Carpet Cleaning Methods, Procedures, and FAQ’s
First: The 3 Main Reasons for Cleaning Carpets
Most people clean their carpets for appearance. They know that by removing all that deeply embedded dirt, their carpets will look, feel, and smell their very best. Some people clean for longevity, knowing that by removing all that abrasive dirt, their carpets will last significantly longer. But of course, the main reason we should be cleaning our carpets is for health. It has been proven that by cleaning carpets professionally with the hot water extraction method; the vast majority of pathogens that are brought in on our shoes and by other means are destroyed and removed, creating a cleaner and healthier living environment.
THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN CARPETS
Leading carpet manufacturers such as Shaw Industries and Mohawk recommend the Hot Water Extraction method (otherwise known as steam cleaning) as the best way to clean carpets. ALL CLEAN!, LLC uses the “Cadillac” of carpet cleaning truck-mounts (The Butler System) for a deep-down thorough steam cleaning. But we even go a step further… Most carpet cleaners use a manual wand. ALL CLEAN!, LLC uses the RotoVac Power Wand to give our customers multiple cleaning passes for approximately the same price as the old standard one-pass manual-wand carpet cleaning method.
Here's How it Works...
Clean hot water sprays into your carpet through four rotating spray jets, each of which are followed by four very powerful vacuum ports. Dirt, grease, and grime are all flushed out from way down deep within your carpet fibers. At over 200 deg. F., our process is hot enough to effectively kill bacteria, dust-mites, and just about any other pathogen that might be lurking inside your carpets. The hotter the water, the higher the water pressure, and the higher the suction power, the cleaner and dryer your carpets will be!
ALL CLEAN!, LLC vs. "Steemer" Companies
Most Steemer companies out there (like Stanley) use a “push/pull” manual wand. Unless the technician is highly motivated, this method will clean an area only one time in one direction. But with the RotoVac Power Wand, the slower we go, the MORE times an area will be cleaned! So instead of cleaning just 1 time, we clean approximately 50 times. And instead of cleaning in just one direction, we steam-clean in many directions, omnidirectionally.
The end result is that we clean every square foot of your carpet multiple times in many directions. Your carpets will be as clean as they possibly can be. We’re often told that we’re the best carpet cleaning company around. We hope you’ll agree!
We use the #1 Van Powered Carpet Cleaning Truck-mount
All of that pressurized hot water and high suction power comes from our truck-mounted system. This high-end system is the leading van-powered carpet cleaning system in the industry. With both of these tools (power wand and truck mount) at our disposal, you’re guaranteed to receive the best carpet cleaning possible, each and every time. One added benefit is that the suction power of our equipment is so intense, you should expect your carpets to be dry in just a few hours, not days like with some outfits out there. You won’t find a more thorough carpet cleaning, anywhere!
Save Money on Removing Surface Odors
With our method and equipment, you won’t need to spend extra on removing “wet doggie smells” and other surface odors. A thorough carpet cleaning will remove those surface odors from your carpet without having to spend additional money on odor control. On the other hand, if you have odors coming from pet urine that have gone under your carpet and into your backing, padding, and sub-floor… an entirely different procedure is required. Please visit our Pet Odor Removal page for details.
We Easily Remove Spots & Stains
We will remove mostly every spot and stain from your carpet, and that without any extra charge to you. For a full list of spots and stains that we can (and can not) remove, please read “Will all of the spots and stains come out of my carpet?” in our FAQ section below. Hire us and you’ll be amazed at the results we achieve. You’ll see why so many have generously given ALL CLEAN!, LLC the highest amount of five-star reviews in all of Bucks and Montgomery County!
Frequently Asked Questions about ALL CLEAN!, LLC
How often should I have my carpets professionally cleaned?
According to the major carpet manufacturers and the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification); frequently used carpet should be professionally cleaned by a qualified carpet cleaning company at least once every 12 to 18 months. Homes with pets and or with individuals who are allergy sensitive should be cleaned more frequently. This chart below is from the IICRC S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning and serves as a guideline for recommending cleaning frequencies for residential carpet.
Residential Carpet Cleaning Frequency Chart
Is there a difference between carpet cleaning companies?
Yes, there are often HUGE differences between carpet cleaning companies. Some carpet cleaners only invest as little as $1,000 in a portable machine. Others invest tens of thousands of dollars in their equipment. This provides the serious carpet cleaning company with higher water pressure, higher/consistent temperature levels, and greater suction power to pull all the dirt, soap, and, debris out of your carpet. There are also differences between truck-mounts, some having much higher power than average. Then there are the scant few who purchase power wands instead of manual wands. The results with this combination can be dramatic.
How long will it take for my carpets to dry?
