Note: If you read at least half of this homepage you will be arming yourself with all the knowledge needed to avoid scammers and over chargers & truly understand which pricing and methods are perfect for you. We serve Atlanta, Buckhead, Vinnings, Decatur, Merrietta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody
9 Must Ask Questions before booking a job & choosing any Carpet Cleaner.
5 Must Ask Questions before booking a job & choosing any Atlanta Carpet Cleaner.
Are you owner operated or do you use sub contractors? The owner personally cleans each and every job.
Are you insured? We are indeed.
Are you "Green" Certified? DirtBlasters is an original, a pioneer in people, pet & planet safe cleaning since 1993 and certified from several associations.
Do you use "Truck Mounted Steam Cleaning"? We do with the exception of a working spaces over 250 feet from van.
Are you over $35 per room & $65 per 6ft couch? We are not over $35 per avg. room and even less in some situations nor over $65/6foot couch 5 Must Ask Questions before booking a job & choosing any Atlanta Carpet Cleaner.
Will you run your Truck Mount machine outside only at a safe distance from house to avoid deadly Carbon Minoxide from entering my home? Yes.
Are you owner operated or do you use sub contractors?The owner personally cleans each and every job.
Are you insured?We are indeed fully insured including personal and property.
Are you "Green" Certified?DirtBlasters is an original, a pioneer in people, pet & planet safe cleaning since 1993 and certified from several associations.
Do you use "Truck Mounted Steam Cleaning"?We do as long as the hoses reach work area. Portable steam units available for high rises.
Are you over $35 per room & $65 per 6ft couch?We are not over $35 per avg. room and even less in some situations nor over $65/6ftcouch.
Does your van leak oil and if yes can you protect my driveway?Our vans are very well maintained and have no leaks.
Will you be careful not to scratch walls, cars and basically respect my home?I always treat your home as I would my own.
Does your cleaning include "Everything"? Yes! The price includes all cleaning steps & will not increase at your door unless more work is added.
Why Steam Cleaning Instead of the Dry Method or others?
World's largest manufactureof carpet Shaw Industries requires customers to only use Steam CleaningSource:
Stainmaster Carpets voiding warranties if Steam Cleaning is not your choice of carpet cleaning methods. Source:
In infectious health conditions on carpets the CDC recommends carpets to be "Steam Cleaned" only. Source
SANITARY— Hot water extraction has been proven in countless tests to be the most effective and sanitary carpet cleaning method in removing any unwanted solid or liquid substances including blood, urine, food, drinks, dirt, grease, dust mites and many more.
NON TOXIC— High heat & nature is all we use such ascitrus, enzymes, white vinegar, baking soda and plant based.
AFFORDABLE— Owner operators enjoy lower operating costs compared to the high priced Franchises which enable us to beat their inflated prices. Accepting weekend and weeknight appointments.
No bait and switch tactics— Honest phone rates are solid & won't inflate at your door with hidden charges .
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Dirt Blasters Carpet Cleaning Method & Green Solutions
Green carpet cleaning method: we use ccitrus/enzyme cleaners (Proteins bond soil to carpets, our Enzymes break down protein and digest oil & grease)white vinegar, baking soda, lavender oil(for deodorizer).
Organic Carpet Cleaning method : we use grapefruit seed, lime & orange extract, Aloe, Meadow form seeds, fiber of vegetables, lemon peppermint & eucalyptus essential oils for Green cleaners and disinfectants.
DirtBlasters.com practices human, animal and planet safe cleaning. Truck-Mounted hot water extraction, a.k.a steam cleaning. Organic dry cleaning on request. Pet urine specialists
Synthetic cleaners (non-toxic) can also be used if requested from customer. (We carry enormous variety on van).
Filterd water. We are the 1st in Atlanta to implement a triple filtered water supply system in the van. No contaminants survive.
Dirt Blasters Rates
Warning:Don't be left with zero residue of money in your pocket by overpaying the big chains for their expensive Ads.
Pick carpet cleaners by asking and measuring how long they have been in business. Dirt Blasters has been carpet cleaning Atlanta since 1993 and we plan to stay. Also ask if there are any additional charges outside of their phone quote to evaluate if they engage in "bait and switch". Ask if they are truck mounted steam cleaning. If not (i.e portable equipment), dry cleaning or other methods simply hang up and move on.
