’s important you choose a cleaning service that offers a wide range of cleaning techniques.
Choose Steam Cleaning for Fitted Carpets
When cleaning fitted carpets, the best option is to choose a reputable carpet cleaning service provider that uses steam cleaning. This fast, efficient and affordable cleaning system – also referred to as hot water extraction cleaning – is a cut above all other processes. It cleans carpets safely, at the same time destroying bacteria, pollens, fungi and pollutants that build up over time.
Although many home owners may be tempted to clean their own carpets, it’s not a smart idea. Scrubbing stubborn stains caused by red wine, fruit juice, coffee or pet urine, for instance, can do permanent damage, uncoiling the carpet fibres and destroying the tufting.
Using off-the-shelf chemical carpet cleaners can also be disastrous. Strong chemicals may permanently affect the colour and composition of a carpet, leaving it with a blotchy and broken pile.
Hiring a carpet cleaning machine is an option, but inexperienced operators can cause irreparable damage. For example, use a rotary cleaning machine in the dry chemical cleaning process without adequate training and you could end up burning large swathes of a carpet!