When we leave your home the carpets will be slightly damp. How long that remaining moisture takes to dry depends on the temperature, humidity, and airflow in the rooms that we’ve cleaned. On average, dry times are usually within just a few hours. We never leave them soaking wet, just a little damp. We can advise at the time of your cleaning based on the weather of the day as to which drying technique is best for you.
What is the difference between Steam Cleaning and Hot Water Extraction?
Actually… There is no difference. Steam Cleaning and Hot Water Extraction are exactly the same carpet cleaning method. “Steam Cleaning” is more of a marketing term while “Hot Water Extraction” more accurately describes the method. Here’s how it works…
Hot water is sprayed into the carpet and is immediately sucked back out, flushing the dirt out with it. It truly is the best and most efficient way to clean carpets as long as the equipment is powerful enough.
One little tidbit… The truth of the matter is that nobody actually cleans with steam! Steam is just a byproduct of the hot water! It’s not used to clean. It’s the hot water that’s doing the cleaning!
Is there a big difference between hiring a professional and doing it myself with a rental machine?
Yes, absolutely. Please visit our Rug Doctor vs. ALL CLEAN!, LLC page for details.
Do you move furniture?
Yes. We’ll move a sofa, loveseat, and a full sized recliner for free. We’ll move a dining room table and dining room chairs for free. We’ll also move an ottoman and a couple of end tables for free. After that, we will charge a nominal fee of $10 for each of the larger pieces. We don’t move beds, dressers, armoires, nightstands that are full, pianos, entertainment centers, bookshelves, sectionals, or any other extra-large items that are not previously listed. Our focus is on delivering an incredibly deep down thorough cleaning in the areas that truly need to be cleaned while maintaining great value for our customers.
Do you offer in-home estimates?
I’m sorry, but we do not offer in-home estimates. Way too busy cleaning! My suggestion would be that if the prices we provide you with over the phone or via email sound reasonable, you can make an appointment and we’ll come out to your home to do the cleaning. At that point we will give you an exact quote before we start and if, for some reason, it’s not what you were expecting, then of course you are under no obligation to proceed.
What are the benefits to cleaning carpets?
a) Clean for Health.
Your carpets act as a filter – capturing an incredible amount of dust, pollen, dander, and a host of other contaminants. Annual removal of this build-up can help improve the health of you and your family. In fact, EPA research has shown that properly maintained carpet promotes improved indoor air quality for your home and your family.
b) Clean for Your Investment / Carpet Longevity
Your carpet is probably one of your largest investments that you have in your home. At today’s prices for installed carpet, you can see how important protecting your initial investment can be. Dirt is abrasive to your carpet fibers. Carpet cleaning with a truck-mounted system can considerably extend the life of your carpet by removing the abrasive dirt that a vacuum cleaner can not remove. In fact, if you perform the yearly maintenance that the carpet manufacturers recommend from the first year onward, you can expect your carpet to look almost like new after each cleaning with an extended carpet life of at least 5 to 10 years.
c) Clean for Appearance
Aside from the paint on your walls, nothing else can impact your home’s appearance like the cleanliness of your floors. By maintaining your carpets on a regular basis, you can expect to enjoy fine-looking carpets for years to come. We GUARANTEE that you will be thrilled with the appearance of your carpet once they’re cleaned by ALL CLEAN!, LLC.
How soon can I walk on my carpets?
You can walk on your carpets immediately when we’re finished as long as your shoes are clean. Just remember to try to keep your pets off until dry.
What cleaning method do you use?
We use a high powered truck-mount to do steam cleaning (hot water extraction). We use soft water cleaning, rotary process, non-toxic, no-residue cleaning.
How long have you been in business?
We’ve been in business full-time cleaning since 2005.
Are you any better than the franchises?
Will all of the spots and stains come out of my carpet?
Mostly every spot and stain will EASILY come out of your carpet with just our standard carpet cleaning process. Of those that remain, mostly every stain can be removed with a chemical-specific to the stain involved, at no extra charge. There are a couple of stains that require a significant amount of work to remove such as reds from dyes and filtration soil. For these, we need to charge an extra fee. On occasion, we do come across a stain that we cannot remove such as a furniture stain or a stain from hair dye. I’d venture to say that about 99.9% of every spot or stain that we come across will be totally gone by the time we are done!
What types of spots and stains are you able to get out of carpets?
We get the following spots and stains out included with the price of your cleaning*… Wine, soda, juice and food stains including coffee and chocolate are removed. We can remove organic matter such as blood stains, urine, feces, and vomit stains. Yes, we can even get out mold and mildew stains!
Also, for no extra charge*… We can remove fingernail polish, grease, gum, and ink stains. We also can remove candle wax, crayon, candy, lipstick, mascara, and eyeliner. We also get rust and water stains out. We can remove sticky adhesives left behind from tape. All at no extra charge!*
For an additional fee we remove filtration soil. (You know, that black line around the perimeter of your carpet caused from soot). We have to charge extra for that because it is very labor intensive.
