How do I choose a carpet cleaner ?
Pick carpet cleaners by asking and measuring how long they have been in business for starters. 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" such If they charge extra for so called "Deep Cleaning" they are crooks.
Ask if they are truck mounted steam cleaning. If not (i.e portable equipment), dry cleaning or other methods 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.
Ask if they are fully insured and for proof of insurance and if they 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.
Ask if your carpet cleaner if they have a 100% money back policy? We do and always stand behind our work or you don't pay.
Ask the carpet cleaner if they use a technician or a sub contractor? The owner of Dirt Blasters is the only technician you will have. No middle man, techs or subs.
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 will Emmit 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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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.
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