Manhattan KS Carpet Cleaning - Little Apple Carpet Cleaning

Manhattan KS FAQ by Little Apple Carpet Cleaning

What is a carpet protectant and how does it work?

A carpet protectant is applied to the surface of the carpet after cleaning. It provides a barrier which coats the individual fibers of the carpet.  When there is a spill or spot placed on the carpet, the protectant will prevent interaction between the carpet materials and contaminate, thus protecting it from damaging chemical reactions. These spots are much easier to remove saving you time and energy. The majority of carpets today are manufactured with carpet protectants build into them. This protectant wears off over time and will need to be reapplied by our qualified technician. You may be familiar with products like Teflon and Scotch-guard applied to kitchen pots and pans. These are also used commonly in carpet protectants and serve a similar function by reducing adherence of contaminates in a carpet.

How often should my carpets be cleaned?

According to IICRC guidelines, carpets should be cleaned every 12-18 months. This is also the recommendation made by the majority of carpet manufacturers.  It is important to clean carpets as a part of a regular maintenance for your home. This is true because carpet is essentially a large filter. It will absorb many contaminants ranging from dirt, bacteria, and oils, not all of which can be vacuumed out. As a result, a build-up of these contaminants will accumulate over time. The steam cleaning process is designed to cut through this build up and has been proven to provide virtually unlimited soil removal.

What should I do about spots on the carpet?

An important thing to remember about spot cleaning is to address it early. 90% or more of spots properly treated within a couple of days will come out.  Only when the spots are allowed to chemically react with the carpet fibers over time do they become permanent. Be sure to test whatever cleaner you are using in an inconspicuous area of the carpet first. This is very important because many cleaners will bleach carpets and can make the problem worse. Many home remedies are available online such as vinegar; hydrogen peroxide, non-bleach laundry detergent, or store bought cleaner based mixtures which can be effective for getting rid of common spots. A professional general spotter provided by our carpet cleaning technician is best because it is pH neutral and avoids any sticky residue that will lead to rapid re-soiling of the area. Our technician will also have available a professional spotting kit and use products and methods internationally recognized for treating spots when necessary. Additional tips for spot treating and maintenance are also provided at the time of the service specific to your individual set of circumstances.

Should the furniture be moved?

Having the furniture moved may vary depending on the specific project and/or cleaning budget. It is recommended that furniture in high traffic areas are moved and cleaned under every 12-18 months which correlates with the regular carpet cleaning interval. Smaller furniture such as end tables, ottomans, plants, coffee tables, etc., should be moved prior to the cleaners' arrival when possible. This will ensure a better initial assessment of the carpeted area for spots and service issues. In the case of beds, bookcases, entertainment centers, and other large items, these are often left in place. When this is the case, our technician will take into account any areas not available to clean and you will not be charged for them.  

Do I need to vacuum the carpets ahead of time?

Vacuuming the carpets beforehand is not necessary, but is appreciated.  In fact, it can save you money. Be sure to ask for details. If you prefer however, we can take care of that too. Vacuuming should be performed before the carpets are steam cleaned for faster dry times.  

How long until the carpets are dry and ready to use?

It is important to allow the carpets 1-3 hours to dry on most days after steam cleaning.  Frequent use before the carpets are completely dry can lead to rapid re-soiling of the carpet and subsequently should be avoided.  Excessive humidity can affect the dry time by a few hours for instance on a rainy day the carpets could take an hour or two longer to dry.  However, this can be offset by fans, heating and cooling units, or open windows which allow increased air circulation, thereby reducing dry time.

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  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) completed training