Choosing a Carpet Cleaner

August 20, 2013
How can you assure yourself that the carpet cleaner you hire is up to the job?

Unqualified cleaners using unsuitable or outdated equipment are out there doing a poor job and leaving customers with damp, smelly and unhealthy carpets. You need to ensure you don't hire one of those.

Firstly, ask any potential carpet cleaner if they are a member of one of the two national accreditation bodies and if they say yes check it on the associations web site. This will at least tell you they are both serious about their job and have been assessed as competent to clean carpets and upholstery with the correct equipment. Beware of those that say, for example 'trained by' yet are not members of an association. Members not only have to be trained by the association but also have to pass a formal exam and have their work assessed as competent.

Secondly ask them if they have 'treatment risk' insurance cover. This ensures that in the rare event that something goes wrong you as the customer do not bear the cost of replacement. Every professional cleaning company will have this cover and will be able to show you the written cover document. If they don't have it go somewhere else.
 

No Shoe Policy

August 17, 2013
It's starting to get wetter and sorry but autumn is just around the corner. Now is a great time to start a no shoes past the door policy. Get it going now and save those carpets from winter damage.

It's also a great time to get new door mats and barrier mats. They both deteriorate in offloading soil-age from feet so get new ones while there cheaper in the late summer. I bet the prices go up as soon as bad weather starts.
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Dye transfer from socks

August 16, 2013
Do you have a light coloured carpet? Do you have darker areas in front of sofas and chairs? Do you or your family sit with only their socks on? Are those socks cotton rich and dark coloured?

If your answer to the above is yes then you are probably suffering, in part at least, from dye transfer from the socks.

Our feet are moist and warm which can allow the dye from the cotton rich part of the socks to migrate onto the carpet pile as you move your feet over the carpet. Worst offenders are are yo...
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