Also, for an additional fee we can remove red stains such as from Gatorade. This requires opening windows, wearing a gas mask, and can take a considerable amount of time. Hence the reason we need to charge an additional fee for this service. This is the only chemical that we use on rare occasion that we don’t consider to be safe and prefer not to use it whenever possible.
Here’s what we can’t get out… We can’t get out large paint spills. Small drops of paint can be removed, but if the spill is too large we recommend repairing or replacing the carpet. The reason for this is the solvent that removes paint can also delaminate your carpet. That can happen if too much is used at one time. Therefore, only small amounts of paint can be removed at a time.
We also can’t get out hair dye, shoe polish, and some furniture stains. Other than that, mostly everything comes out without a problem.
*Under normal conditions (in over 99% of the houses that we clean) we don’t need to charge extra for these spots and stains. There are however rare exceptions in which staining is so extreme that an extra fee is required. Sometimes a repair or replace is advised. We’ll recommend what we believe to be best for your situation!
Do You Apply ScotchGard or Any Other Fabric Protecting Chemicals?
ALL CLEAN!, LLC will not apply any toxic chemicals such as ScotchGard to the carpet or upholstery that we’ve just cleaned for you. Though it is very profitable for a carpet cleaning company to apply and charge for these chemicals, it can be unsafe for you, your children, or your pets. The chemicals become airborne when applied and are inevitably inhaled by the occupants of the home. Sometimes they are touched by a baby or pet before the chemical dries. Consider that if ScotchGard can stick to your carpets for years, it can also stick to your lungs as well. It has been reported that it will even enter your bloodstream and remain there for years, as documented in the article below. My advice is to save your money and apply that money towards next year’s cleaning. At least 99% of all stains can be removed whether you have ScotchGard applied or not and most carpets should still be cleaned at least once a year anyway, with or without fabric protection.
“Here’s why stain repellents are simply doing us no good: All stain repellent finishes used in textiles are based on fluorotelomer chemistry – which means it pertains to chemicals which become perfluorocarbons (PFCs) when they are released into the environment. PFC’s break down in the body and in the environment to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanyl sulfate (PFOS) and similar chemicals. These are among the most persistent synthetic chemicals known to man. Scientists noticed in the 1970s that PFOS was showing up everywhere: in polar bears, dolphins, baby eagles, tap water and human blood. So did its cousin PFOA. These two man-made perfluorochemicals (PFOS and PFOA) don’t decompose in nature. They kill laboratory rats at higher doses, and are toxic to humans, with health effects ranging from birth or developmental effects to the brain and nervous system, immune system (including sensitization and allergies) and some forms of cancer. Once they are in the body, it takes decades to get them out – assuming you are exposed to no more.” Click here for the full article.
Is there a way to get bleach stains out of carpet?
Technically, a bleach stain isn’t actually a “stain” per se. It’s the absence of the dye that was originally in the carpet. So even though it’s not possible to clean the stain to make it go away, there are still 3 options that I know of that can fix this problem.
Replace: You could replace the entire carpet. But of course that would only be warranted if the stains were extremely bad or the entire carpet was in need of replacement anyway.
Repair: You could have a carpet installer repair just that section of carpet. If you don’t have a remnant, he’ll have to cut good carpet from in inconspicuous area. He’ll use that good carpet to replace it with the stained area.
Dye: With the first being rather costly and the second having a questionable outcome, my preferred method is to use an online company such as bleachstain.com. All you need to do is send them a small sample of your carpet and they’ll send you a vial of dye that matches your carpet’s color. My understanding is that it’s a high-quality dye that should last for years. If you try this method please let me know how it turns out for you. I’ve heard of great results from some of my other customers who have used them and it only costs about $100.
Do you clean apartments and condos?
My first question would be; how far from the nearest parking space is it to the furthest room to be cleaned? Since I use a truck mount I am limited with some apartments and condos due to a hose length of about 150 feet (or 50 paces). If you are interested; please confirm before calling that your furthest room to be cleaned is within 50 paces from the nearest parking space. This is not an issue with single dwelling houses.
Do I need to pre-vacuum?
No, you do not… Well, in most cases that is. Unless your floors are so full of debris that you can barely take a step without stepping on something, you need not worry about pre-vacuuming. We’ll take care of that for you.
What other services do you offer?
In addition to carpet cleaning, we also offer upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, rug cleaning, GREEN cleaning (applies to all services), odor remediation, general stain removal, spot removal, and pet stain & odor removal.
What forms of payment do you accept?
For your convenience, we accept Cash, Check, or Charge (VISA, Master Card, and Discover).
To schedule an appointment, or to just ask questions and inquire about prices, call 215-538-0290 or use the contact form to the right. We'll look forward to hearing from you!