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)

Updated carpet cleaning coupons for the Lake Norman area

The new carpet cleaning coupons have been posted on our website at . This is a great time of the year to get excellant deals as many of the carpet cleaners are lowering their prices. Call now at 704-663-2787 to take advantage of thes great deals before the holiday season begins.

As Fall arives I want to thank all of our loyal customers who had carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, upholstered furniture cleaning, ducts and dryer vents cleaning, tile cleaning, pet accident cleaning, pet odor treatment, and water damage services performed by us this past summer. We will continue to reward your loyal support with great deals during the fall and winter months! Call Sheila in October 2011 to make your arrangements before the holiday season arrives so that we can reserve your appointment early.

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.

Think your pets are the source of your cleaning problems?

We love our pets, we treat them like our children. We tell them how much we love them, and we scold them when they are bad. We also have to potty train them like our children. Unlike our children that wear diapers, our pets don’t wear protection and are frequently left unattended in our homes. So when they have an accident, the best way to save your flooring is to call a professional to come out and clean up the accident. Some accidents are minor, which most homeowners try to take care of themselves, but others are more invasive and require a professional with special chemicals to properly remove the accident and save your flooring from irrepairable damage. Yes, it can be costly to have a professional come out and clean your carpet, area rug, ceramic tile and grout, couch, or chair. However if it’s not done in a timely manner, your going to incur a larger expense by replacing your flooring sooner than later.

Although our pets are the most obvious and visible reason for the wear and tear on our carpet, area rugs, and hardwood floors, there is another danger out there lurking around our homes that is less visible and tends to go unattended. The soil that is tracked in our house by our kids, our friends, our pets, and our shoes is a danger to our floors that will destroy our floors and lead to costly expenses in repairs and replacement. Soemtimes, it is not as visible as a pet accident, and it hides itself extremely well in carpet. Left alone it will destroy your flooring. It acts like an abraisive that will scratch your hardwood floor and abraid your carpet fibers creating the dreaded “Ugly out” or “Brown out” condition that can never be restored. Sweep and vacuum your hardwoods and carpets on a regular basis. A couple of times a week if necessary. Use only recommended cleaning products for normal maintenance. And call a professional, when the situation warrants. You will save yourself a lot more in the long run.

Surviving hurricane Irene

I hope everone up and down the east coast made it through Irene with their health. We’ve been through several of these natural disasters in the past (Hugo, Northridge earthquake, Wittier Narrows earthquake, and countless fire), but this one did not seem as distructive. Always important to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

In the aftermath, if you had water damage make sure to take proactive measures to prevent mold and sustain a healthy environment. Don’t wait, if you suspect that you have damages in your crawl space, your subfloor, your padding and carpet, and especially in your HVAC system and walls, call a professional to come out and mitigate your circumstances. Look for the obvious, standing water, musty odors, and wet walls. Mold will hide in places that you never see. If you see or sense any symptoms, it’s time to act. Your health is most important.

If you have any questions, call Sheila at (704) 663-2787 and she’ll help point you in the right direction.

Make sure to look at our available coupons for great savings on water damage restoration, carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, carpet repairs, tile cleaning, upholstery cleaning, pet accident and pet odor treatment.

Neighborhood specials

Sheila will be putting out flyers in specific neighborhoods for unbelievable deals for on the spot carpet cleaning while we’re in your neighborhood. Just fill out the form, tape it to your front door and we’ll be there that day to clean your carpets. These deals are priced so low that we can only afford to do them that day while we’re in your neighborhood.
While we’re there, make sure to ask the technician about area rug cleaning, duct cleaning, tile cleaning, upholstered furniture cleaning, carpet restretching (get the wrinkles out), car interior cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning.

Carpet cleaning coupons for the Lake Norman, NC and surrounding areas

Go to our coupon page under client area to get our latest hot and sizzling deals. Or just click on the following link and take advantage of these great back to school specials for carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, tile cleaning, duct cleaning and sanitizing, and carpet stretching before the end of August.

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.

Sizzlin’ Summer Specials

Go to the coupon section in the Client Area tab to see our latest specials for carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, tile cleaning, furniture cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and duct cleaning