carpet cleaning

Steam Cleaning Carpets vs Dry Cleaning – What’s the Difference?

Most carpet cleaning companies only offer Steam Cleaning services, with only a few also, or perhaps only, offering Dry Cleaning services. So, how do they stack up against each other?

The Process.

Both processes first use a quick vacuum to clean up surface layers of dirt. But then the processes diverge;

Dry Cleaning: A solution of dry cleaning solvents, mixed with a tiny bit of water, is applied to the carpet. These solutions break down oily residue, and dirt and all the other muck in your carpet, and then act like tiny sponges to suck all of that stuff back up. After only a little while, this solution can be vacuumed up, leaving the carpet clean from contaminants.

Steam Cleaning: You can also calls this ‘hot water extraction’. A jet spray of water under high pressure is injected into the carpet, and then sucked back up, along with all the dirt and contaminants with it. Think of it like a vacuum cleaner, only using hot water instead of air.

Benefits.

Dry Cleaning: A major benefit of dry cleaning is in the name; after only a little while, the carpet is dry to walk on, which is greater for areas that have a lot of foot traffic, and can not be out of commission for long periods of time. The dry cleaning method also targets more stains than other methods, particularly oily residues.

Steam Cleaning: Provides a more comprehensive and deeper clean. Is better at removing allergens, dust mites and all the other creepy crawlies and illness producing bacteria that living deep within your carpet fibre.

Negatives:

Dry Cleaning: Great for surface cleans, but not so good for deep down cleaning. Has problems getting out the really big and stubborn stains.

Steam Cleaning: Carpets stay wet for longer, and if your carpet cleaner is not experienced, they may over-wet the carpet and damage it.

Verdict.

I am not going to say one way is the best and only way to clean your carpet. Both of these options have benefits that the other one doesn’t. What you need to do is determine what benefits you specifically require for the carpet you want cleaned, and then plan your actions accordingly.

Is your carpet in a well trafficked area that can’t be shut down for long just to let the carpet dry, like carpets in a pub, or a hotel, or other businesses that need to stay open. Well then, a dry cleaning method might be right up your alley, but plan for the fact that such cleanings are more surface oriented, and don’t get deep down into the carpet. This might mean that you need to schedule the dry cleanings more often.

If you can handle not being able to walk on your carpet for a day, and you require a strong carpet clean to rid your carpets of deep down dirt and stains, a steam cleaning might be the best option.

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How Important Is It To Clean Your Mattress?

How Important Is It To Clean Your Mattress?

Very.

And that’s the end of this blog article. Thanks for reading, and …

Wait. You want to know why?

Well, ok, I’ll tell you, but you’re really going to wish I didn’t.

Sweat.

Do you know that you sweat in your sleep? The amount you sweat depends on a few different factors, most obviously the room temperature and surrounding humidity, but also on what you had before going to bed (stay away from the spicy foods). On average, most people will sweat approximately a half litre each night, every night. Now, where does all that sweat go? I think you can guess.

Skin.

Experts in whatever field includes ‘skin shedding in bed’, estimate that the average person sheds a gram of their very own skin cells each night. And they don’t just shed skin, but also hair. Over time this all ads up. This mightn’t sound like much, but it becomes a bit more worrisome when we introduce the next section’s guest.

You’re not alone on your mattress.

There are these tiny, microscopic creatures called dust mites that live off the skin cells you shed, living on your mattress while you sleep. The one saving grace is they like ‘dead’ skin cells than alive ones, but even so … it gives you the shivers. Particularly because of what’s written in the next heading.

The average mattress could have upwards of a million of these dust mites.

Yeah, that. Experts in whatever fields include ‘estimating dust mite populations on mattress’ estimate that the dust mite population of mattresses could number between 100,000 and 10 million. Another expert in the related field of ‘estimating dust mite populations in pillows’ estimated that the weight of an average pillow that’s been in use for two years is made up of 10 percent the dead bodies of dust mites, plus their excrement.

We’ve haven’t even mentioned excrement! There’s a lot of that, too.

Every day, dust mites excrete approximately two times their entire body weight.

That’s … every day.

Right there on the mattress.

The very same mattress that you are currently sleeping on.

So … how important is it to clean your mattress? Ummm … I think that just about answers it.

Your mattress can effect your health.

Whenever you shift your body position while your sleep, that movement causes these dust mites and their excrement to become airborne. Even if you have protective mattresses, your movement creates a kind of bellows effect where eventually that will cause whatever’s on your mattress to become airborne.

If you breath this in, it might cause a reaction. Now, most people probably won’t react at all, but those who have breathing problems like asthma, or who experience allergies or skin irritations, can have nasty reactions. The people most susceptible to this are the young and the very old.

This is why you should professionally clean your mattress.

To help you sleep at night, it makes a lot of sense to bring in the professionals to clean your mattress. This kind of cleaning requires a precise mixture of chemicals to do properly, and professional mattress cleaners have the know how to clean your mattress as thoroughly as possible.

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