Q. What process do you use to clean carpet?
A. Most of the carpet cleaning we do is the "hot water extraction" method, also known as "steam cleaning". This process is used by about 80% of all carpet cleaning companies across the country. Most major carpet manufacturers recommend hot water extraction as the preferred method of cleaning.
Q. How long does the carpet take to dry?
A. The normal drying time is from 2 to 6 hours, but can vary considerably, depending upon temperature and humidity conditions within the area cleaned.
Q. I've heard it is best to put off having your carpet cleaned as long as possible - is this true?
A. No. In fact, many of the major carpet mills today recommend professional cleaning at least once per year. The build up of soil in your carpet in combination with foot traffic creates abrasion that breaks down your carpets' fibers. The higher the traffic in a given area, the more the carpet will need cleaning.
Q. Should I have my carpet "dry cleaned" or "steam cleaned"?
A. As mentioned above, most major carpet manufacturers now recommend hot water extraction steam cleaning as the preferred method. Like the laundering of your clothing, steam cleaning is highly effective in removing soil and other contaminants from your carpet. It is one of the five carpet cleaning processes that are officially recognized as an industry standard. To most people, dry cleaning means cleaning without water. The fact is that most carpet cleaning advertised as dry cleaning actually uses anywhere from a little, to a lot, of water! The dry powder cleaning utilizes a dry absorbent medium impregnated with solvents, detergent and water, which can result in a considerable amount of residue being deposited and remaining in the carpet after cleaning. For the most part, the steam cleaning method offers a much more efficient vehicle for removing as much of the cleaning detergent as possible.
Q. Does your cleaning process soak the backing of the carpet?
A. No - although our process rinses the carpet deep down, moisture does not penetrate the backing of the carpet. With our powerful truck mounted equipment, the soil in your carpet is thoroughly agitated using safe, hypoallergenic detergents, and is then thoroughly vacuumed out immediately, leaving your carpet only damp to the touch.
Q. Can you get the pet odor out of my carpet?
A. Pet odor is a very common problem. At ABODA Cleaning Services, we can help you deal with your pet challenges. Whether you have a minor problem or a major headache, we will find the solution that works best for you. The problem with pet odor is that it can be much deeper than it appears at first. Pet urine can easily soak through the backing of the carpet into the padding underneath. In more severe cases the urine can even penetrate into the sub-floor beneath the padding. This creates a problem which is multi-layered. The urine also facilitates the growth of bacteria, which in turn contributes to a worsening of the odor problem and can cause permanent color loss of the carpet fiber. To eliminate this problem the urine must be removed or neutralized from each of the layers affected. If the contamination is limited to only the face yarn of the carpet then the cleaning itself may effectively remove the odor. Urine neutralizer may need to be applied when several layers are affected. In the most severe cases, replacement of the carpet padding, treatment of the underside of the carpet and the sub-floor may be required. Even replacement of the carpet, however, cannot guarantee complete removal of the odor. At ABODA Cleaning Services we offer a range of solutions to help you with your pet odor problems. In the long run, however, it may be more a matter of proper maintenance instead of total elimination. Pet ownership adds to the challenge of maintaining a clean and healthy home. ABODA Cleaning Services can help you meet those challenges.