Who is the IICRC and why should I use an IICRC accredited business to clean my carpets, area rugs, and upholstered furniture?

The IICRC is the governing oranizaion over the carpet cleaning industry. They have a committee that creates and revises the IICRC standards which establish proceedures for the carpet cleaning process (also tile cleaning, hardwood cleaning, area rug cleaning, pet treatments, odor control, green products, and more). Also, the IICRC is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developing organization. All of the IICRC Standards have gone through the ANSI accredidation prcess.

In addition to the creation and revision of standards, the IICRC also supports educational efforts by members. If you hire a member IICRC Carpet Cleaning Company then you are hiring an educated carpet cleaner. With the large variety of carpet fibers and protection products being used to condition the carpet fibers, it’s critical to have a professional carpet cleaner that understands the appropriate cleaning chemicals and protection chemicals to use for your application. Next time you call a Carpet Cleaner, ask them if they are IICRC approved. Look them up on the IICRC website to assure that they are in good standing. Visit the IICRC website at www.iicrc.org. (Now known as The Clean Trust)

Do it yourself carpet cleaing?

It’s understandabe that many people will go out and rent or buy an inexpensive carpet cleaning machine in order to save money on carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, and upholstery cleaning (not recommended for tile and grout cleanin). And maybe that is all you can afford to do. That fact of the matter is that most of these machines lack the power that is needed to deep clean your carpets. Yes, you may remove the bladder that holds the waste water and see that it is dirty, but did that really remove all of the dirt that is deep down in your carpet or upholstery? If you are using a rental unit, you may want to continue to clean until you see that the waste water is relatively clean. Even then, you may not be getting out the dirt or soil that has ventured it’s way to the bottom of your carpet. Some of these units just lack the power to deep clean your carpet, area rugs, and even your upholstered furniture.

It’s critical to make sure that you do not overuse the cleaning product that you are using to clean your carpets. If you do not have a machine that is powerful enough to remove all of the soap that you applied to your carpet, and residue gets left behind in your carpet, it will cause more problems down the road. Soap particles that are left in the carpet attract soil. Soil scratches or abraids the fibers and will lead to conditions that will cause your carpets wear out sooner. Many of the carpet manufacturers will only warrant your carpet if it has been professionally cleaned by the water extraction method every 12-18 months (make sure that you keep documentation if your are professionally cleaning your carpet).

You may save money in the short run by using rental equipment or buying a carpet cleaning machine, but it may cost you much more money in the long run. It’s much easier to absorb a $100-200 carpet, rug or tile cleaning job done by a professional, than absorbing the cost to repace your carpet which may cost thousands of dollars. Don’t be penny-wise at the expense of being pound foolish. Also, it’s important to spend a little extra money to have a stain guard treatment applied to your carpet after it has been cleaned. Some carpets do not require stain guard treatment (such as solution dyed fibers), so check the type of carpet that you have to verify whether or not stain guard teatment is needed.

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Carpet types and cleaning

Understanding the type of carpet that you are cleaning is critical for carpet cleaner technicians. Each of the main fibers that are used in the manufacturing of carpet have their own characteristics, which determines how the carpet should be cleaned. The following fibers are the most common fibers found in carpets:

1) Nylon – the most durable of fibers and is best suited for higher traffic areas in residential environments (I’ll keep this blog limited to residential as opposed to commercial carpets). It’s the easiest fiber to clean because it does not attact soily oils. However, many of the nylon carpets are not solutioned dyed, which makes it the easiest carpet to stain. It’s critical for nylon to have protection to keep it from surviving it’s desired life expectancy.

2) Olefin (also referred to as polypropelyne) – does not have the strength and durability of nylon. It will abraid and “brown out” or “ugly out” the quickest of all fibers. It attracts oily soils very easily, but it is a very easy carpet to professionally clean, because the fiber is naturally stain resistant (solution dyed colors). This allows the carpet cleaner to become more agressive with the chemicals that he/she is using.

3) Polyester – is naturally stain resistant as well (remember the polyester clothes worn back in the disco days – you could spill a drink on yourself and it would just roll off). It doesn’t have the wear characteristics as nylon, but the industry has made progress over the years to make it a viable, less expensive option to the residential consumer. It’s very good for areas where the consumer is concerned about spills and stains. Because it is only semiresistant to bleaches and some high PH chemicals, the carpet cleaner cannot be as agressive in cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning frequency

The question often arises, “how often should I clean my carpets and area rugs”?

Many factors come into play on this one, such as “what type of fiber do you have?”, “how much traffic do you get on your carpet?”, “do you have pets?”, “how often do you vaccum?”, etc. The answer lies in the questions above. However, most manufacturer’s required you to clean you carpets every 12-18 months by professional carpet cleaners in order to maintain your warranty. Similar to a vehicle or any other high cost product that you buy, it’s important to maintain your investment in order to get the maximum amount of life out of it. The days of having to change the oil in your car every 3000 miles are over with. Computer chips tell us how often to change the oil in our vehicles. Unfortunately, there is no such technology in our carpets to tell us when to clean them. Even though the manufacturer’s require you to professionally clean your carpets every 12-18 months, that may not be good enough based upon the factors listed above. If you look at the appearance of your carpet and it appears to need cleaning, don’t wait. Be proactive with your cleaning, and call a professional carpet cleaner. Be careful about using rental equipment or store puchased cleaning machines. They may save you money in the short run, however, they are generally not an effective way to clean your carpets and may cause more damage and costs in repairs and replacement in the long run. Carpets and some area rugs are made out of durable synthetic fibers, however, when they are abraided or cut, they lose there luster. Once that has happened, there is nothing that the carpet cleaning company can do to revive it.

Call PCS of Lake Norman at (704) 663-2787 or Lake Norman Floors at (704) 528-5109 if you have any questions.

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Hello Lake Norman

Welcome to the PCS Lake Norman Blog (Professional Carpet Systems of Lake Norman). We have been in the carpet cleaning business in the Lake Norman area for the past 6 years servicing Huntersville NC, Cornelius NC, Davidson NC, Mooresville NC, Troutman NC, Statesville NC, Denver NC, Terrell NC, Sherrills Ford NC, and Mount Holly NC, as well as North Charlotte NC. We are a carpet cleaning company that specializes in Pet Accident and Pet Odor removal techniques. We also perform area rug cleaning, upholstered furniture cleaning, tile cleaning, duct cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning, in both commercial and residential places. We also have a 24 hour hotline for water damage services. PCS Lake Norman is also part of an organization that owns Lake Norman Floors as well. Please visit their website at www.lakenormanfloors.net for all of your flooring needs in the Lake Norman area.

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We look forward to developing a long term relationship with you, our customer, giving you the most professional carpet cleaners service in the Lake Norman area.

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