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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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Greasy restaurant carpet in Jackson Hole, WY meets very low moisture oscillating pad carpet cleaning.
Have you ever been into a restaurant and noticed that the carpet looked trashed? I really feel sympathy for restauranteurs that have carpet for flooring in their establishments. Without proper walk-off matting out of the kitchen and into the front door, their work is cut out for them. You have the grease from the kitchen getting tracked out all day/night long from the wait staff, and then you have the customers coming in from the parking lot which is usually asphalt, and a lot of restaurants that are in strip malls like this one are not allowed to have a large mat out front to wipe off the asphalt oils from peoples' shoes to prevent it from getting onto the carpet. This post is about a problem that we helped a restaurant owner in Jackson Hole solve in a mere few hours. I first noticed this carpet when I was cleaning an adjacent commercial building this past spring when I stopped in for lunch. I asked the owner if he would like an offer to clean his carpet. I was astounded when he had said that he had paid to have it cleaned by a local well known carpet cleaning company in Jackson Wyoming. I looked around and blurted out that it looked like crap! Never one to miss an opportunity to insert my foot into my mouth, I left the restaurant and as I walked away I thought to myself that I must have offended the poor guy and thought I would call on him in a few weeks or so to talk about fixing this problem.
At the time of this encounter I had just ventured into the very low moisture method of carpet cleaning that we are using now. If I had been hired the next day I most confidently would have gone in there with my truckmounted steam super extractor and melted the grease out and taken it with me, only to have been called back in a few days to do it again like the first guy...
Really greasy carpet when cleaned with hot water extraction will always re-soil. Why? The grease gets so embedded into the backing of the carpet that as the surface gets steam washed and vacuumed by the truckmount, the backing still has a lot of grease in it. The surface fibers dry faster than the backing and then the process of wicking takes hold and voila! the grease gets pulled up the strands into the face fibers and you get to start all over again. Fun huh? This stuff needs to be taken off in layers, and unless you hook up some serious heated fans you will fight it and fight it. How do I know? I've done it lots of times this way, and clients do not like to pay for call backs, and I don't like to do them either. Neither party wins with a call back.
As time has gone on this year with the introduction of our new very low moisture carpet cleaning process, we have gotten very comfortable with the encapsulation detergents that are available and feel that we have a good enough handle on which cleaning solutions to use when and where. Here are some pics to document how this job went...
There really isn't much more to say after showing the video of this process. We basically have found a way to wipe away the grease and crud that a truckmount could not do. We have done this in the commercial carpet cleaning application as well as residential. Basically this is physics. We are combining the laws of physics with our extensive knowledge of cleaning solutions to get an amazing result. This technology has not been given the credit that it deserves, and I hope to be one of those that helps move the process along in making encapsulation(very low moisture) carpet cleaning more respected in this industry for clients and professionals alike.
If you are interested in our commercial carpet cleaning services in the Jackson, or Star Valley, WY areas, give us a call, we can Restore Your Carpet.
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Pattern berber carpet. Too many stains to list. This is during the pre-vacuuming process that we do on EVERY job. I like to clean material, not dirt.
We have cleaned a lot of berber carpet lately. Berber is one of those carpet types that everyone thinks they will love until they have it, then they move on to other types. It really is a pain in the back side in this part of the country. Berber cannot take on soil and live for very long. It gets saturated with dirt, the friction from walking and normal foot traffic cuts and damages the fiber loops and then it lays down flat and looks dirty, but it just in reality fiber crush. I always like to show a client the carpet after it has been cleaned from the angle that the sun hits it directly, so that they can see that it is clean, then take them to the other side of the room so that they can see the shadow. They are always perplexed. Either way, back to berber. The new very low moisture carpet cleaning process that we are implementing here in Wyoming at Restore Your Carpet is continuing to amaze me. At first when I bought this machine, I would only use it on a carpet that looked clean, just needed a maintenance cleaning. I would use my truckmount on the real rat nasties. However as time has gone on and I have become more comfortable with the chemicals, and the process in general, I must admit that the truckmount has sat in the driveway in the other company truck collecting dust... Sorry Amtex.
