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Misconceptions of Hot Water Extraction Cleaning

Here’s a few misconceptions to Hot Water Extraction Cleaning.

  1. It causes mold & mildew.  Our system is so efficient at removing water that most carpet typically dries within a few hours especially if fans are applied as we are cleaning the house.  Circulating air & turning up the heat decreases the dry time too.
  2. It shortens the life of the carpet.  Doesn’t make sense since most carpet manufacturers require hot water extraction cleaning method to maintain their 15 year warranties.

By washing & then rinsing your carpet with hot water-we clean your carpet completely.  Just like a person taking a shower with hot water, washing with soap & rinsing will be much cleaner than the person who takes a sponge bath.  Hot water not only cleans better, faster & with less cleaning agents it also dries much quicker & sanitizes your carpet.  This makes your carpet at home free of dust mites & other harmful microorganisms for a safer, healthier environment.

If you are in Anchorage or the Mat Su Valley give us a call and we’d be happy to clean your carpets for you!

October 26, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning vs Dry Carpet Cleaning

Is one method better than an another?  Depends.  There are several types of dry cleaning with varying degrees of effectiveness.  At TCM we use hot water extraction because  we feel it is the most thorough cleaning we can give our clients.

Many people think dry cleaning your carpet is like dry cleaning your clothes.  This is not true.  Clothes are dry cleaned with waterlesss liquid that is an intense solvent cleaner.  They are not used in carpet because the solvents would dissolve the latex glues that bind the carpet fibers to the backing.

The truth is all carpet cleaning methods use water.  Some more than others.

Some companies use low moisture cleaning because the carpet dries fast, technicians can work very fast and the price is cheaper than hot water extraction.

3 Methods of “Dry” or Low Moisture Carpet Cleaning

Dry Foam Method  This is when the carpet cleaner uses dry foam.  He applies shampoo to your carpet, allows it to dry then vacuums it up.

Can you imagine washing your hair with shampoo, letting it dry and then removing the shampoo from your head with a vacuum??  This method can leave a residue in your carpet which is one reason why dry foam is not very effective.

Dry Chemical Process  The dry-chem method is similar to dry foam.  The difference when dry chem is used the carpet cleaner sets a large cotton pad (technical term bonnet) on your carpet.   A rotary machine is used, the bonnet spins from side to side absorbing the dirt that’s in the carpet.   After the bonnet is saturated with dirt another cotton bonnet is applied. This can be effective for lightly soiled areas.  However for a carpet that is very soiled it is like using a large towel to rub the dirt out of your carpet.

Dry Compound Cleaning  This is similar to dry foam.  The cleaning solution mechanically lifts the dirt to the surface of a light foam.  When the carpet is dry an acrylic polymer additive in the cleaning solution crystallizes.   It then cracks off the fiber when the vacuum runs over the carpeting.   This method is fairly new and seems to work well on commercial made carpeting.

Now About What We Use….

Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning

Also referred as “steam cleaning” even though actual steam is not used.  It’s a hot water cleaning solution under high pressure forced into the carpet fibers & extracted with a powerful vacuum system.  We use state of the art truck mounted extractors in our vans.

Research says rinsing is best!  The main benefit to hot water extraction carpet cleaning is the flushing action of the water moving through the fibers.   SHAW industries (one of the world’s biggest carpet manufacturers)  has done testing on professional cleaning systems and determined the amount of soil removed from carpet is in result of how much water is being used to rinse the carpet after cleaning solutions were applied.

 A very powerful vacuum system must be used to remove the soiled water.

There are 2 types of extraction systems.

Portable Extraction which is usually a 5-12 gallon machine.  Portable systems can deliver great results if the technician is experienced & knowledgeable.   These units don’t produce as much heat but they can do a good job cleaning.  They come in handy in upper level floors of buildings when hoses from a van couldn’t possibly reach.

Truck Mount Extraction  This is a large machine mounted in a van or a truck.  These systems work well and makes cleaning fast & efficient.  The truck generates 190-260 degree heat which aids tremendously in soil removal.  The cleaning solutions are automatically fed into the machine at a precise rate & the truck contains water tanks for fresh and waste water.

Hot water extraction cleans MUCH better than the other processes because it shoots the cleaning solution into the carpet at a higher pressure which breaks down dirt, bacteria & pollens.  Then the machine uses high velocity suction to draw the dirt out of the carpet.

The most effective way to clean carpet is with a high volume extraction unit.  At TCM Restoration & Cleaning we use truck mounted extractors in all of our vans.    We know it is the only way to thoroughly clean carpet of all the nasty dirt, bacteria, fungus, dust mites, chemicals, pollens & tobacco residue.

October 21, 2015 Posted by | carpet cleaning, carpet cleaning methods | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

October is National Fire Safety Month

            

Now that it is colder and officially heating season, it also brings fire dangers.   It’s time to review fire safety tips with your family so you will be prepared in the event of a fire emergency. This is a good time to make sure that your home and belongings are insured properly before an incident.

The best way to practice fire safety is to prevent one in the first place.  A tragedy such as a fire can happen at any moment.

Everyone should always be aware of potential hazards in their home.  Here are some useful tips:

  1. Everyone should be aware of potential hazards in their home.
  2. Every home should have working smoke detectors.
  3. Check all electrical appliances, cords and outlets.  Make sure they are in good condition without loose or frayed cords or plugs.
  4. Do NOT run electrical cords under rugs.
  5. Do NOT let lamps or night-lights touch bedspreads, curtains or other fabrics.
  6. Do NOT leave the kitchen if the stove is in use.  If you must leave the area turn off the burners.

In winter, heating overtakes cooking as the main cause of house fires. A primary danger is space heaters, especially the electric ones.  They are small and may seem harmless but placed close to furniture or curtains, they can be deadly.

NEVER leave a space heater on when you are not in the room. Do not go to sleep with it on. Use it to warm the bedroom, but shut it off before you climb into bed.

If you do have a fireplace, have the chimney cleaned professionally at least once a year, and make sure it’s kept clean.  If it’s an open fireplace make sure it is covered with a screen to keep the sparks from jumping out.

Most importantly, plan a “Get out, Stay out” plan for if your family ever has a fire.

Practice fire drills at home.  Identify a safe family meeting spot and practice it so everyone will know what to do in the event of an actual fire in the home. These drills can make the difference in the event of a real emergency. Fires are frightening and can cause panic. By rehearsing different scenarios, your family is less likely to waste precious time trying to figure out what to do. Test your plan. Have a drill in the middle of the night.

October 13, 2015 Posted by | Fire Safety Tips | , , , , , , | Leave a comment