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Good morning! I decided today that since it is so popular in the area to have berber carpet in a residential setting, and that so many other cleaners have such a difficult time restoring carpet like this with conventional cleaning methods, that I would like to show off a video of our Very-Low-Moisture carpet restoration process. This very effective method of cleaning offers so many advantages over regular steam cleaning of carpet. For instance, how about in this instance, dry in under an hour? No re-soiling of carpet face fibers, and complete restoration of all stain, spots, and traffic areas. See for yourself...
We don't just "Clean" carpet... We RESTORE YOUR CARPET. Interested in learning more about our carpet restoration services? Check out our "Cleaning Processes" page, and also our "Pricing Packages" page and find the right pricing option that fits your needs.
In Jackson Hole and Star Valley, NOBODY "Restores" carpet like we do.
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Typical 3 bed 2 bath home that has not had the carpets cleaned in 5+ years.
If you are a carpet cleaner, you have seen this picture to the left before. If you are a client looking for a carpet cleaner, you may have moved out of a place that looked like this after you had moved all your belongings to your new place and looked at the carpet and thought..."I am not getting my deposit back..."
This post is an in depth look at the role that physics and chemistry play in the carpet cleaning process that Restore Your Carpet implements in the jobs that we complete for our clients. When we get the initial phone call, most of the time it is not for a maintenance cleaning, people have a problem that they want us to solve. I always approach these types of jobs with a chip on my shoulder and take them as a challenge. There have been jobs in the past where the cost of cleaning the carpet exceeds the current value of the carpet, or else the cost of cleaning it exceeds 65% of the cost to buy new carpet. We always inform the client if this is the case and allow them to make an informed decision. The carpet we are discussing today is not in as bad of shape as at first glance.
Frieze style carpet, needs a good scrubbin'. Wave hello to my vacuum RICCAR.
You may be wondering what is up with the square shaped area in the picture to the left. This is a living room, and the folks that moved out had an area rug with some furniture around it. A lot of people do not get their carpets cleaned because they simply do not want to move their furniture out of the rooms. We provide our clients with the option to either move their furniture on their own, or for a nominal add-on we can move it out and back for them. Obviously this carpet is dirty. What is it going to take in order to get this carpet into a 'restored' condition? Understanding how carpet is made, and the material that it is made of is a great place to start. In short, carpet is recycled plastic bottles... Weird huh? You are walking around on extruded recycled material that has been melted down into liquid and twisted into fiber strands. If you could view carpet through a microscope, you would see that it has a uniform shape, its shiny, and mostly transparent. It just happens that I brought along my microscope today with me on this job with the intention of writing this blog...
Carpet strand fibers through our microscope.
This picture to the left is an actual photo that I took today on this job of the very carpet in the picture at the beginning of this post. The carpet is not manufactured with all those flecks and spots. That is dirt, and soils and etc... In order to diagnose and properly inspect your carpet before it is cleaned, we get a good idea of what (if any) the problem is before we get started. One way to do this, is to look at the carpet fibers really closely like you see here with this shot through our microscope camera. You can see that this carpet is really heavily soiled. I took this picture after I had vacuumed with our super special vacuum cleaner. On second thought, I should have taken one before to compare, oh well, next time. This shot was in the middle of the room in the major traffic area where the soiling was apparent with the naked eye, but I wanted you all to get a closer look...
PH pen reads the water in this bottle to be slightly alkaline.
This little device that I am holding in my hand in this shot is called a PH pen. It measures the PH(percentage of Hydrogen) level of anything that you can get the little electrode to touch. It also gives a temperature reading. Here I have filled up a 2.5 gallon solution bottle with water. I rinsed it out a couple times and the reading I got was a 7.36. Water is close to neutral, which is a 7. 7 is neutral. Most soils are slightly acidic, so less than 7, somewhere north of a 6. Why does this all matter to the client? It all depends on how the carpet is used really. If you have a cleaner that uses really high alkaline cleaners and does not neutralize their detergents or the carpet after cleaning them, your carpet will soils really rapidly following the cleaning process. Also, high alkaline or high acid concentrate can irritate skin, mostly in kids and infants, and that is not good for anybody.
This is a shot of the reading that I took after mixing up a high alkaline cleaning solution. Due to the soil level of the carpet, I made a choice of which detergent to use and how much, added it to some hot water, mixed it up, and took a measurement. This reading shows 11.52 @ 95.3 degrees F. The PH scale goes from 0-14 so if 7 is neutral, This solution mix is 5,000 times more alkaline than neutral. For each increment whole number above or below 7, it is measured by ten times. Head spinning yet? Read on...
After applying the cleaning solution to the carpet face fibers, I took another reading of the fibers to see where my PH level was before I scrubbed the carpet. You can see that it read 11.46 on the alkaline side @ 73.7 degrees F. This solution did not lose its alkalinity immediately after the application to the carpet fibers.
