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There's Nothing Like the Look of a Clean Carpet...

At National Multi Steam we recommend to all our customers that they consider having their carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. We modestly recommend a professional cleaning twice a year for those that have active children or household pets.

National Multi Steam understands that carpet cleaning can be one of the last things homeowners want to think about. That is why we promise to take all the guess work and hassle out of it for you. Waiting too long to have your carpet cleaned will start to deteriorate your investment. Dirt and grime take it's toll on even the toughest of fibers.

Consult your manufacturers specifications for what type of cleaning method is appropriate for your type of carpet or simply give us a call. After all, that's what we do!

There are five different types cleaning home or business owners like you should be aware of...

 

Five Different Types of Clean From National Multi Steam

 Shampooing

Dry Foam 

Bonnet 

Dry Powder

Hot Water Extraction/Steam Cleaning

 

 

Let's start with the oldest form of modern carpet cleaning first.

SHAMPOOING:

Shampooing is the use of a motorized circular brush in which foaming cleaning products are introduced to the surface of the carpet and are then scrubbed into the carpet. This method has very good agitation and is best suited for low pilecommercial carpet or low cut pile carpet that is highly soiled. This method, unless it is used with some other type of carpet cleaning, has no extraction in the cleaning process but rather relies on vacuuming after the shampoo dries. Because of its' high aggressiveness, and the large amounts of cleaning product residue it leaves, this method is not recommended for most cut pile residential carpet. It also can have long drying times associated with it.

DRY FOAM:

This method is very similar to shampooing in that it relies on the aggressiveness of the brushing action, which is usually counter rotating cylindrical brushes. The difference is that the solution is whipped into a foam and applied right before the brushes instead of a liquid as in shampooing. This does allow for faster drying times. Although some DRY FOAM machines have a built in vacuum they still rely on the cleaning product drying to a flaky residue that the dirt adheres to and being sucked away by a vacuum cleaner. This method has the same weaknesses as Shampooing with the additional one of not being able to deep clean.

BONNET (Dry Cleaning):

In this type of cleaning sometimes referred to as Dry Cleaning, the cleaning product (sometimes mixed with carbonated water) is misted onto the carpet in the form of a spray. Next, a circular rotating buffer with an absorbent pad attached is run over the carpet. The soil attaches itself to the pad and the pad is changed with a clean one after becoming dirty. This method has the advantage of drying very quickly because of the small amount of moisture used. It generally does a good job of cleaning the top 1/3 of the carpet pile that is visible to the eye, but does little to remove the heavier grit and sand that damages carpet over time. Because there is no flushing action or extraction, there is very little deep cleaning. This method may be considered as an interim cleaning between more effective deep cleanings.

DRY POWDER:

With this method, a dry product (powder or ground corn cobs that have been soaked with a solvent chemical) is broadcast over the area to be cleaned. Then either a circular brush or cylindrical rotating brush is used to force the dry cleaning product in contact with the soil. After the carpet dries, which is surprising fast, a thorough vacuuming is required to remove the product and loosened soil. This method has the fastest drying times of all carpet cleaning methods and has the advantage of being able to be walked on almost immediately after cleaning. Similar to the Bonnet method, dry powder cleaning does a fairly good job of cleaning the top 1/3 of the fiber that is visible if it is not heavily soiled. Again, it does very little to remove the heavier soils in the base of the fibers. Its' weakness is the extraction cycle. If not vacuumed with a powerful commercial vacuum, large amounts of the cleaning product can remain, and over a period of time build up and cause considerable problems later on.

HOT WATER EXTRACTION/STEAM CLEANING:

Hot water extraction is sometimes referred to as Steam Cleaning. Actually this is a misapplied term, for real steam is too dry and hot to clean carpet properly. In this method, hot cleaning solution is sprayed under pressure onto the carpet and is immediately extracted with a vacuum source. The dirty solution is collected in a recovery tank and is usually poured into the sanitary waste system. The advantage of this system is that is has the ability to flush out large amounts of soil and contaminants in carpet. It is the most preferred method by all of the major fiber producers, such as Dupont, Monsanto and Allied Signal, as well as the carpet manufacturers like, Shaw, Mohawk, World, and Queen. Because this method removes more contaminants than the other carpet cleaning methods, hot water extraction is favored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is the preferred method of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Most higher quality carpets that have extended appearance and texture retention warranties require this type of cleaning every 18 months in order to retain the warranty coverage.

