Call Today! Portland (503)335-3915
Vancouver (360)906-0080
Services Link Portland Carpet Cleaners Portland Carpet Cleaners Portland Carpet Cleaners
Committed to excellence
Committed to excellence
Carpet Cleaning
Carpet Cleaning
Carpet Cleaning
Committed to excellence
Carpet Cleaning
Committed to excellence
Committed to excellence
""
Committed to excellence
Committed to excellence
Committed to excellence

Carpet Critters and Crud

A guide to the slime, grime, and livestock that's sleeping, creeping and galloping through your carpet and the best methods to get rid of them.

Have you ever heard the term "Bed Bug?"

Did your Mother ever say to you "This room looks like it's crawling!?!" Well in the innocence of both of those comments, there is some truth. Have you ever heard of a dust mite? These microscopic bugs feed on bacteria, food particles, fungus, hair, skin, pet stains, urine, vomit and of course dust. All of these things as well as asphalt, bacteria, car exhaust, chemicals, dirt, germs, industrial waste, lint, pollens and tobacco smoke are brought in from the outdoors. All of these things together are a big reason indoor air quality is so much worse than outdoor air quality. You see, these things are brought in and have no real way to get out. There is a living element in your carpet, furniture, and beds that will not dissipate by itself. In fact it will grow and grow until ACTION is taken. You must have a qualified technician using Hot Water Extraction clean your carpets and upholstery. You must have these unwanted elements removed from your carpets and eliminate the unhealthy factors from your "Breathing Zone." We at Alameda Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners don't just clean, we "Clean for Health."

What's the Best Method of Cleaning Carpet?

There are many systems to choose from in the marketplace. You hear from just about every cleaner that their method is the best. The fact is that one should not choose a carpet cleaner based on cleaning method alone. A consumer could get a good job or a poor job with any system. The system must be applied properly in order to be effective, so the emphasis should be placed on the reputation and experience of the company operating the system. However, all things being equal, truck-mounted extraction applied properly, is the most effective way to clean a carpet. Hot water extraction will get maximum soil removal and maximum spot removal. It has the ability to flush out deep spots and soil. Our company pre-Emulsifies the soil so that a lower water pressure can be used, therefore not over-wetting the carpet. We also neutralize every carpet we clean, so that there is no sticky residue left behind.

The disadvantages of other systems compared to truck-mounted hot water extraction performed properly are as follows:

Dry-cleaning Systems:

There are a handful of applications where dry-cleaning must be preferred such as an Oriental rug that has a bleeding problem, a sisal rug, or a 24 hour facility.

Dry-cleaning systems do not get the amount of soil removal that hot water extraction gets, therefore leaving abrasive soils in the carpet to build up over a period of time. In addition, dry-cleaning systems are not as sanitary as hot water extraction, in many cases the soil is simply moved around instead of actually extracted.

Alternative Extraction Systems:

These systems would include those systems where a "low moisture" tool is used, or recycled water, or "specially charged" water. These systems are smoke screens that attempt to confuse the consumer. The system that supposedly has a "low moisture" tool simply does not get the flushing action that is needed to get the carpet thoroughly clean. The recycled water is completely unsanitary, and the companies that are advertising "no chemicals" use plenty of chemicals. They try to say that because they use a specially charged water that they do not need to use any chemicals. However, to remove spots and traffic area soil, they have to use chemicals. Usually they use the chemicals without telling you, or they talk about their prespray that is made from wheat, barley, etc. It's a farce. Truck-mounted hot water extraction applied properly will use high quality cleaning solutions that are neutralized. There is no other way to get maximum soil removal.

Committed to excellence Committed to excellence