How do I know if my carpet cleaning service is really a "Green" carpet cleaner?
Ask them if they belong to any "Green" associations and which ones. We belong to several and all can be verified. We also use our own custom natural blend of cleaning solutions that are not only safe for our planet but also act as a powerful dust mite, dirt and urine stain/odor eliminator as well. You may also ask to see and smell their cleaning products to verify if they are using safe products or potentially harmful synthetic cocktails.
Do you charge extra for pet stains and other special ares of problem stained carpet?.
We only charge extra if these stains require significant time to treat. In most cases they are part of our services and not extra.
Is your carpet cleaner local and have a 100% money back policy?
We are and always stand behind our work or you don't pay.
Is your carpet cleaner a technician or a sub contractor?
The owner of DirtBlasters is the only technician you will have. No middle man.
Does Zero Rez leave a residue and are they truely "The only non residue carpet cleaner"?
As far a residue is concerned you may want to read this. And no of course they are not "the only" so called non residue carpet cleaner. Dirt Blasters Carpet Cleaning and many others beat them to that claim decades before their exsistence.
Do you (the customer) or even the potential carpet cleaner understand the dangers of Carbon Monoxide gas produced from the van's truck mounted engine entering the home?
The gas powered engine inside of the van produces just like any 2 cycle engine, carbon Monoxide gas which is deadly. So make sure they NEVER run it in the garage or too close to an open door or window of home and point it away from the structure. It helps to ask the technician to carry a hand held Carbon Monoxide detector on him as well. Also don't forget every home should have a quality Carbon Monoxide detector since water heaters and furnaces can also produce this silent killer at any time.
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How To Screen a Carpet Cleaner10/19/2013
After 20 years in the business and as a top Atlanta Carpet Cleaner this is what I tell my family and friends how to shop and pick a carpet cleaner. And I’m still going strong. I also have settled for Steam Cleaning as the very top Carpet cleaning system of all and superior to “Dry ” methods of which I also provide for those who are sold on the idea of “Dry”.
Ask these questions when being given a phone estimate. Don’t waste your time having them come out only to “Bait Switch” you on the price and process. This will filter out the losers & crooks. Just keep this following list when speaking on the phone with your next potential carpet and Upholstery service.
1. Are you owner operated or use technicians and subs? While some techs and subs can be excellent there is nothing like the owner himself doing the work.
2. Can I have 3 referrals?
3. Do you use a truck mount carpet cleaning machine or a portable? (You want a Truck Mount) If you live in a high rise you have no choice but to have a portable so in such a case ask if it’s heated.
4. Are you insured? You want to hear “Yes” of course.
5. Do you come to my home after giving a super low estimate on the phone and say “It doesn’t include deep cleaning so the price is more if you want that “? If you hear “Yes” run away it’s a Bait and Switch crook.
6. Do you charge anything extra for anything? The answer should be yes. There are always extras business’s offer so it is okay to be asked (not pressured) for services such as deodorizer, scotch-guarding, pet urine treatment, Red Dye removal, Mal Odor removal and a few more. These services should cost approx. 10 to 50% of basic cleaning cost (added to bill) depending on situation. For example scotch guarding could be 30 to 50% of total cleaning charge as deodorizer can be 25% or so of the total cleaning charge. On my avg. price of 4 rooms for $140 I charge $49 for Stain Guard. But if you don’t need it (no kids or pets) I would not suggest it. Many stain protector products are also not "Green".
NOTE: An average child’s bedroom (moving only small items) should not exceed $30 to $40 for basic cleaning. Master bedrooms can average $30 to $70 depending on size. These are the most important of all you can arm yourself with when shopping for a decent, fair and dependable steam cleaning carpet cleaner.
Feel free to try me for your next cleaning as I would appreciate your business and work with your schedule and budget.
DirtBlasters Carpet Cleaning Tips10/19/2013
The fact remains simple dirt brought in your home from shoes can scratch and score your carpet fiber and prematurely wear them out in addition to soiling them. So remove your shoes when entering your home or change in to clean home sandals or slippers. Simply slow down your rate of vacuuming when doing this chore and take extra and slower vacuum passes on high traffic areas. Try to vacuum weekly as this can extend the life of your carpet as well.