NOT ALL HOT WATER EXTRACTION MACHINES ARE EQUAL.

There are three basic types of extraction machines. They are:

Residential/Rental. These machines are fine for spills and maintenance of lightly soiled traffic areas. But they lack the power needed to do the deep cleaning required to get out the grit that lies deep in your carpet pile and to maintain carpet manufacturer warranties.

Professional portables. These machines are many times more powerful than residential units. The number and size of vacuum motors and pumps plus heat exchangers differentiates one from another in terms of performance. The most powerful machines may have two power cords to enable household circuits to cope. A really good job can be done with these units if the operator has excellent training and takes his or her time. Sometimes portables are the only way the carpets in some locations can be cleaned.

Truck mounted unit. These machines have large independent engines or run off the motor of the cleaning van. They can develop up to 1000 pounds of pressure (though normally carpet is cleaned at only 500 lbs. of pressure). They also heat the water to 180 or more degrees and have very powerful vacuums. These machines are impressive and they can leave the carpets drier in many cases when used properly. Typically, this type of hot water extraction machine will give superior results as well as decreased time on the job. This is what we use.

Carpet Cleaning Tips

1. Vacuum Regularly

Get the Dirt Out

At National Multi Steam we understand that over 95% of all dirt you find in your house comes from outside. Offenders such as soil, dust, pollen, air pollution and many other sources get into your house and cause that endless cycle of cleaning, dusting and vacuuming.

Does it seem like you’re continually losing this battle to the elements?  

Why not be proactive in while engaging in your line of defence? Dirt has sharp edges and wears down the fibers in your carpet.  Vacuum regularly and place a welcome mat at your home's entrances. Place commercial floor mats at high traffic entry doors. Also consider a "no shoes" policy. High traffic areas can often use vacuuming once a day while low traffic areas can be vacuumed a couple of times a week.  

Your carpet was designed for frequent vacuuming. Daily or weekly vacuuming will not wear it out. Keep the outside of your house as clean as possible.



2. Area Rugs

Does Your Area Rug Still Feel Like This?

If your area rugs are not maintained properly, they will loose the look, feel and value you took the time to invest in. Area rugs add a touch of elegance to any room. At National Multi Steam we recommend protecting your investment as a rug owner.

Some area rugs may look as though they’re losing their vibrant color when often it’s just a matter of the color being camouflaged by soil and grime.

The fibers of a rug can become packed and matted if dirt, dust and other particles are not removed on a regular basis. Also, when fibers become packed and matted, some rugs have a tendency to attract and hold even more particles. 

                   Here are some helpful area rug tips National Multi Steam recommends                  

  • Use rug pads: Rug pads used under your hard or carpeted services will sustain the life of your rug.                                                                                                                                      
  • Rotate your area rugs: By turning your rugs end to end at least once a year you will prevent uneven wear and tear as well as deterioration.

  •  Vacuum or shake your rugs: Dirt and debris are highly abrasive to your rugs and contribute to their wear and tear. Smaller area rugs can be lightly shaken out or hug over a fence or clothes line to be beaten out with a soft broom.


3. Don't Let Dirt In
Keep the Great Outdoors Where it Belongs

Looking to keep dirt out of your home?

Keep the walk ways leading to your house clean by occasional sweeping, purchasing an entrance rug and considering a no-shoes policy.
This will dramatically cut down on the amount of dirt, pollen, bacteria and allergens being tracked into your house.

We at National Multi Steam have found that most of your carpet destroying culprits are brought in by family, guests, and pets.

By simply making a habit of wiping your feet each time you enter your home you are saving money of cleaning products, energy, and wear and tear on your vacuum cleaner!

4. Clean Your Carpets and Rugs

There's Nothing Like the Look of a Clean Carpet...

At National Multi Steam we recommend to all our customers that they consider having their carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. We modestly recommend a professional cleaning twice a year for those that have active children or household pets.

