Carpet Cleaning FAQ If you’re confused and need a list of carpet cleaning FAQs to help you determine how we operate and what we provide for our customers, Steam Squad has a comprehensive FAQ carpet cleaning page on our site to help, and if your carpet cleaning frequently asked questions are not answered, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you even further. In our online FAQs, you’ll learn how the manual scrub wand is a good cleaning tool for cleaning lightly soiled carpet or rugs. When cleaning more heavily soiled carpet, the wand becomes a ‘beast of burden.’ Cleaning results depend upon the strength, stamina, and technique of the person working the wand. Cleaning heavily soiled carpets with a scrub wand is ‘hard labor.’ The repetitive motion of scrubbing back and forth is extremely strenuous and fatiguing. An individual can not scrub long enough to effectively clean your carpets. First and foremost the Rotovac is an electric power scrubbing tool. Comparing the Rotovac to a wand is like comparing a skill saw to a hand saw. We have converted a back and forth manual task to a much easier and more efficient rotary mechanized operation. Which makes more cleaning passes per minute than is possible with a manual scrub wand. In addition, the cleaning passes are from all directions rather than just back and forth. This is what produces better cleaning results for you. Does the Rotovac work on all types of carpet? The Rotovac has a carpet pile height adjustment wheel which allows it to work on all installed over pad carpet, and most commercial glue downs. What is the dry time of the Rotovac compared to a wand? The Rotovac on average leaves the carpet about 20 x drier when compared to a manual scrub wand under similar conditions. Why should I have my carpets cleaned? There are many reasons to have your carpet and upholstery cleaned: Health- Carpeting and upholstery fabrics not cleaned and properly maintained have the potential to cause a variety of health problems inside the home or work place. Life of your carpet- can be greatly extended by simple routine professional cleaning. Appearance- maintain the original look and luster of your carpet with regularly scheduled cleanings. How often should I have my furniture cleaned? The EPA currently has issued no guidelines on the recommended cleaning frequency for upholstery. Until such a guideline has been issued, our company recommends that you have your upholstery cleaned every other time your carpet is cleaned. Example: if your carpets get cleaned every six months, your upholstery should be cleaned once a year. Should I vacuum before the carpet cleaner arrives? Yes, vacuuming is essential to the longevity of your carpet. You should vacuum your carpet as often as possible. Do you move furniture? When necessary we will move and replace small furniture in its original position. *We will not move musical instruments, grandfather clocks, most beds, full china hutches, full bookshelves, entertainment centers, pool tables…our technicians reserve the right not to move any piece of furniture or household object that they do not feel comfortable with. Should I move anything? Yes, you should remove from the areas being cleaned, all nick knack and breakables. How long will it take for my carpet or furniture to dry? Our dry times typically range from 2 – 6 hours. Dry times can be affected by many factors including weather, humidity, and airflow. How long before I can walk on my carpet? You can walk on your carpet immediately but it is recommended that you limit traffic until completely dry. Are the products you use safe? Yes, we use the #1 line of cleaning products in the world. This allows us to guarantee the highest quality job available at any price! Our products are: nontoxic, safe for pets & children, biodegradable, and phosphate free. Are your technicians experienced? Yes, our technicians attend courses, seminars, and schools across the country to keep current on the latest in cleaning technologies. Frequently Asked Questions – Carpet and Rug Cleaning Will your services help my allergies? Yes, having your carpeting and furniture cleaned removes pollutants and makes for a more friendly breathing environment. Will you remove all my stains? Let me start by defining the difference between a spot and a stain: a spot is any foreign material (soil, liquid, etc.) that is removable by standard cleaning methods.(The foreign material is on or around the carpet fiber) A stain is foreign material (soil, liquid, etc.) on carpet that is not usually removable by standard cleaning methods. (The foreign material has penetrated ‘soaked into’ fiber and has changed or damaged the fiber itself) Some stains may be very difficult or impossible to remove or have cleaned. Does cleaning your carpet make it wear out faster? No, actually dirt acts as an abrasive when trapped in your carpet or fabrics and should be removed to reduce wear. Does your process restore the original feel of my carpet? Yes, our process leaves your carpet fresh, clean, residue free and soft to the touch. Should I have a fabric protector applied after cleaning? Yes, most carpet manufacturers recommend that you reapply protector after professional cleaning to restore the original stain resistance. Some manufacturers even require it as part of the warranty on the carpet. My carpet is really old, should I replace it? With the cost of replacing carpet being as expensive as it is today, it is always best to try having the carpet professionally cleaned first. It is far less costly and may make a world of difference. Which provides better indoor air quality: hardwood or carpet? Carpet actually acts like a ‘filter’ trapping pollutants which are then removed by professional carpet cleaning. As long as a regular cleaning schedule is maintained, carpet provides much better indoor air quality than hardwood. Don’t forget, in addition to our online FAQs we provide an opportunity for you to fill out our quote form to request a free estimate to have your wall to wall carpets, tile flooring or upholstered furniture cleaning by one of our professionals. After you have run through our entire carpet cleaning FAQs or frequently asked questions and you still have more questions about our services and products, please give us a call and let us explain what we provide, how the process works and exactly what you can expect from us. Steamsquad.com is a Carpet Cleaning company. Our main offerings include: professional Carpet Rug Cleaning, upholstery cleaning and Tile and Grout Cleaning services using the Rotovac Powerwand on Long Island. 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