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 no 10/19/2013
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 service 10/19/2013
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.
Dispelling the old Steam Cleaning Myth 10/19/2013
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. By DirtBlasters.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
Dirt Blasters Carpet Cleaning Chooses TCS to Upgrade entire System
There is a season as the expression goes, and tis the season for us is to retire our aging heat exchange truck-mount unit with a brand new propane system. The decision to go propane was easy since they can produce more heat and sustain it much longer than heat exchaned units. Also the carpet cleaner can venture further away from the van and maintane this heat at these greater distances .
Will atTruckMounts.com a.k.a Truck Mounts & Cleaning Solutions has exhaustively worked with DirtBlasters.com in order to determine our exact needs regarding options, budget, choices and every scenerio imaginable.
It's as low pressure as it gets with support that is unmatched.
Will determined since we do not regularly need 2 technicians simultaniously or 600 ft of hose on a job we would be best served with their best seller dubbed "the Warrior" pictured above.
Our schedule is on ice until January 19th 2015 so to allow for installation.
We do recommend TCS in Atlanta if you are in the market for ongoing classes, for purchising new or used machines or equipment and of course an endless selection of natural or synthedic carpet and hard surface cleaners.
Dirt Blasters Carpet Cleaning Inc.1/9/2015
Dirt Blasters Van gets new Engine!
We are excited about our brand new engine going in our Chevy Express van. It is a remanufactured long block 5.7
Installation is completed. Yay! 2/10/15
No techs (owner operated)