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  • Frugal Minimalism - Maximize the Life of Your Carpet
  • Tracy Freese
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Frugal Minimalism - Maximize the Life of Your Carpet


Carpets are a mainstay of flooring in homes and offices, and as such there is an entire industry dedicated to their care and maintenance. Regardless of how much time and effort you put into keeping your carpets in tip-top condition, there will likely come a time when you need to seek professional carpet cleaning services. Certainly, there are aspects of daily care that can extend the lifespan of your carpets and minimize the need for professional carpet cleaning. Scotchgarding protects against spills, regular vacuuming can prevent the buildup of dirt and debris, and immediate cleaning of spills can keep your carpets in excellent condition, but there are still many good reasons why you should hire a professional carpet cleaner.

More thorough than even your regular carpet care, professional carpet cleaning utilizes steam and hot water extraction methods that penetrate deep into carpet fibres. While you may be tempted to take a do it yourself approach, there are a number of distinct advantages to professional cleaning. First of all, since steam cleaning your carpet is recommended once every two years, the costs associated with this duty are minimal. Though you may feel you save money by doing it on your own, you are probably only partially correct. Professional carpet cleaners have industrial equipment and extensive knowledge of carpet cleaning chemicals so they will choose the right products for your job.

In fact, one of the biggest mistakes home or business owners make in cleaning their own carpets is choosing a cleaning chemical that ultimately ends up damaging the carpet. So potentially, you could be faced with the expensive replacement of your carpets whereas you were hoping to save a few bucks on your cleaning costs. Still, even if you choose an appropriate cleaner, you may not know the appropriate amount to use and your carpets may not be as thoroughly cleaned.

In addition, as part of a professional carpet cleaning service, your cleaner will effectively dry your carpets in order to prevent the formation of mold and mildew. While there will be some dampness after your professional cleaning, do-it-yourself cleaners often do not have the best equipment and the carpets are left far too wet.

Finally, professional carpet cleaners not only consider the actual cleaning job, but also the impact on chemicals and cleaners on the environment*. For example, a professional cleaner will use chemicals that are not harmful to pets or children when they are cleaning homes, but may choose stronger cleaners in office or business environments.

While you may feel confident in your ability to clean your own carpets, hiring a professional should give you peace of mind that the job will be completed correctly so that your carpets last longer.

*As reported by Alex Pupkin
  • Tracy Freese
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