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Carpet Cleaning in Utah and Idaho

Spring Carpet Cleaning

If you haven’t started already, now’s the time to get on the business of spring-cleaning. There’s all kinds of cleaning that we put off during the winter because of the cold. This is mostly outside work and that’s usually what we think of catching up on. Don’t forget carpet cleaning, though. It’s very important to get your carpets deep cleaned after winter.
Here’s why.

General Dirtiness

carpet cleaningCarpets get dirty on their own, just like anything else in your home, but carpets attract a lot of dirt because we walk on them. We get dirt on the bottom of our shoes, which the carpets then loosen up and absorb. Because we walk on it, the dirt sinks in deep and gets packed down. It becomes hard and embeds itself into the fibers of your carpet, damaging them.
This deep-down dirt can be impossible to clean by just regular vacuuming. Even the best vacuum cleaners always miss some of the dirt. Without a professional deep-cleaning, the dirt builds up and causes lasting damage to your carpets. Eventually, you’ll need to replace your carpets and that can be expensive.

Winter is Especially Hard

Because winter is a wet season, you will have more dirt on your shoes. This means more dirt will get into your carpets and be trampled in deep. It isn’t just dirt that’s the problem, though. Cities spray the roads down with salt and other chemicals to keep them from icing up. This is necessary for safety, but these chemicals are very bad for carpets. Alkaline and acidic compounds formed by these chemicals cause more damage to the fibers of your carpets than just dirt on its own. It dissolves the fibers, and when it dries, it hardens into crystalline structures that form sharp edges, cutting deeply into your carpet fibers. The wear and tear from this is far more serious than at any other point in the year. The damage is gradual, however, so we often don’t notice it as it happens. It’s only once the carpet’s ruined that we realize how bad it was.

Allergens

Dust Mites and other allergensAllergies suck. They’re a lot worse when the allergens get into your carpets, though. While you may not have had to worry about them over winter, now that it’s over, they’re starting to come up again. And since this spring has been an especially wet one, there’s a good chance you tracked those allergens into your house and trampled them into your carpets without realizing it.

Not just pollen, though, dust mites are a problem, too. Dust mites produce 200 times their weight in waste each day and this (literal) crap is a very common allergen. Since mites prefer warm, humid environments, they’ll love taking refuge in your damp carpets over the winter. You can’t clean these creatures with just a vacuum cleaner. You need a good, deep cleaning to rid yourself of these pests.

Get Your Carpets Cleaned Today

Once the chemicals and dirt get into your carpet, it’s nearly impossible to clean without professional tools and techniques. That’s why people in Utah and Idaho trust Alpine Cleaning and Restoration for this job. We use state-of-the-art equipment and special shampoos designed to clean up exactly this sort of mess. We also do PH balance for your carpets so they stay cleaner longer. A regular deep cleaning from us can increase the lifetime of your carpets by several years.

So, if you want to get a good deep clean and increase the lifetime of your carpets, get in touch with us today. We’ll give you the best carpet cleaning service you can get anywhere.

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Deep Cleaning Your Carpet

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Deep Cleaning

Carpets can get very dirty without us even noticing.  One day we might look down and ask ourselves, “how did this get so dirty?”  Many people hire a professional to come and do the cleaning for them, others prefer to do it themselves.   But whether you do it yourself, or hire a professional, deep cleaning is important for making your carpets last

It’s Important to Have Your Carpet Cleaned Professionally

You might be wondering why you should hire a professional.  After all, you vacuum once a week, right?  Doesn’t that take care of the problem?  Well, not really.  Over time, it’s normal for carpets to fill with dirt, oils, and dead skin particles.  Even the best vacuum cleaners can leave a lot of this debris behind.   The shampoos used by professional equipment penetrate deep into the fibers to break up and dissolve all those trapped impurities.  

Have you ever been on a long hiking trip or a campout where you didn’t have a shower?  Do you remember the oily, grungy feeling in your hair? Do you remember how good it felt once you got in the shower and lathered up with shampoo?  That’s what it’s like for your carpet if all you do is vacuum.  Even if we take our shoes off, there are dead skin cells, food particles, and other impurities to deal with.  

