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Choosing a Carpet Cleaning Company

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Choosing a Carpet Cleaning Company

Posted on 21 August 2010 by admin

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Relationship between Price and Quality

Posted on 19 August 2010 by admin

Contrary to what most people think, when looking into hiring a professional carpet cleaning company to work for you, there is no apparent proof that the more you pay the better the service you’ll get.

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According to a study done in Marin County, CA by Consumers’ Checkbook, you have to choose carefully to be able to get both a cleaner carpet and value for money. It all boils down to experience and expertise and not the price tag on their services. You just have to do your research.

“One of the things Consumers’ Checkbook finds very often is that there’s no relationship between price and quality. And that is certainly true among carpet cleaning firms,” Robert Krughoff from Consumers’ Checkbook said.

One example of a company who scores high on both quality of service and price is North Bay Carpet Cleaning. One of 64 Bay Area companies, North Bay Carpet Cleaning serves much of Marin County. Their experienced technicians, who have been in the business for many years, know exactly where to find the hard spots and how to treat them.

Good quality professional carpet cleaners charge by the type of carpet that you have and by the square foot. Be cautious of carpet cleaning companies who charge by the room and those who sell various add-on items like deodorizers and soil protectors that doesn’t seem to work anyways.

So when you are looking for the right carpet cleaning company to treat your carpets, don’t just go for the highest priced service provider you can find. Put in mind that there is no relationship between price and quality. Look for experience, good referrals, and expertise.

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Bissell Enters Carpet Cleaner Rental Market

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Bissell Enters Carpet Cleaner Rental Market

Posted on 18 August 2010 by admin

So it seems that Bissell is getting into the rental business. I just read that they plan on setting up areas that will rent their Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine and its accompanying products. Apparently of the 800 stores they plan on launching in several hundred of them will be Lowe’s. Bissell will be charging $24.99 a day for rentals plus the cost of chemicals and any other attachments that may be needed.

One of Bissell’s main competitors will be the Rug Doctor, whom Bissell believes they will have a leg up on. They say that their machine is faster and easier to use than other similar units. The Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine has rotating Dirtlifter brushes that rotate backwards and forwards and a DryAire function that heats the carpet to help speed up drying times. The units also have a removable tank for clean and waste water. The pricing and the kiosk set up will be similar to that of Rug Doctor. But it appears that the main difference could possibly be in the cost of buying one of the units. Bissell plans on selling their Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine for around $400 while the Rug Doctor unit starts out around $600.

Bissell believes that they can become the leader in the carpet cleaner rental market. They feel that even though the market may be a bit slow now, it still has the potential to hit several hundred million dollars in sales annually. This is apparently enough motivation for them to branch out with this addition to their business.

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Removing Pet Odors From Carpet Is Easy With These Cleaning Tips

Removing Pet Odors From Carpet Is Easy With These Cleaning Tips

Posted on 05 August 2010 by admin

You’ve spent all day cleaning your house. You’ve done the floors and the windows, washed the dishes, taken out the garbage, etc., etc. But if odors are still in your carpet then it’s almost like you did nothing. There are some houses that, even though look clean as a whistle, have some major odor issues.

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It’s hard to see how clean a room is when your eyes are watering from a bad odor. Luckily there are solutions to this malodorous problem and some of them may cost you as little as a box of baking soda.

The quickest and easiest solution for most carpet odors is baking soda. Many times this is all you’ll need to knock out typical odors. All you need to do is sprinkle some on the effected area and leave it there for a few minutes. This allows the baking soda time to permeate the carpet and absorb any odors. Then just vacuum the applied area and that should be it.

Sometimes carpet odors are not quite as simple. Sometimes baking soda just isn’t enough for a difficult odor. In situations like this you might need a carpet foam cleaner. These products can be found at a reasonable price at any local hardware store or super center. Just follow the instructions on the label and voila! The odor is gone.

But what happens when you’ve got an odor that just won’t budge? It could be time to break out some bigger guns. You get odors in your carpet by not cleaning regularly. In these situations steam cleaning might be your best bet. Steam cleaning loosens the dirt in your carpet fibers which allows the trapped odor to be removed more effectively. For better results, use a steam cleaning product in conjunction with the steam. Steam cleaning products can also be bought at any local store as well as white vinegar for a more eco friendly option.

Sometimes the source of carpet odors isn’t in the carpet itself but rather in the padding just beneath. When this is the case your only option is to replace the pad, which can cost a lot of time and money. This should not be considered until after you’ve exhausted all other options. If you cannot remove a carpet odor on your own you should consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner to tackle the problem before deciding to replace the padding. Professional cleaners have all the necessary tools that can save you from having to fork out big money to replace a part of your floor.

These tips should help you with most ordinary carpet odors but sometimes you may still need to call in a professional for those more difficult ones. And always exhaust all other avenues before deciding to replace your carpet or the carpet padding.

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