I recommend adding a tablespoon of baking soda to your vacuum's dirt cup or bag after each time you replace or empty.
On stains that are oil based try rubbing alcohol, on red stains pour a bit of clear ammonia on the red spot and take a hot clothing iron and place it on a soaking wet white towel laying on the stain. Try it a few times and hold your breath. Also keep the towel from overheating by keeping it wet. When the bubbles stop simmering around the iron that is placed on the towel remove iron.
On unknown or common stains spray or pour some carbonated water on the offender, blot and rub out. Don't go to hard on the rubbing or damage can occur to the fibers. On Pet urine I suggest you purchase a gallon of pet urine enzymes from Pet Smart and you will need to apply it, let it soak and wet vac it out. You can buy a tiny 1 gallon wet/dry vac cheap from Home Depot or Lowe's and others.
-Beware of Bait & Switchers from Some Carpet Cleaners: Just say no10/19/2013
Almost always the age old "Bait and Switch" rip off scam comes to your door in the form of a coupon. This is not to say all coupons are guilty of this but those who advertise "Whole House Specials" for $49.00 or other baiting tactics such as "$4.00 per room" are very much so guilty of "Bait and Switching" the public. In fact these companies end up on average collecting over $70 per room when finished with their victims. Most veteran consumers have caught on to this scam and are immune to these sharks however the endless tide of first time homeowners sadly will lay victim to these sharks' year after year keeping them around for a long time to come.
The truth is If you are being given a quote for carpet cleaning for under $20 or $25 per room somethings wrong. Why? Simply because the logic of how a carpet cleaner is in business to make money. Unless they are in business to do favors, meet people, break even or loose money and can not possibly turn a profit for any less than this industry average and standard rate of $25.00 to $49.00 per avg. sized room. Consider the expense and the basic overhead it costs of getting to your door. To name few you have commercial insurance, gas, wear and tear, vehicle insurance, maintenance, equipment repair and upkeep, chemicals, Advertising, Marketing and the list goes on and on. Anyone who incurs these expenses could not clean rooms for $4 or $10. One local Atlanta carpet cleaner is predominately advertising everywhere for an amazing $4.00 per room and this instantly trips my red flag. The gimmick here is you will need to obligate a contract which requires a set # of yearly cleanings. This is a Bait/Switch tactic.
Here is how it may unfold after the Bait and Switcher arrives at the victims home. After a walk through the tech may say that the coupon rate is only for a "Surface clean" and will not help in their situation. Then they explain without the expensive "Extra services" the job might not even be worth doing. The victim asks "But the coupon said $4.00 per room?" The shark replies "Oh the $4.00 per room rate only applies to our "Basic cleaning" and not a "Deep cleaning" and this job requires the deep cleaning"
They may use terms such as "Gold or "Silver" plans or "Basic" or "Deep" process and you could end up paying $50 per room or more. Some may say the cheap plan only includes cold water or low pressure cleaning as opposed to heat and high pressure water if challenged.
My advice is run away fast as soon as you hear this. Better yet simply ignore these age old scammers all together and just say no. The bottom line is if that carpet cleaning company can not even openly advertise or ask the absolute minimum of $20.00 to $25.00 per room then they are either using inferior equipment and jumped in to business yesterday which is a sketchy situation in general or could simply be one of the many dishonest "Bait and switchers".
Be prepared to pay an average of $30 to $45 per room in order to get a great job with no surprises and feel good that the individual cleaning your carpets and upholstery can be proud of knowing he is charging a fare rate for his work and operating an honest service business.
How to prepare for a visit from your Local carpet cleaning service10/19/2013
Before your carpet cleaning service arrives at your home there are a few thing a customer could do that makes for a faster and smoother visit.
1. Open up a car spot for the carpet cleaning van in your driveway that would be closest to the door he chooses to use to carry in his equipment. 2. Pre vacuum all traffic areas including steps and move any small items such as toys, garbage baskets, laundry hampers, small chairs and so on. 3. Any furniture which is heavy can be moved by the carpet cleaner and put back on carpet immediately using coasters. So don't break your back. 4. If there are any stubborn stains you may want to call your carpet service the night before and ask if there is a household solution you may have already, like vinegar you could use to pre-treat it the night before for an extended dwell period. In some cases this can make a big difference.
