Upper Valley Carpet Cleaning: Is Vacuuming Really Enough?

August 29, 2016

There are many things to consider when you are ready to have your carpets cleaned. Upper Valley Carpet Cleaning is a preventative measure to keep your home and business looking great. Let’s dive right into this. How often do you change the oil on your car? What would happen if you didn’t change the oil in your vehicle for the next 5-10 years? Most likely your car engine would break, and it would cost you a lot of money to repair or replace and engine that has failed.


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Vacuuming Doesn’t Count

We think that vacuuming our carpets every day, week or month on our own counts as cleaning our carpets like a pro, but vacuuming is not enough. Most carpet manufacturers today require you to have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12 – 24 months. That does not include renting a carpet machine at your local grocery store or rental place. Hiring an Upper Valley Carpet Cleaning service like us will help to keep that warranty intact. Check your carpet warranty to know how often you should clean your carpets to maintain your warranty.


Allergens In The Home

Carolyn Forte, the director at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, recommends having your carpets cleaned more frequently than once per year. When you have children or pets in your house, indoor allergens will adversely affect their health. She recommends hiring an Upper Valley Carpet Cleaning service every four to six weeks. This is for carpets not area rugs in your home.

Can you clean the immediate surface of the carpet with your vacuum or store bought carpet cleaner? Yes, but you are not going to get deep into the fibers and suck out all of the dirt and allergens. Buying a Rug Doctor machine may sound great, but they lack the capability to get keep down into the carpet. Here’s why.


Let’s Talk About Suction

The Rug Doctor uses an electric vacuum to suck water up at 80 cubic feet per minute. Assuming the machine that you have bought or rented is brand new without defects. The standard truck mounted system has approximately 175 to 350 cubic feet per minute of suction to extract the water, dirt, allergens and grime from your carpets.


Let’s Talk About Heat

Now let’s talk about heat. The Rug Doctor machine will heat the water to approximately 120 degrees which is not bad. The standard truck mounted systems heats water to over 220 degrees. Some carpets stains respond poorly to heat. This is one of the reasons to not skimp on cleaning your carpets. Truck mounted systems simply outperform cheap carpet cleaning systems.


Let’s Talk About Allergens

What is living in your carpets? Do you really know? Here are five tiny critters that may already be in your home that’ll affect your allergies.

  1. Dust mites – These microscopic critters feed on the dead skin that you drop. They affect many people today with asthma.
  2. Fleas – Who doesn’t hate fleas in the house? Fleas love pets, but they can ride into your house on your shoes and clothing. Once you get them, they are really hard to get rid of. Fleas live in your carpets for 30 to 90 days and can lay more than 5,000 eggs during their life.
  3. Bacteria & Viruses
    Did you know that the stomach flu (Norovirus) can live in your carpet for more than a month?
  4. Pollen & Spores
    Our family loves being in the great outdoors, but for someone suffering from allergies. All of those plants, algae, budding flowers are a nightmare. Your carpets are a perfect place to pollen and spores to stay and affect your family.


If you have a commercial building or residential home in the Upper Valley, give us a call. We specialize in cleaning residential homes, commercial office spaces, and restaurant carpets. Upper Valley Carpet Cleaning uses only the best cleaners and truck mounted systems to ensure your carpets are looking and smelling great.

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