Popular Carpet Cleaning Misconceptions
We’ve been providing professional carpet cleaning services in Bellevue & Redmond for more than 10 years, and during this time, we’ve learned that there are a wide variety of misconceptions about the carpet cleaning process. While some of these misconceptions can easily be cleared up, some can cause significant damage to your home’s expensive carpeting.
As a result, we decided that it would be a good idea to compile a list of the most prevalent carpet cleaning misconceptions, in order to make you a savvy consumer.
True or False?
1. You should wait until your carpet looks dirty before having it cleaned – False
Today’s modern carpeting materials tend to trap and conceal dirt better than their predecessors, which means that it may take longer for your carpeting to appear dirty, even though it actually is. In addition to dirt, your carpet will also trap dust, pollen, mold spores, car exhaust, cigarette smoke, and countless other types of harmful chemicals and allergens, which can lead to allergic reactions for your loved ones.
Most importantly, dirt—as anyone who’s spent a day at the beach will tell you—is an abrasive, which grinds away at your carpet’s fiber every time you walk on it. This means that the longer you wait to have your carpets professionally cleaned, the more damage you’ll do. What’s more, because dirt reduces the life expectancy of your carpet, you may not be aware that the manufacturer requires it to be cleaned on a regular basis—otherwise, you could risk invalidating your valuable warranty.
2. All carpet cleaning methods are created equal – False
Far and away, the best method for cleaning your carpet is Hot Water Extraction. Nothing else even comes close.
Hot Water Extraction works by heating water to 275 degrees, combining it with a professional cleaning solution, and then injecting the mixture into your carpeting at high pressure. This works to thoroughly break up dirt, pollen, bacteria, and other contaminants, which are then suctioned out through the nozzle. Thereafter, your carpet will typically be ready to use within 2-3 hours. Learn more here.
3. Anyone can properly clean carpets. All you need is the right equipment – False
Owning a Hot Water Extraction system isn’t enough—your Eastside carpet cleaning professional should know how to properly use the system in order to maximize your cleaning. This is why all ComfoClean technicians are fully trained, and are committed to providing you with the best carpet cleaning experience possible.
4. All carpet cleaners are the same, so you should choose one based on price – False
The first thing to keep in mind is that the low-priced offer you’re seeing may not be for the service you actually need. For example, if you simply need a light cleaning, there are countless companies that can provide this for you. However, if you’re looking for a deep, penetrating clean, you need the best equipment (such as our Hot Water Extraction system), which would be reflected in the overall price.
The second point to remember is that the price you’re seeing may not be the price you pay. For example, some of the less scrupulous carpet cleaning companies will quote you at one price (say $5.95 per room), but will use a “bait and switch” tactic after you’ve already invited them into your home. Carpet cleaners who do this are actually breaking the law, and should never be tolerated.
5. All carpet cleaners calculate their prices the same way – False
Most reputable Bellevue carpet cleaning companies will calculate their quote on a per-room basis, which means they’ll need to know the following information:
- Number of rooms
- Measurements of each room
- If your living and dining rooms are combined
- Number of bathrooms, halls, and closets
- If there are any stairs
- Age and color of your carpet
- The last time you had your carpet cleaned
With all of this in mind, if you’re thinking about having your carpets professionally cleaned, we recommend doing the following:
Recommendation #1: Make the Commitment
You understand the immense benefit that a professional carpet cleaning can have, so the first step is to commit to regular cleanings. After all, each day that you put off the inevitable, the more pollen, fungus, chemicals, and other allergens/irritants they’ll accumulate, potentially putting your family’s health at risk.
Recommendation #2: Know Your Objectives
In other words, what are you looking to accomplish by cleaning your carpets?
For example, if you simply want to remove surface dirt, you may be able to achieve this by renting a machine from your local grocery store. On the other hand, if you want a powerful, sanitizing deep clean that only a truck-mounted unit can provide, you’ll need to count on a professional service such as ComforClean.
This also entails knowing what type of company you want to invite into your home. Do you want a professional, reputable company like ComfoClean who provides upfront pricing with no hidden charges, courteous staff who takes immense care with your property, and a company who never shares your information, or do you want some bargain-basement company that will tease you with an unrealistically low price and then nickel-and-dime you every chance they get?
Recommendation #3: Ask Questions
After you’ve made your choice for a carpet cleaning company, ask them to stop by your home and then request a written quote. As long as you read through the fine print and understand what the quote entails, you shouldn’t have to worry about any surprise increases on cleaning day.
For additional information, we’d recommend taking a look at our “How to Choose a Carpet Cleaner”
Have a question of your own about carpet cleaning, or want to find out more about our 100% satisfaction guarantee? Call ComfoClean today!