Finally to avoid a slip and fall remember to leave towels or mats on hard surfaces such as Hardwood floors where they meet or transition to the carpet and especially at the bottom of the stairs after the job is complete. By DirtBlasters.com
Why "Steam Cleaning" beats them all 10/19/2013
Hot Water Extraction (212 degrees/boiling point of water) AKA "Steam Cleaning" is by far the over all most effective carpet cleaning process of them all. Why? While there are countless "Dry" and "Low moisture systems" the simple truth is heat destroys bacteria, grease and other contaminants by means of the heat breaking down the proteins (by burning through them) which bond them to carpet fiber then pulling them out with the powerful vacuum strength of a truck mounted carpet extractor machine. When this high heat is present it also can boost the carpet cleaners chemicals ability three fold or more. The higher the heat, the faster the carpet dries (less water) and the less cleaning product used or left behind for those carpet cleaners still using chemicals known to leave residue. Enzymes are a great 'Green" cleaning companion and addition to your carpet cleaners arsenal and can take it a step further digesting oil, urine and other matter. If your carpet cleaners are still not "Green" and don't use "Non Residual cleaners" ask the carpet and upholstery technician to give the entire area an extra "rinse pass "to remove any residue.
Stainmaster Carpets actually will void your warranty if you use any other system other than Hot Water Extraction or "Steam Cleaning" and require you steam clean them at least every 2 years and recommends at least one steam cleaning per year. (Source:)
If that isn't enough even the world's largest producer of carpet "Shaw Industries" also recommends only Steam Cleaning as the top choice for carpet cleaning methods. source:
All other methods including inferior hot water "Portable extractors" and any "Dry cleaning" process simply can not touch Steam Cleaning at the proper temperature when it comes to lift power, vacuum power & sanitizing power and overall deep non residue cleaning.
Major marketing efforts have taken hold in the minds of many folks regarding Dry Cleaning carpets hence we still offer Dry cleaning to this segment if they are truly sold on the idea however we do explain the pros and cons of both so they better understand each system.
Dispelling the old Steam Cleaning Myth10/19/2013
Nearly 25 years ago most carpets were manufactured using "Jute Backings"(long, soft, shiny, strong threads) which were 100% organic and biodegradable vegetable fiber. This was the standard carpet backing however was prone to moisture and would simply disintegrate after over exposure to moisture, wear & time leaving the carpets loose and riddled with wrinkles or 'Puckers". Just as today back in those days there were enough amateur carpet cleaning companies around using under powered portable "steam cleaning" or "Hot water extraction"machines to leave behind some pretty soggy carpet and plenty of unhappy customers.
Today in the USA Jute is no more than a bad memory from the past and carpet manufactures are using 100% synthetic carpet backings which are impervious to water. Hence this myth is busted. Carpets can not become "separated" and loose from steam cleaning.
Worth noting this over wetting scenario was mainly caused by non "truck mounted" steam cleaning machines known as 'Portables". Portables by nature do not offer the powerful water recovery abilities of the truck mounts hence truck mounted steam cleaning played little to no role creating this "Myth of Steam Cleaning" but undeservedly ended up sharing the blame. This myth simply stated steam cleaning ruins carpets and causes "separation" mold and mildew. This misnomer echoed from coast to coast for so long causing alternative dry cleaning systems to emerge and reproduce like rabbits from the 1980's through today. Through this time the "Dry Cleaning" companies kept banging the drums of the "Evils of steam cleaning" explaining how steam cleaning can separate the carpet backing, cause odor, mold and on and on. However these stories were based on the poor work of inferior portable extractor companies 20 plus years ago soaking carpets with old Jute backing. The truth is this. If steam cleaning is performed by a trained individual using a truck mounted system your carpets will be cleaned with very little remaining moisture and little to zero residue. Leaving them more sanitary and dirt free than any alternative system in existence. I have tried the top wet and dry systems and speak from my personal experience.
