Today we’re discussing the main methods utilized in the cleaning industry so you can be more comfortable and informed when making a decision on what cleaning services you use.
At Stanley Steemer, we understand that bringing a cleaning company into your home is an investment, which is why we want to help you make sure that you’re picking a company that gets the job done right the first time.
Here are 3 common methods used by most cleaning services:
Hot Water Extraction: This is the method we use at Stanley Steemer. This technique is also referred to as “steam cleaning”. However, steam is not what ultimately cleans your floor. High temperature water and cleaning solutions are infused into the carpet and removed with our state-of-the-art truck-mounted vacuums. This is the most effective method of carpet cleaning, and it is the strategy utilized by almost all carpet producers and manufacturers.
Dry Cleaning: Certain cleaning companies use a powder that is blended with cleaning agents that are spread into carpets and flooring by using a pivoting or circulating brush-like machine. The powder dislodges dirt and particles that are later vacuumed up. In spite of the fact that this method is one of the quickest available, it is unable to accomplish the deep and thorough clean that you need. It is also difficult to expel the powder completely.
Shampooing: Shampooing involves a cleaning solvent that is applied directly into the carpeting using a special cleaning machine that then extracts the solvent. This is a straightforward strategy that can actually be done by yourself at home. However, be careful when incorporating this cleaning method. Without proper vacuum suction the residual soap will just end up attracting even more dirt over time. Furthermore, the scrubbing brushes on machines can ultimately harm and shred carpet strands.
Once you’ve decided on a cleaning method that is right for you, it’s important to confirm that your cleaning company of choice is accredited and guaranteed safe for the whole family. At Steemer of South Florida, we take pride in our professional training standards:
- IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) – The nations leading carpet cleaning institute, they set the standards for the cleaning industry. All Stanley Steemer technicians are trained in the proper IICRC methods by official IICRC certified professionals.
- U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) – A government agency created for the task of protecting human health and the environment as a whole. At Steemer, our carpet and upholstery cleaning solutions & techniques are certified by the EPA Safer Choice program because they are the safest choices to use for your family, pets and the environment.
- AAFA (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) – The leading and most respected organization in America that is dedicated to those who suffer from asthma and allergies. Our patented cleaning process has been tested by accredited laboratories and is the first cleaning process in the nation to be certified by AAFA in the three major cleaning categories of carpet, tile/grout and hardwood.
If you’re going to get your home professionally cleaned, do it with a company you can trust. At Steemer of South Florida, we are fully accredited and professionally trained. Call us today to learn about all of our fall deals!