PCS’s technicians are thorough. We inject a hot pre-conditioner to loosen dirt and oils that vacuum cleaners cannot remove. Our pre-conditioner contains over one dozen ingredients, each of which is effective on different types stains and dirt and will also enhance the color and brighten lighter carpets. We will steam clean your entire carpet with our deep-steam cleaning process. Your carpets will be cleaned and also remove deep down dirt like bacteria, pollens and chemicals.
Here are some examples of why you should clean your carpet:
Neglected animal stains have been a problem ever since people and animals bonded together in companionship. When animal stains occur, source removal or extraction by professional carpet cleaning with truck mounted equipment is always the best first step.
There are 2 types of reactions that can take place between an animal’s urine and fibers. Some dyes can change color as soon as urine come in contact with them. Often the original color can be restored by immediate application of a solution of, a) one part white vinegar to 2 parts water, or b) one tablespoon clear or sudsy, uncolored household ammonia in 1 cup of water. But first immediately blot up as much liquid as possible with white tissues or toweling. Apply solution. Blot up. Repeat the process. Then place several dry white terry clothes over the area and weigh down. Allow to dry a minimum of 6 hours. If immediate action is taken to remove the stain, little or no change in color should occur and that ‘accident’ will not become apparent after your carpet has been professionally cleaned.
The second reaction that can occur develops slowly over several days to several months and can result in permanent changes to dyes and fiber. Some fibers may become weakened or destroyed by the aged urine. The decomposing urine can also produce an objectionable odor. After cleaning, these areas are more obvious because the soils which hid the changed color and damaged fibers have been removed. Also, dyes weakened by urine can be removed or bleed during cleaning.
Benefits of Carpet
Enjoying the warmth of carpet that it brings to a home or business environment is even better when you consider some of its other benefits.
Carpet keeps the air you breathe cleaner by trapping dust particles and other allergens until they are vacuumed away. In fact, a number of studies show that with regular use and cleaning, carpet allows significantly fewer particles into the air than smooth flooring like hardwood or tile.
A major international survey of nearly 20,000 people in 18 countries was conducted in 2002 to investigate the association between asthma and a number of environmental factors. Tech resulting report, published in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, showed that people who lived in homes with wall-to-wall carpet showed fewer symptoms of asthma and allergies than those without.
Another study, which surveyed environmental factors in the homes of 4,800 school-aged children in New-jersey, found that children whose bedrooms were carpeted were absent from school less often and were less prone to respiratory diseases such as asthma.
Overseas, a report published in 1992 in Sweden reported that the installation of carpet had dropped dramatically since the mid-1970s to only 2% of the country’s total flooring market. Yet despite this reduction, the national rate of asthma and allergic reactions in the general public had increased significantly.
All the above evidence points to the fact that carpet can improve the quality of more than just your floors – it can improve your way of life. Whether you love carpet because the way it feels or looks, you can breathe easy knowing that it can also make your home or work place healthier.
In addition, carpet is easier and cheaper to maintain than hard-floor surfaces. Properly maintained carpet only needs vacuuming once or twice weekly and periodic extraction cleaning. The sweeping, mopping, stripping, waxing, and buffing that hard surface floors demand are more laborious and costly.
Finally, some facts about mold and mildew. Mold and mildew exist only where there is excess moisture and dirt coupled with poor cleaning and maintenance habits. Mold growth can occur on any surface – from windowpanes to carpet – that is not properly maintained and when moisture is extreme. Eliminating sources of excessive moisture, such as water leaks, and controlling humidity greatly offset the potential for mold to grow.
A carpet or rug may seem to change color in certain areas. Looked at from one angle, these areas appear to be lighter than the rest of the carpet. Viewed from another side, these areas appear darker. This condition is called shading. Carpet pile has a natural slope in one direction. As long as the tufts slant in the same direction, the carpet has uniform appearance. However, some of the tufts may slant against this normal pile lay, causing a variation in the way light is reflected from the carpet surface. Changes in the pile usually develop gradually in traffic areas or in front of frequently used articles of furniture. Shading occurs most frequently on dense, deep, velvety, cut-pile carpets. Many Chinese and dense-pile Indian rugs will show some pile distortion after use or the first cleaning. The problem is also most obvious on single or solid color carpets. In some cases, shading becomes more apparent after the carpet is cleaned which may lead you to believe that the shaded appearance developed during the cleaning process. But this phenomenon cannot occur overnight, it must develop gradually over time. The shading may not have been visible before cleaning because of lighting, the placement of furniture, or uniform soiling over the entire surface.Little can be done to prevent or correct shading; it is an inherent characteristic of certain types of carpet. It can be slowed by vacuuming or brushing the pile in one direction during daily or weekly maintenance, and by a reliable carpet cleaning or carpet maintenance schedule.
Sometimes carpets, rugs, or upholstery look different after they have been cleaned. The change is likely due to the removal of soil, revealing cleaner fibers that have in the previous process of becoming soiled, experienced some pile change or distortion.The appearance of a textile furnishing depends on various factors including texture. Foot traffic, rubbing, and normal wear cause the majority of soil accumulation. At the same time they also produce a physical change on the face yarns of a carpet or rug, or a piece of furniture. The physical change on these face yarns begins as soon as the textile furnishing is put to use.
A comparison of areas of a textile furnishing that are protected from use with those areas that are subject to the most use graphically demonstrate the effect of normal wear on a textile furnishing. These appearance and texture changes is a normal occurrence to be expected, and may appear as pile crushing, fussing, or blooming of tufts. The fiber used in the face yarns, yarn twist, pile density and the amount of wear over the area will determine the type and amount of distortion. Unfortunately and realistically the extent of this physical change cannot be completely determined until the soil has been removed by cleaning. These texture changes once they have occurred are usually permanent.