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Looking for Budget Carpet Cleaning?

As  a veteran carpet cleaning business owner, and certified carpet rug and upholstery cleaner, many people tell me that they need to save money on carpet cleaning these days. They need their carpet cleaned and they want to find an affordable price. They use phrases to describe the prices they have been quoted such as “that’s a large chuck of change,”  and words like “exorbitant.”

I tell them that all carpet cleaners are not the same, there are good and bad, and “you get what you pay for.” Then I try to provide them with information to help them reassess their conclusions.

Firstly, it’s important to understand carpet, why it needs to be cleaned and how.

Wall-to wall carpet is usually made of nylon or polyester, or wool, with a polypropylene backing.  The backing doesn’t need to be cleaned and should not ever get wet as the result of carpet cleaning. Carpet makers tell us that we MUST get our carpets professionally cleaned at least every two years, and by an IICRC Certified firm  (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). If we do that, the carpet remains fully under warranty for about seven years, depending on the terms of your particular carpet warranty.

Folks, carpet cleaning may cost you around three to five-hundred bucks for a house every one to two years, if you vacuum regularly. But the cost of replacing carpet is about ten to twenty times that much!

So let’s not get too hung up on finding the cheapest price.

Here are some of the things people have shared with me, that have happened to them as a result of hiring “bargain” carpet cleaners:

The company doesn’t have reputable, well-serviced equipment and if fails, or in some cases damages the carpet.

The company sends out employees who look scary and don’t have a good appearance.

The company sends out employees who cannot speak English.

The company sends out employees who have an attitude.

The company never shows up.  This is common on smaller carpet cleaning jobs, because if they get a bigger job that day they will just “blow you off.”

The carpet dries slowly, sometimes taking days and days. By that time there are water marks and a bad smell (mildew).

The company sends out employees who don’t honor the original quote given on the phone and  want to charge much, much more for a full “deep” cleaning.  This is called “Bait and Switch.”

By the way, all carpet cleaning jobs should be “deep” cleaning.

There is only two ways to do a carpet cleaning job, the right way and the wrong way. Any carpet cleaning job should be a thorough cleaning with all pre-conditioning included. This will deliver a thorough result, totally clean, without returning spots. That way you get your money’s worth, and you won’t need the service for about another year.

I do recommend ordering “Scotch Guard” or “Dupont Teflon” being applied as well. It will cost a little more but it is well worth it. Just be sure your carpet cleaning professional is IICRC Certified, to ensure they are selling you the service using the best products. You can check this at the IICRC website. Just search in Google for  ”IICRC,” or “certified carpet cleaner”.

Also, make sure the company has a great guarantee. What often happens is this: a consumer does a bunch of price-shopping on the phone, and believes they got a  great bargain on carpet cleaning. The job is done, but when the carpet dries it looks bad, and the customer calls the company back they get voice-mail—and no reply to their calls.

Four Seasons Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning offers a thirty-day guarantee against returning spots. Our motto is “if the spots come back, we come back.” You should not accept less. And, we do feature monthly speciuals on  blog page of our site (News and Monthly Specials).

Now you may be reading this article and wondering “how will I know if I am being overcharged?” Well, what I recommend is to call two or three previous clients of the company you are going to hire, and just ask them if they recommend the company. The company should provide you with references, if you ask.

You may have been looking for affordable carpet cleaning. What I am suggesting is that whether you own your home, or you are renting a house and you need a carpet cleaning after you move out, who can afford to get ripped off? It’s really well worth it to hire a company with a great reputation in the area, and one who can demonstrate real credentials.

Check Out Our Monthly Specials Above!

Carpet Care Tips: Getting Spots and Stains Out

Despite the rise of hard-surface floorings such as hardwood, stone and tile, carpet is still a huge seller. The United States is the single largest purchaser of carpets in the world market, with approximately $500 million in annual sales.

Although hardwood and stone or other tile floors are beautiful, area rugs are a must to provide comfort and sound-absorption in those rooms. And, many people still prefer wall-to wall carpet in areas such as bedrooms.

Keeping nylon, wool, or polyester carpet looking beautiful can be challenging, especially if your household includes pets, children, or both. Since I went into the carpet cleaning business back in the 1980’s, I have done so many jobs which people have asked me the same question: how can I keep my carpet beautiful in-between annual professional carpet cleaning?

First of all, avoid using store-bought carpet spotters. They are full of detergent and tend to add to add tons of sticky chemicals to your carpet, when you use them. However, some professional carpet cleaning companies do offer quality no-rinse carpet spotters for their clients to purchase, and some of those are good.
If you aren’t sure, I would recommend to you simply do this when you find a spot in your carpet:
Make every effort to immediately blot spills with a white cotton terry towel. However, if the spot is already dry, first gently scrape the spot with a spoon, then vacuum it.

If you have a bottle of our own “Four Seasons Carpet Cleaning” spotter, use it with a with a white cotton terry towel, according to the directions.

If not, mix one cup of warm water with a few drops of liquid dish detergent (not the automatic kind). Get a white, cotton terry towel and moisten a corner with the detergent mixture. Next, blot the stain with the towel, then use a dry towel to blot again. Repeat if necessary.

If the carpet or rug is wool, use Woolite instead of dish detergent. Do not use “Oxyclean” or bleach.
If it is a pet stain, you should mix the detergent mixture 50/50 with an enzyme-based pet deodorizer from a pet store. I recommend “Nature’s Miracle.”
The rule is: be sparing (don’t soak your carpet), and if you don’t succeed, call us immediately!

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Trivia Question: What is the oldest known rug?

Answer: The art of carpet weaving existed in Iran in ancient times, according to evidence such as the 2500-year-old Pazyryk carpet, dating back to 500 B.C., during the Achaemenid period.

Our Oriental Rug Bath Facility Serving Ventura and Santa Barbara

Many carpet cleaners promote themselves as “Oriental Rug Cleaning Masters” or “Oriental Rug Cleaning Experts,” but do not actually have the experience, training or specialized equipment necessary for doing a thorough cleaning of an oriental, or other natural-fiber area rug.  Usually they are actually not experts in Oriental rugs, and will use normal carpet cleaning equipment to clean your rugs, and do not even have professional rug-dusting equipment to pre-clean your rug with. This pre-dusting is what shakes sand and grit out of the rug as a first-step.

The number-one expert-recommended method of cleaning many of these rugs is called “full water immersion.” This is where the rug is actually soaked and washed in a flat bath of cold water, after a pre-shampoo to get out tough spots, stains, and soils.

Since opening our rug cleaning facility in Ventura (Four Seasons Rug Spa, 5757  Olivas Park Dr.  # N, Ventura, CA, 93003), building a tried and- tested system  which we purchased  in November, 2009,  and purchasing a second truck for pick-up and delivery of rugs,  we have been really ratcheting up production in our Oriental Rug and Persian rug cleaning operation.  Our Full water-immersion system has cleaned out pet stains, sand, dirt and stains from Camarillo to Ventura to Santa Barbara and our customers are sending in their testimonials.

Kate Garcia of Camarillo says: “Dan removed coffee stains from my oriental rug. Before Dan’s amazing work I was rather ashamed of the rug’s appearance. Now it adds beauty to my home again! I am so pleased! Thank you Dan for the attention you pay to detail, for your courtesy and professional treatment of myself, my home and a prized possession. I will not hesitate to recommend your services to my family, friends, and neighbors. I live in Camarillo and am very happy to have found Four Seasons!”

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Please call us if you are coming to deliver your rugs, or make an appointment with us to come to pick them up. (805) 642-4784