Carpets are important for our comfort, it is nice to be able to walk around with a comfortable feeling underfoot. Wooden and tiled floors are great and very practical but a carpet can add that touch of luxury especially if you choose a quality variety. We walk on our carpets daily and even if we take care to always wear socks or slippers, they still become dirty and they gather dust that even the best of vacuum cleaners cannot lift and if you have pets or young children, they become even more vulnerable to dirt and bacteria. Your carpets can become a breeding ground for many bacteria and other nasties and it is not just the dirt and the dust that you can see that is of concern as many of the microorganisms are invisible to the naked eye, so even carpets that look clean can in fact be very dirty and harbour many germs. It is not just cleaning that is important, there is also the process of removing odours, any fabric can smell eventually and you may not notice as you become used to your home’s particular odour. Dirty carpets can in fact be a health hazard. The only way to keep your carpets looking new and smelling fresh is to have them cleaned, professionally, on a regular basis.
If you live in London, you may be wondering how to find a reputable carpet cleaning company, you may want to consider the following tips to help you along the way with your decision making process.
Carpet cleaning is a true science and a good carpet cleaning company knows that. Each stain has a unique quality and as such, there is a particular chemical or chemicals that should be used for its removal. A true professional has a passion for his / her trade and you should look for that. Websites will give a clue as to the company’s knowledge and expertise, look for details in what they describe and look for a passion in their purpose. You may want to ask what equipment they use and what their methods are to extract the dirt and stains from your carpet. Do they use eco friendly products which will protect you from many of the harsh chemicals which can be used. This would be especially important if you have young children who spend time crawling around the floor or if you have pets, harsh chemicals can also be an issue for those who are allergy prone.
A good example of a professional company is Anyclean carpet cleaning experts. They have expanded their service by offering the cleaning of windows, carpets and ovens, and have been in business for over 20 years.
Check the credentials of the company, look for membership of professional bodies and look for reviews that you can trust. Companies often have reviews and testimonials on their websites and of course have a read at them but look beyond that and search the internet to see if you can find any other reviews for the company. Local London social media groups are often a good way to obtain recommendations from people who have used particular companies. Ask your friends and family and look for local ads and of course a Google search will provide you with a choice of companies in your local London area. Good local companies have a reputation to maintain if they are going to stay in business and as such, they will be prepared to talk you through their processes and be responsive to your enquiry.
How flexible are the company? You perhaps want to be there when they clean your carpet and if you are working mid week, can they clean in the evenings or do they work at any point at the weekend? Do they offer other cleaning services? Could you combine your carpet cleaning with having your curtains or sofa cleaned which would save you time and effort in searching for separate companies.
It may also be worth checking whether the company will be prepared to move or help you move your furniture as it would not be worthwhile to only have a part of your carpet cleaned. Some furniture is heavy and it may not be possible for you to have it all moved in advance of the carpet cleaning company arriving.
Is the company fully insured should the worst happen and your carpets are damaged? Ask if they provide any guarantee with their work and make sure that you are aware of what you should and shouldn’t do after a carpet clean as there may be a period of time during which you should not walk on your carpet. A reputable company should be able to offer reassurance and provide you with advice and recommendations.
Most companies will be prepared to visit your home and provide you with an estimate to clean your carpets. Look for a company who will not add extras on the day of the clean, make sure that you have an all inclusive price to supply the equipment, the chemicals and the labour.
It can be very tempting to think of saving money when it comes to carpet cleaning, either by ignoring the fact that your carpets are dirty or by attempting to clean the carpets yourself. If you are tempted to choose the DIY method, remember that your carpet is likely to be expensive to replace and doing it yourself can result in over wet carpets and carpets which are just not cleaned properly, and then you have your own labour to consider, it is often just not a good idea. If cost is a factor for you, remember that a reasonably priced professional company is not necessarily any worse or better than a company whose pricing structure is more expensive. Look for quality and experience.
Having your carpets regularly cleaned by a professional company does not only keep them looking good but it can in fact prolong the life of the carpet. Take advice from the professionals and find out how often they would recommend a clean, follow their advice so that you can keep your carpets looking good and smelling fresh.