I always say if there were a better way to clean ourselves then soap and water (Dirtblasters uses citrus) we would. If we had a more sanitary way to wash our cars, boats, sidewalks, clothes or anything we also would be using it. Do we see folks running around looking for Dry cleaning methods for these things? Of course not. The concussion here is that there is no equal alternative. Hot water extraction is also the only system recommended by Stainmaster carpets who will void the warranty if any other system is used. They also require their customers to steam clean once per every 24 months to keep the warranty from being voided. Worth mentioning is this. There are several effective dry cleaning methods that are effective and do not harm your carpet in any way. I am familiar with them and do offer some of these systems to my customers who are simply "sold" on them but I always recommend truck mounted Steam cleaning as the primary cleaning system of choice.
Local Carpet Cleaning Services 10/19/2013
Carpet cleaning comes in many forms and one can find just about any system offered in the industry in their hometown. The most common systems are the Host system, the encapsulation system, the bonnet system, the foam system and of course "Steam Cleaning".
Carpet cleaning as an industry has become an open door invitation for anyone to dive in and call themselves a "Carpet cleaning service" with no prior experience or training. We have no state regulations or requirements for training or certifications so this door is wide open which is good reason to do your homework in choosing a service. As an owner operator for 20 years as an local carpet cleaning service I can only give my opinion based on hand on experience on which methods are superior and how to shop for carpet & upholstery cleaning service.
As far as choosing a carpet cleaning service and method I recommend using the criteria of obtaining referrals, age of business and if they offer truck mounted steam cleaning. Also if you are on a budget stay clear of the large chains who are franchise operations with heavy expensive advertising presence. You are best off with the small family owned "Independent owner operator" carpet cleaning service who meets the criteria above.
Mattress Cleaning (Do it Yourself)
Dust mites can pose huge problems for allergy sufferers and anyone concerned with cleanliness. Dirt, stains and overall staleness of a mattress can be a simple and cheap project for the "Do it Yourself-er" if you choose to go it alone. So if you do decide to go this route follow these steps.
Start off by simply removing and replacing all sheets and covers. Visit Amazon and order some Diatomatious Earth. It is an amazingly safe product for us humans yet a potent agent to dust mites. Spread the powder on every each of the mattress and then vacuum off your mattress of the powder after a 6 to 8 hour dwell period.
Or another method is a hand held steam vapor tool. With one of these you will need to make a steam pass over every square inch of material.
For Organic bedding material, vapor steamers, mattress covers and most "Green" household allergy control tools and products I recommend you visit here.
If you need to only remove mattress odor on the cheap I recommend covering the mattress in baking soda and allowing it to dwell for 6 to 8 hours and at which point vacuum thoroughly and your done. ByDirtBlasters.com 10/25/13
Why So Many Carpet Cleaning Methods? The main two reasons for for any other system other than the Truck Mounted steam cleaning which is the most sanitary and deepest are Cost and feasibly. Cost: If a person decided to enter the carpet and upholstery cleaning industry and desired to purchase a truck mounted cleaning system they are looking at an average cost of $15,000 for a basic machine plus the additional costs of accessories, chemicals and the van. And even the van has to be the heavy duty versions to handle the added weight which is more expensive than the base models are. Also important to keep in mind a Truck mounted steam cleaning machine will require constant maintenance and care as well as operators who can operate them correctly. Enter "Dry Cleaning". These are in my opinion based on experience and studies I have read are inferior systems of which require equipment that can cost only a fraction of a Truck mount including the "Host" method, "Bonnet cleaning",encapsulation and others. The equipment is also far less complicated, expensive and a whole lot easier to maintain. These factors combined with the consumers lack of knowledge on these less effective systems makes it possible to start a Carpet Cleaning business for far less investment. Feasibility: Truck mounted steam cleaning is limited by the distance from the van to the job site. Usually 250' would max out the hose length, water pressure and vacuum power of the standard truck mount lending the need for more portability. Steam cleaning or hot water extraction can go portable with many machines available however produces far less heat, vacuum and pressure than a Truck mount and is time consuming, loud and less effective in cleaning vast areas of carpet. Hence "Dry cleaning" makes the scene by being able to gracefully and quietly surface clean mass areas in a fraction of the time and not being restrained by length can go anywhere. So my theory is if cost and feasibility were non issues there would be only one system out there, and it's of course Truck mounted steam cleaning.
By DirtBlasters.com 2/9/14
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