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Why Regular Cleaning is Necessary
Just as the clothes we wear need regular washing to keep them fresh and hygienic, our carpets and upholstered furniture require periodic cleaning. Accumulated soil and grit are major causes of reduced carpet and fabric life, and enable destructive and health harmful mites and bacteria to work unchecked. Cleaning costs are minimal when you consider the replacement cost of carpets and furnishings, so regular cleaning makes economic sense too.
Little do most of us realize that what we are seeing is only a tiny fraction of the soil that a carpet contains. The visible grime we notice is only the tip of the iceberg; up to 85 percent of the dirt the carpet holds is buried deep within the pile. And when you consider that a carpet can eventually trap its own weight or more in soil - as much as 150 lbs for an average-sized living room - you'll agree it's no trivial matter.
Regular professional cleaning can ensure:
Increased life expectancy - Eliminating many of the problems that may lead to the carpet and soft furnishings needing to be replaced before their time.
Stain Removal - No longer worry about concealing those discomforting spots, marks and dried in spillages, professional cleaning can ensure removal of most stubborn stains.
A more hygienic environment - Complete removal of general dust, soil and accumulated debris.
Improved appearance - Even the oldest of carpets and furniture can look brand new following professional cleaning.
Elimination of mites and bacteria - Reducing the risk of allergies, mold and many other potential problems.
Deodorisation - Most odors can be eliminated by general professional cleaning and NCCA members can offer specialist treatments to ensure a fresh, clean smelling carpet.
Vacuuming Is Not Enough
Regular vacuuming is a necessity to keep your carpets clean and hygienic, and some of you will use other equipment to help maintain and preserve your valuable floor coverings. However, most domestic vacuum cleaners, shampooers, and steamers, even the more powerful ones, haven't got what it takes to get rid of that deep-down dirt or nasty germs. This is one of those jobs for the professionals, with their highly sophisticated equipment and the training and experience to know how, when and where to use it.
Science Proves Hot Water Is Best For Carpet Extraction
Heated cleaning solutions improve the entire cleaning process, resulting in more thoroughly cleaned carpets. This often occurs using less chemical, which also helps reduce carpet cleaning’s impact on the environment. This is because heat helps increase the molecular activity of the cleaning chemicals - in other words, the chemicals do more of the hard work to help loosen and dissolve soils for faster, easier, and much quicker extraction.
This concept is confirmed in science studies going back more than 125 years.
Dr. Michael Berry, author of the book Protecting the Built Environment: Cleaning for Health, also found that heat improves cleaning’s effectiveness. “Even without soap, small amounts of grease will dissolve in water, [but] the amount increases in hot water, sometimes ten-fold,” he says. Because of this, hotter cleaning solution contributes to a healthier indoor environment.
The end result: worker productivity is actually increased using a hot-water system because of the enhanced effectiveness of the cleaning chemicals. The technician does not have to make as many passes over the same carpeted area to effectively clean the carpets.
Further, heat enhances safety. Carpets tend to dry faster when a heated solution is employed. The faster the carpet dries, the less risk there is of a slip and fall occurring and the sooner the entire area can be opened to foot traffic.
While cold-water extractors are and will continue to play a role in professional carpet cleaning, invariably technicians who want the most effective carpet cleaning results for their customers, in the fastest amount of time, and safest manner will continue to seek and use hot-water extractors.