National Multi Steam understands that carpet cleaning can be one of the last things homeowners want to think about. That is why we promise to take all the guess work and hassle out of it for you. Waiting too long to have your carpet cleaned will start to deteriorate your investment. Dirt and grime take it's toll on even the toughest of fibers.

Consult your manufacturers specifications for what type of cleaning method is appropriate for your type of carpet or simply give us a call. After all, that's what we do!

There are five different types cleaning home or business owners like you should be aware of...

 

Five Different Types of Clean From National Multi Steam

 Shampooing

Dry Foam 

Bonnet 

Dry Powder

Hot Water Extraction/Steam Cleaning

 

Read more...
5. Treat Spills Promptly and Properly
Because it Happens When You Least Expect It

National Multi Steam also highly recommend using Soil Blaster for spot removal. Most cleaning solutions are based upon cationic chemistry, that is, they contain positively charged cleaning agents.

Although they may clean with varying degrees of success, they leave behind a positively charged residue.
This residue acts like a magnet and attracts soils and dirt (which are negatively charged), causing re-soiling of the area.

Precisely what homeowners don't want!
National Multi Steam likes to give our customers the upper hand in preventative maintenance. Another great purchase is a bottle of Folex from a local Home Depot.  Both are low residue, neutral pH cleaners which will keep the spot from returning.
6. Snip Loose Threads
All Rugs Need Maintenance

Regular grooming of your rugs will make both vacuuming them easier, and keep the stylish look you purchased them for.

On area rugs with looped textures, vacuum the rug regularly using suction only.

Avoid using the rotating beater bar. This will keep the  loops from getting stuck, frayed or damaged. To remove a loose thread that sticks up above the fiber, use a small pair of scissors to snip fraying or loose fabric threads instead of pulling on it. 

Pulling encourages more than just the thread to unravel; ultimately damaging your rug forever.


7. Designate Eating Areas

Keep Your Rugs Looking Fabulous

National Multi Steam understands that spills can introduce oils and sugars into your carpet which attract dirt and help lead to a dingy looking carpet.
 
The less you eat in carpeted areas the better your chances are of avoiding these types of spills. Consider floor mats for young children or tray tables that prevent spills on your prized carpet or rug.

The type of rug you purchase and where it is used in your home could mean all the difference in the overall lifespan and enjoyment of your rug or carpet. Always read cleaning labels on your rugs and consider the traffic and areas of wear and tear in your living space.
8. Avoid Red or Bright Colored Drinks/Snacks
These Tempting Drinks are Your Carpet's Worst Enemy

Fruit punch and red wines have extremely powerful dyes in them. When that same dye is spilled into your carpet, it can create permanent color change.

If the stain is allowed to set, it may sometimes be a chore for National Multi Steam.We would like to give you some tried and true tips for maximum cleaning protection before we stop out for a visit.
Here are just a few helpful tips you can try! 

Keep White Wine Handy: White wine can be your true companion in the event of a red wine spill. White wine acts as a neutralizer for red wine and will make it easier to lift the color off of your carpet or clothing.

Simply pour white wine over the stained area and very gently blot the liquid up with a thick towel (be very careful not to rub as this will force the stain into the carpet or clothing fibers).

Once you have the majority of the spill blotted up, take your favorite carpet shampoo or clothing stain remover, whichever the case may be, and clean as you would if the wine stain were a bit of dirt on the carpet or clothing.  

Got Salt?:  It's true. Dousing a stain with a healthy dose of regular table salt will not only disinfect but pull out out to 90% of the stain. Simply leave the salt on the stain for at least a day before vacuuming it up.

 

9. Apply A Carpet Protector

Scotch Guard For Maximum Protection

At National Multi Steam we have found that there is quite a difference between protected and unprotected carpets and rugs.

Taking the time to scotch guard your carpets will add many years to the life of your flooring investment. Next to regular visits from us, scotch guarding will keep your rugs and carpet looking newer longer.

As you scotch guard, you keep your carpets protective barrier from breaking down through providing a seal of protection against dirt, water, or eminent stains. The more preventative measures and cleaning you do now will add value by giving your carpet a fresh new appearance year after year.

We at National Multi Steam truly want to help you get more life out of your carpet!