Carpets and upholstery are an essential part of every home, and for good reason. Not only do they add to the visual appeal of the house, but they are also very useful in their utility. They provide a comfortable place to walk, sit and rest and they help buffer the noise in a room. But there is a downside – carpets and upholstery require quite a bit of maintenance and periodic carpet cleaning, which is not an easy thing to manage if you do not know how to go about it. Professional carpet cleaners may be the perfect solution.
Although some will take on the process of carpet cleaning themselves, it is not a task that usually makes sense for most home owners. The time, effort and cost to rent the equipment, buy the chemicals, prep the carpet, perform the cleaning then return the equipment is more than it is worth. Your carpeting and upholstery are very valuable and do-it-yourselfers often do more harm than good when attempting to clean them.
There are many qualified contractors who will clean your carpets and upholstery for you and the costs are usually very reasonable. However, before you choose one, make sure you check out their background, quality of operation and reputation. You can often find valuable information on the internet from people who have used them before.
One of the greatest risks to a homeowner cleaning their own carpets is damage to the color and/or fiber. There are several different shampoos and cleaning products that can be used as well as different carpet cleaning techniques. By hiring a professional carpet cleaner you are assured of getting a higher quality job than an average homeowner can do. They will know what products to use so that the cleaning is thorough without damaging your carpets or upholstery.
Vacuuming all the carpets and rugs in your home on a regular basis will keep the appearance of your home neat and clean. But often dust collects in the nooks and crannies of the carpet fiber and on your upholstered furniture. When this happens the best option is to hire a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner to clean your carpets and upholstery for you. They have the equipment and the knowledge to do the job correctly and economically. They will remove any excess cleaning fluid on the carpet so that it doesn’t give rise to pungent smells that can linger for weeks if not properly removed.
It is hard to believe that many people do not make it a common practice to vacuum their upholstery on a consistent basis. Sofas and chairs will accumulate dust just like your carpet and it is important to vacuum it every few weeks or at least monthly. Often families with persistent allergy problems will find that by vacuuming their carpet, furniture and drapes on a regular basis they eliminate most of the allergy problems.
Basic upholstery cleaning involves dusting the delicate fabric, vacuuming it, and if needed, washing it. There are many upholstery cleaning solutions on the market, each for different fabric types. If you do not know which solution to use for your upholstery you can do some research on the internet or call a professional and they will help you out. Professional upholstery cleaners usually have a lot of experience in handling even the most delicate of fabrics, so you can be assured that your upholstery will be safe and the color and fiber integrity will be maintained.
Many people feel that because their furniture is treated with fabric guard there is no need to ever clean it. What they don’t realize is that over time the fabric guard wears off and then the upholstery is exposed. It is important to keep up with the cleaning of your furniture just as you do your carpeting. If you make cleaning your upholstery part of your monthly cleaning routine you will significantly improve the look and longevity of your furniture. Then, after a few years your upholstered furniture will still look good. You can have it professionally cleaned and fabric guard re-applied by any one of your local carpet cleaners and your furniture will continue to look great for years to come.