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Consumer Awareness Message - Some Tips for caring for your carpet.

Misconception #1 You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet.
No. Dirt is an abrasive - like sandpaper. Every time you step on the carpet, you grind dirt into carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet, just as if you had a knife, causing it to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last nearly as long as a clean carpet. And while vacuuming helps - it by itself, simply is not enough. Then, the longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet, and the faster it wears out.

Misconception #2 The only reason to clean carpets is to get dirt out.
No. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, car exhaust, and hundreds of other chemicals. When you and your family members come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria, and chemicals in your hair and on your skin, clothes, and shoes. Not suprisingly, all those chemicals, pollens, and bacteria wind up -- you guessed it -- in your carpet.

Misconception #3 One method of carpet cleaning is as good as another.
No. You can choose between three primary methods. Steam cleaning, Dry Cleaning and The Network System. First I'll explain steam cleaning. This method uses hot water and heavy-duty chemicals, which are sprayed on the carpet, then instantly vacuumed out. Some carpet manufacturers require this type of cleaning or your warranty can be void. Because the cleaning solutions do not have much time to work on the dirt, this process must be repeated( often several times) in order to achieve satisfactory results. A final rinse is necessary to bring the chemicals in the carpet to a stable state. As you might imagine, the carpet can take quite some time to dry. And the longer a carpeted area stays wet, the higher the risk of resoiling. A moist carpet may be more than just a nuisance. It can be a breeding place for odors and unhealthy conditions such as mildew and bacteria. If steam is used we recommend following up with Turbo Dryers.

Next is dry cleaning. There are two most common methods of dry-cleaning a carpet. The first is Dry Foam, where a shampoo is applied to your carpet, allowed to dry, and then vacuumed up. This procrss leaves dirty residue and other particles trapped in your carpet. The other method uses a dry absorbant powder, which is spread all over the carpet. In this method, the dirt is supposed to cling to the cleaning powder and is removed by vacuuming. Again, not all of the dirt is able to be released (especially the soils imbedded within the fibers of the carpet) and some of the cleaning powder also remains at the base of the carpet yarn.

Last but certaintly not least is the Network Cleaning System. This begins with a thorough vacuuming. This is an essential step that rmoves dry particles that could not be removed from a wet carpet. Next, is the application of specially formulated solutions ( safe for your family, pets and the environment.) which emulsify the soils. An industrial orbital machine is then used to eliminate the surface dirt as well as raise the carpet's fibers to remove dirt hidden underneath. Along with rleasing the soils from the carpet, this spinning motion aids in the drying of the carpet. Not suprisingly, we consider the Network Cleaning System is the most effective way of achieving clean carpets. With its highly effective and safe solutions, in conjuction with the orbital machine, this process allows for thorough cleaning and quick drying.

Misconception #4 Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly. Not true. Many companies own similar equipment as ones using the Network System; however few teach their employees how to operate these supplies properly. This is why it's important that you choose your carpet cleaner carefully. Even the best equipment will not be effective if the proper training is not implemented. At The Cleaning Network, our training procedure ensures the safety of your carpets and furnishings, while providing the best results possible for your cleaning and restoration needs.

Misconception #5 The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.
Maybe-- but not always. Here are two important points to consider.
One-- The price may not be for the services you expect to be performed. The company may be equipped to remove only the dirt from your carpet, leaving behind bacteria, fungus, pollens, dust mites and tobacco residues behind.
Two-- The price you see advertised may not be the price you pay. Many homeowners have learned that the low price they saw advertised was not the price they were charged. ANd if you ever hired a carpet cleaner, you too might have been the victim of false or misleading advertisement. You probably learned the hard way that some carpet cleaners offer a cheap price and then pressure you into paying a lot more once they get inside your home. As in all businesses and proffessions, the carpet cleaning industry has its share of bad apples. I take no pleasure in telling you this, but some are unethical and even, sadly, a few are dishonest.

Then you'll find other carpet cleaners, professionals like me who work hard to earn your trust and respect. As a way of improving our profession, I've dedicated my business to educating the public. The only way you can make an intelligent decision is to have all the facts you need. This is why I've recorded this message.

Misconception #6 Any honest carpet cleaning company should be able to give you an exact price over the phone.
Honest, reputable carpet cleaning companies almost never price carpet cleaning by the room. Instead, carpet cleaning is usually priced by the square foot. So, if you'd like the exact cost of your cleaning, you need to know the exact number of square feet to be cleaned. If you have a rough idea of the size of the room or rooms you want cleaned, then I can give you an approximate cost over the phone. To get an exact number, I use a measuring device to calculate the size of the carpeted area.
To give you an idea on how we estimate the cost of cleaning, here are are the three things we consider:
1. The type of carpet. Certain types of carpets are harder to clean than others.

2. The amount of soiling. Carpet that hasn't been cleaned for years will take longer to clean than one we cleaned six months ago.

3. The furniture. If furniture is to be moved, we charge for that area to be cleaned. But if you only wish to have the traffic areas cleaned , we charge accordingly. For example, if you don't want the carpeting under a couch cleaned, then you won't be charged for the entire size of that room.

To schedule a your free carpet estimate and carpet cleaning,
call now 781-286-8600


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