The bottom line is this. In order to get carpet REALLY clean and safe. You really need to choose a professional with the proper know-how and tooling to get the job done safely and efficiently. Restore Your Carpet is a full-service flooring company that is committed to education in the industry, certification, and the latest technology to ensure that we can continue to not just clean your carpet, but to RESTORE it.
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This is a NEW floor scrubber pad... Look closely.
Very low moisture carpet cleaning is a new process that is widely misunderstood. Hot water extraction/steam cleaning has been at the forefront of carpet cleaning for decades and most people are familiar with it. Very low moisture carpet cleaning is a very new process that Restore Your Carpet is offering our valued clients in Jackson Hole and Star Valley WY areas. This post is a quick one about one of the biggest questions that clients ask about this new process. Where does the dirt go? Since this process does not use any steam or truckmount vacuum extraction, people are left wondering how the dirt comes up out of the carpet. The quick, vibrating, oscillations of our very low moisture encapsulation machine does most of the work, but the pads are left to answer the question...
After some use of a scrubber pad... See the dirt now?
You can clearly see the dirt that has made its way up into the pad in this shot. What is left in the carpet has been encapsulated with the special chemicals that we use, and as the chemical dries, it is more easily vacuumed out during your regular vacuuming. Encapsulation carpet cleaning is more of a chemical process than a spray and suck process like steam extraction. Our experience is that it is not the end all, be all of carpet cleaning, but it definitely has its place in the maintenance of your carpet in your home or business.
If you or anyone else you know are interested in our new very low moisture/encapsulation carpet cleaning/restoration services, please give us a call, we can Restore Your Carpet.
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You may be wondering why I am posting a picture of a piece of clean looking carpet that is lying on a driveway. I wanted to shake things up a bit and post the after picture first in order to be well, dramatic. This carpet has had about 6 months of use on it, and judging from this picture, one would have to agree that it looks like lightly used, yet clean looking carpet. The story behind this carpet in a nutshell is that this is out of a rental town home in Alpine, Wyoming. This rental had renters in it for about 6 months and these renters allowed some pets to totally trash the place. There was cat and dog feces, urine, and vomit. Not to mention the traffic areas that were ground into the fibers with greasy foot soils to boot! Now that I have painted the picture of what it looked like, let me describe how it smelled. When you walked into this town home rental, the smell was so pungent and sour that there was no mistaking that is was cat damage. There were some doggy deposits too, but somehow cats really take the cake when it comes to pet odors in carpet. It really took your breath away when you walked through the front door. It is hard to describe the smell, but it was in the top three of nasty odors for me the first time I went in.
Here is another angle of this piece of pet damaged carpet. Keep in mind that this carpet has only had about 6 months of use on it. Now the obvious question is why is it out on the driveway? This piece is out of the living/dining/hallway area on the main level. The urine damage was so severe that the carpet padding was saturated and had to be thrown out. We even took steps to seal the wooden sub-floor with a special pet barrier odor coating that is applied to the floor. This barrier is the most effective product that I have found for blocking the smell of urine thus saving the additional cost of tearing out the wood. It works better than KILZ, although that would be better than nothing at all. I always tell our clients that have pet damage that if we can clean/restore the carpet at less than 65% of the cost of replacing it then it is cost-effective. After measuring the place and doing the math, the client decided to let us try it. I told her that if at anytime during this process we felt that it was a lost cause I would only charge her for the cost of the chemical and I would eat the labor. With that in mind, I wanted to pull out all the stops on this one. After inspecting the carpet and determining that it was sound structurally(meaning that the carpet material could withstand being put through the gauntlet), I decided that I would not just clean it in place, I washed it like it were a wool rug on a wash floor. Since the pad and subfloor had to be taken out anyway, this is the method I chose. Here is what the process basically looked like....
This was just the pics of the Living room carpet. We performed the same process on the master bedroom carpet. The rest of the house did not require new pad so we cleaned it in place like normal, but used the same chemical cocktail mentioned earlier. Removing pet stains and odors from carpets is not a job for any old carpet cleaning company. We are called Restore Your Carpet for a reason. As long as there is sound material there to clean and it can make it through the gauntlet that we will put it through, we can Restore Your Carpet.
If you or anyone else you know is in need of our services regarding pet damage stains and odors, give us a call.
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I received a phone call last week and the voice on the other end asked if I could clean up blood. There were so many things running through my head at the moment, but I reluctantly asked..."Who's blood is it?" I realize that this may not have been the most professional question to ask, but it is what came out first. The customer said, "Oh we had a fight at(a local bar that shall remain nameless)." I said I would come by to take a look. At the time of inspection, They had already applied some sort of disinfectant and attempted to clean it themselves which made it more likely that I would take the job. I told them that due to the extremely soiled nature of the carpet, that I would suggest that they clean the whole thing, or else end up with a clean spot. They accepted my offer to clean it, and here is the proof!
The bottom line is this... If you do get into a fight, and you bleed onto your carpet, call us, we know how to get it out. This carpet cleaning performance was completed in Alpine, Wyoming.
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