Increase the life of your carpets through professional carpet cleaning
Chris Bailey of Bailey’s Floor Care in Leicester, who’s passion started with carpet cleaning back in May of 2000, explains why having your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis will extend the life of your investment.
At Bailey’s Floor Care, we’ve been cleaning carpets since 15th May 2000 across Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Northampton and have been asked on many, many occasions – “are my carpets worth cleaning… or should I buy new ones?” The truth is that most carpets only need professional cleaning to restore them to an almost like new state.
Why you want clean carpets
Have you ever noticed that only a few days after cleaning, you can see the dust everywhere, settled on the glass table tops and the like? Dust happens. Household dust carries bacteria, dander, mould spores, germs and pollen. To add to the flurry of grime, your family friends, pets and even that open window brings in fresh dirt all the time. A lot of it is settling on your carpet.
Between longer working days, time consuming commutes, and kids’ activities that keep the calendar full, who has time to worry about cleaning the carpets? Today, we’re spending less time on household tasks, yet we still expect excellent results. Lucky for us, carpet cleaning products, methods and equipment are improving all the time. Cleaning carpets may seem more like a chore than dusting the coffee table but properly cleaning and maintaining your carpets makes all the difference in the world.
Preserving the life of your carpets
With their rich colours, textures and intricate weaves, carpets and rugs can give any room a home-like feel. But the beauty and life of your carpet depends on the care it receives.
Just how long should a well-cared for carpets last? It’s hard to say. Believe it or not, you can find some 100-plus-year-old Oriental rugs still in use. But generally speaking, ten years is given as a guideline for quality carpets that are well maintained (12.4 years according to DuPont studies). Use manufacturers’ warranties as a guide to how long you can anticipate a particular carpet to last. And look at those warranties carefully – large carpet manufacturers are tying their new carpets warranties to proper cleaning and maintenance by professional carpet cleaning companies.
Improve your indoor air quality
Do you have allergies? Believe it or not, you can keep your carpet. Studies have shown that the carpet is better at trapping allergens than hard flooring such as tile or hardwood. How can this be? Particles and allergens fall to the floor (out of the breathing zine) and onto your carpets. The fibres of your carpets trap allergens and particles, reducing their continued circulation in the air. Proper cleaning with an upright vacuum cleaner effectively sucks up the dust in the carpets, locking it in the machine and keeping it out of the air.
Allergic to carpet itself? Not likely. Much of today’s carpets are made from plastic fibres, which most people aren’t allergic to. Of course, if you have a wool carpet and are allergic to wool, you have a problem. In that case, remove the wool carpet and replace it with carpets made with synthetic fibres.
Avoid premature replacement costs and disposal in landfills
Proper cleaning helps protect your carpet investment and safeguards you from having to replace it before its time – great news because it also keeps carpets out of the local dump.
Maintaining your carpet protects your wallet; just keep in mind that spending money to keep your carpet in top shape is a small amount to pay when compared to the cost of replacing it.
And keep post consumer carpets out of landfills is an environmental goal benefiting all of us. With more than 300 million people, and that number keeps growing, household waste is an environmental concern. Most school children today have learned the new “three R’s”, which stand for reduce, reuse and recycle. If spending a little extra effort and, yes, money, on your floor coverings help meet environmental goals, you may agree it’s worth it.