Once the deep cleaning is done with professional equipment, it will feel refreshing and soft again, just like it was when it was new.  When done on a regular schedule, you will ensure that your carpet will last as long as possible and you will have the peace of mind that the dust mites and every other impurity will be shampooed out with our professional cleaning equipment.

How Often Do I Need To Deep Clean My Carpet?

Every home has different circumstances that determine how often your carpet should be professionally cleaned.  A general rule on warranties is to professionally clean them every 12 to 24 months, depending on use and how many kids or pets you have.  Some families should clean their carpets even more often.  It also depends a lot on personal preference.  Just know that regular deep cleaning is important to making your carpets last longer, which will save you money in the long run.

Our Process

Our process of deep cleaning a carpet is very simple and effective.  We use state of the art machines that deep clean the carpet and remove stains.  We can go as far as moving furniture and everything else out to get your entire carpet clean.  Are you the DIY type?  We also rent out our equipment to save your hard earned cash.

If you hire us, Alpine’s deep cleaning procedure includes many steps that other carpet cleaners overlook.  First, we balance the ph levels in your carpet to give you a long lasting clean. Without balancing ph levels your carpet will become dirtier faster. We focus on the details to ensure the highest quality carpet cleaning in the industry. From corner guards to spotting, the details are what set us apart.  Alpine pre-spots at no extra charge, use Citrus Solv to leave your carpets smelling fresh, and several other important steps that others charge extra for.

In order to get the most longevity out of a carpet we suggest using professional equipment that extracts the gunk and deep soils that nest in the base of your carpet.  The reason carpet prematurely wears, is because of these impurities that start ripping apart the fibers in the carpet.  It’s kind of like using a face scrub to get dead skin cells off, except for carpet doesn’t reproduce its own fibers back after being worn off.

 

DIY Process

Those who do the DIY process can get good results if they are willing to put in the elbow grease necessary.  There are several ways to do this but one of the most popular ways I have heard of is to purchase a few cans of foam carpet cleaner from the local store as well as a hand held bristle brush.  There are just a few easy steps.

  1. vacuum – make sure to do a thorough job, the more you suck up now, the easier the next steps will be.
  2. spray down the entire carpet – with the bottled foam carpet cleaner, spray everywhere, especially high traffic areas.  By doing so, this will soak into the carpet and start dissolving the deposits.
  3. scrub – This is where good work ethic comes in handy! scrub the floor in a circular motion form one side of the room working towards the other.
  4. Let it sit – It’s important to let the carpet sit because this will give the cleaner to break down the grime deposits and allow them to work their way up.
  5. Vacuum again.  This is the most important step because you don’t want your hard work to go to waste! Vacuum again to suck up all of the dried impurities that your scrubber and carpet cleaner brought to the surface.

If this sounds like too much, but you still want to do it yourself, we also rent out our professional equipment for very affordable rates!  Get in touch with us today if you want to know more.

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How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets?

“How often should I clean my carpets?”

People ask this question a lot at Alpine Cleaning and Restoration.  The answer is . . . well, there really isn’t any single answer that is always correct.  There are a lot of factors that go into determining how often you should have your carpets cleaned.  How often is it used?  How many kids do you have?  Do you have any pets?  All of these questions need to be asked before you can answer the question.  To satisfy most carpet warranties, you usually need to have your carpets professionally cleaned once every 8-12 months.  This is a good guideline, but it may not be enough.

The Chart

The following chart from the IICRC S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning serves as a guideline for recommending cleaning frequencies for carpet. They consider traffic, soil rating, vacuuming schedules, spot cleaning schedules, and professional interim and restorative cleaning.

carpets cleaning chartAlong with regular vacuuming, professional carpet cleaning will extend the life of your carpets, so don’t neglect it.  Alpine Cleaning and Restoration Specialists recommend the chart above as a guideline for how often you should have your carpets cleaned if you want them to stay fresh and clean.

Let Us Help

Carpet cleaning is the bread and butter of Alpine Cleaning and Restoration.  Our business started with it and we have over 20 years of experience.  We pioneered a unique process that helps ensure that your carpets get clean and stay clean longer.  With our help, you can rest assured that your carpets will last for years to come, saving you time and money in the long run.  If you want Alpine Cleaning and Restoration to help you out, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.  We’re on call 24/7 to provide you with the best service possible.