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How often should you clean your carpets? 

The biggest enemy of carpet is dirt. Soiled carpets wear out faster because foot traffic grinds dirt into fibers, causing them to fray. Then fibers unwind and mat together like dirty hair on a stray dog. The most effective defense against this kind of carpet wear is frequent cleaning. Carpets should be professionally cleaned at least once, preferably twice, a year.


Decisions, Decisions...Why have your carpets cleaned?

Dirt is as abrasive-as sandpaper. Every time you step on your carpet, you grind dirt into the carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet, just as if you had used a knife. This cutting causes your carpet to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last as long as a clean carpet. While vacuuming helps - by itself, it's simply not enough.  The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out. The only reason to clean your carpets is not dirt. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust and hundreds of other chemicals. When you come into your home or office, you carry those pollens, bacteria and chemicals in your hair and on your skin, clothing and shoes. Not surprisingly, all of those chemicals and toxins wind up in your carpet. If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems - one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus smoke and chemicals in your carpet.

Clean your carpet and you clean your air...What the experts have to say

Carpet cleanliness can improve indoor air quality which is often 10 to 100 times worse than outdoor air. Indoor air quality, a growing government and consumer concern, is forcing contract cleaners to focus on health as well as appearance. When properly maintained, carpet can improve indoor air quality, acting as a filter to hold soil, debris and other contaminants, and preventing them from becoming airborne. Routine carpet maintenance includes controlling the spread of dirt with entry mats, vacuuming with proper filtration and micro filter bags, and immediate spot removal. Regular vacuuming helps keep indoor air cleaner and extends carpet life. Vacuums have improved via stronger and better suction and use of filters that trap dirt down to 0.3 micron (a micron is one-millionth of a meter). It is equally important to regularly clean or replace vacuum filters to ensure efficiency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also recognizes the effect of regular carpet cleaning on indoor air. Cleaning includes regularly scheduled wet cleaning or extraction for total soil removal. Truck Mount Extraction cleaning is the most effective way to remove soil. Remember, carpet is a filter, clean your carpet - clean your air.

Steam Clean versus Dry Clean...What's the difference?

The dry cleaning methods - which are dry foam, dry chemicals, and dry compound - do not rinse your carpet in any way. You might say they clean your carpet only halfway. The most effective cleaning method is hot water extraction as the primary method of cleaning carpets. Carpet cleaners use one of two types of hot water extraction. If they use a large unit that operates from a van or truck outside your facility, it's called truck-mount extraction. If they use a small unit that can be brought inside, it's called portable extraction. Shaw's first choice is the truck-mounted unit-and it recommends the small, portable unit only in areas where the truck-mounted unit won't reach.

Carpet Protector: What is it and what does for your carpets

Carpet & Fabric Protectors give you an "Invisible Shield" as it replaces and enhances factory stain protection and extends the life and cleaning cycles of fabrics and carpets. Protectors improve fibers' resistance to oil-and water-based stains, as well as soiling from everyday use.  Under "normal" conditions and with reasonable care, carpet & fabric protectors will provide long lasting benefits.  Research has shown that carpet protector is very durable to foot traffic.  However, performance will diminish somewhat over time with each steam cleaning.  Carpet Protector should be reapplied by a professional carpet cleaner after the cleaning.  Reapplying after every cleaning can only enhance the protective properties of the treatment.  Regular vacuuming is essential.  Carpet protector helps keep dry soil and oily residues from sticking to the carpet fibers.  This makes routine vacuuming more efficient and delays the need for a general steam cleaning.  Carpet protector manufacturers recommend professional steam cleaning and carpet protection reapplication after steam cleanings.