The carpet that we cleaned today in Afton, WY at first glance was ruined. There were multiple pet stains(urine, vomit), and of course the black puddle of ground-in grease in front of the couch. You can see in the picture above the grease puddle near the top just below the really clean spot where the couch had been. Down to the bottom left, you can see the urine spots, they look salty in the middle. The upstairs carpet along with the stairs looked equally bad, but I failed to take pictures of them today. The very low moisture carpet cleaning process that we are doing here in Wyoming does a fabulous job at cleaning berber. Here are some pictures to prove it...
There are a lot of carpet cleaning companies in Wyoming, but how many of them could do this with only 1.5 gallons of water? This new very low moisture cleaning process from Restore Your Carpet is a game changer in this industry, and we are excited to offer it to all of our current and future clients. If you or anyone else you know is considering replacing your carpet, whether it is berber, or any other fiber type, give us a call, we may have another option for you(that sentence had a lot of commas).
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This carpet is old. 15-20+ years old. It was completely hammered.
This post is about pet stains and odors on a plush-type carpet in Jackson Hole, WY. I received a phone call from who is now one of my favorite clients, stating that she was not sure if the carpet in her home was salvageable. She designed the home years ago, lived in it, then rented it out, now is moving back in and doing some renovating. Walking into this house for the first time, I noticed that there had been some pet odor damage. It was not the worst I have experienced, but it was definitely in the replacement stage. I walked into this room pictured above, and these next shots are what I saw...
Due to the age of the carpet, and after calculating the total cost to completely restore this carpet, I informed the client that it would be best to just replace it, however I would clean it for $x.xx amount of dollars. The potential problems with this carpet are like most pet damage carpet cleaning jobs.
1)The pad should be replaced.
2)The subfloor(if made of wood) should be sealed with our special floor/odor barrier sealer.
3)If the items from 1 & 2 are not done, the pet stains will almost always re-soil.
Re-soiling is when the carpet backing/carpet pad is still wet after the carpet fibers have dried, and since wet wants to always find dry, the fibers will wick-back the stains out of the backing. A few posts ago, I showed how the carpet cleaning process goes for severe pet damage. That process includes completely saturating the carpet fibers and backing to make sure that the stains and odor sources are removed. If it is not done in this way, I can bet you a prime rib dinner that it will re-soil. This client wanted a dollars and cents job done with the understanding that this re-soiling could happen. She said that if it re-soiled, that she would just dye the whole room! So I cleaned it, with all of this in mind and we deodorized it really well. I texted her a few days after to ask how it looked, and she said that sure enough, the stains had re-soiled, but the house smelled fresh and there was no trace of the pet odors like before. I asked her if she wanted to dye it still, and she said that she wanted to. I then told her about my new very low moisture carpet cleaning process, and that I wanted to try it out on her room to see if it would work, and that I would do it at my expense. The very low moisture carpet cleaning process offered by Restore Your Carpet, does not use enough water/steam to cause a re-soiling problem, and since the odor problem was already taken care of, what did we have to lose? I did not take a picture of the re-soiled condition, but it did not look much better than the before shots in this post. I felt bad actually when I saw it, because although I had told her that it would re-soil, I felt that due to the cost of the initial cleaning, the results should have been better. I like to think that the client needs all of the available information going into a job so that they can make an informed decision. This job was no different, this was not a normal carpet cleaning job, so we charged more for the extra processes and chemicals that we used. I guess the bottom line is, she made the decision. Anyways, the carpet turned out great. The next picture is what it looked like when I left the second time, only this time it was totally dry and what you see below is the finished product.
After grooming shot. This carpet is old, but it looks great now.
It really turned out great! It shines, its soft, smells great, and no stains. The very low moisture carpet cleaning process that Restore Your Carpet offers is really impressive. These types of situations are why I love my job. I walk into a mess, and leave with a very happy client, and a new friend.
If you or anyone else you know is in need of our pet damage carpet cleaning/restoration services, give us a call, we can Restore Your Carpet.
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