There is always a good reason to hire professionals when you need something done, especially when it involves maintenance on your home or on a significant investment. We have all seen those old comedy plots where somebody tries to be a “do-it-yourselfer” only to wind up causing a bigger problem than he or she had in the first place. Being self reliant is a good quality, but there is a time and a place for everything.
There are several reasons why qualified professionals almost always do a much better job than the layman. For one thing, they have been trained and understand the rudiments of the trade. Secondly, they have experience, and there is no substitute for having “been there and done that” as we all know. But the third factor is perhaps the most important one: they have the right tools and the appropriate supplies and equipment. With that in mind, let’s take a look at four common carpet cleaning methods, two that are employed by do-it-yourselfers, and two that are utilized by professional carpet cleaners.
The first one we’ll examine is simple do-it-yourself carpet shampooing. On the surface, it is less expensive to rent a carpet shampooing machine and go it alone, but there are a few pitfalls involved, and you might wind doing more harm than good in the long run. It may seem simple enough, but if you have no experience with the equipment and it is not of professional quality in the first place, problems can and do occur.
One of the most common difficulties that arise with these cheap carpet shampooing machines is over-shampooing. Over-shampooing can take place when too much shampoo is used, or if the carpet is not rinsed thoroughly enough. Soap stays stuck in the carpet, and it attracts dirt and grime and leaves your carpet worse than when you started. This can happen because the user of the machine was not experienced with it and used too much solution and/or didn’t rinse the carpet long enough or thoroughly enough. But it could also be a matter of the equipment not being of sufficient quality, or it could have been an older unit that had fallen into disrepair. Either way, your carpet is still not clean, you have been set back more than a few bucks, and you have wasted a good bit of valuable time.
Over-wetting is also common. This happens when you use too much water and it seeps through the carpet and into the backing and pad, which can discolor the carpet, create unpleasant odors, and cause mold and mildew. Over-wetting can also cause carpet shrinkage, and it is not uncommon for a carpet to rip or tear as it shrinks.
And finally, you run the risk of furniture getting wet. The dyes in the fabric often run and leave your carpet with a not-too-nice tie-dye effect. And even if you are fortunate enough to avoid any carpet damage, the detergent in the do-it-yourself shampoo is of very poor quality and does not compare to the commercial grades that are used by professionals, so your carpet is not going to come very clean.
Some people like to use inexpensive do-it-yourself dry cleaning powders. They sprinkle powder on their badly soiled and stained carpet and wait a few minutes so that the powder can suck all of that dirt and grime out. Then, all they have to do is vacuum and, voilà, their carpet will look and smell as good as new! Not. Wishful thinking is what they call that. And those foam sprays are no better. But you know that already. We’ve all tried them, and we all know that they mask the smell a little, for a while, and that’s it. If it seems too easy…it almost definitely is.
Professional carpet cleaning methods are designed to circumvent the problems inherent in the methods above, while refining the appeal and usefulness of the basic ideas. The state-of-the art extraction method is a way of shampooing the carpet, as it were, without the pitfalls. Carpet technicians use commercial grade solutions that are very powerful on dirt and stains, but mild on the fabric fibers. Professionals like Atlanta Carpet Cleaners use nothing but high tech truck-mounted equipment, and the intense cleansing pressure and commercial-grade suction levels get all of the dirt and grime out of your carpet, but they also take all of the solution along too, so you are left with nothing but squeaky clean, undamaged carpet fibers.
Dry cleaning a carpet is not a bad thing at all; you just aren’t going to be able to do it with a five dollar container of powder and a five year old household vacuum cleaner. Commercial dry extraction methods are not completely dry in the literal sense, but they utilize a very controlled amount of moisture. A machine is used that distributes the cleansing solution sparingly while brushes agitate it into the carpet, loosening the dirt while the machine simultaneously sucks it up. It leaves behind a relatively dry, totally clean carpet that can be immediately vacuumed and used as normal.
So there is a look at four different approaches to cleaning your carpet. When you consider the facts, the correct course of action seems readily apparent. Your carpet is an integral part of your home, and it is subjected to a lot of living on a daily basis. If you had to go out and buy new carpeting tomorrow, it would certainly be a significant expense, and it is not the type of thing that you really want to have to replace if you can help it. A little bit of professional maintenance goes a long way, not only to get your carpet looking and smelling good again, but to make sure that you are doing what you can to preserve it.
Atlanta Carpet Cleaners are the carpet cleaning company Atlanta has relied on for over twenty years, so when it is time to give your carpet the once over, don’t take a chance and try to do it yourself. Protect your investment and let a trained and certified professional analyze your carpet and select the method that is perfect for your unique situation. If you need some carpet repair or upholstery cleaning, we can take care of that as well and save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars down the road. There is one name to remember for quality carpet cleaning in Atlanta at prices that anyone can afford, and that name is Atlanta Carpet Cleaners.
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