Q: What should I do to prepare my home for Express carpet cleaning?
A: Any furniture you want moved that has breakables on them, such as pictures or crystal, should be cleared. Our policy is that we will move most furniture that can be safely moved, so if you would like to have a china cabinet, credenza or other large item moved they would have to be empty prior to the crews arrival. Our technicians will do an inspection before they start cleaning and notify you if there is any furniture that can’t be moved. Also, any small items sitting on the carpets to be cleaned, such as boxes, newspapers, toys and shoes, should be picked up. If there is a lot of debris on the carpet it is recommended that you vacuum first.
Q: Will the Expess Deep Clean system shrink my carpet?
A: No. Years ago, some carpets would shrink when cleaned because manufacturers used jute as a backing. Jute is a natural fiber that can shrink when it gets excessively wet, and old steam-cleaning equipment would sometimes cause that kind of over-wetting. Today, nearly all carpet has a synthetic backing, which helps prevent shrinking. In addition, our powerful extraction equipment helps prevent the carpet backing from getting excessively wet.
Q: I've heard that once you clean a carpet it gets dirty quicker. Is that true?
A: Not with the express Deep Clean system. Residue that gets left in the carpet from inferior cleaning processes is what causes rapid re-soiling. Our two-step deep cleaning process uses pressurized hot water and advanced cleaning agents to loosen soil. Then we remove the dirt and the cleaning solution with a pH-balancing rinse and a powerful vacuuming, leaving your carpet soft and clean.
Q: When Express cleans my carpet, does the padding or sub-floor get wet?
A: No. While the Sears Deep Clean system does use a very powerful, deep-cleaning fiber rinse, the system extracts the rinse, the cleaning solution and the dirt very effectively in the same step. That gets your carpets as clean as possible while leaving your padding and sub-floor dry.
Q: How long will it take my carpet to dry?
A: Factors like carpet material and type, and the relative humidity in your home affect the drying time. It can take from 2 to4 hours to be completely dry, but you can walk on it right after cleaning, if necessary.
Q: Why is the hot water extraction the method most carpet makers recommend?
A: In order to get anything truly clean, you need to use water to flush out the cleaning agents and dirt. Hot water extraction is the method that uses a flushing process to remove dirt. (Imagine washing your clothes and not rinsing them. That's what happens to carpet cleaned without the hot water extraction method.) The Express Deep Clean system uses a two-step cleaning process: a pre-conditioning cleaning spray to loosen soil and a combination hot water fiber rinse and a powerful vacuum to extract and remove both the cleaning solution and the dirt.
Q: I've heard water can ruin carpets. Is that true?
A: No. What harms carpet is poor quality machinery that doesn't remove enough of the water to allow the carpet to go through the drying process properly.
Q: Does Carpet Protector really work?
A: Absolutely. Carpet protector is an outstanding product that Express Carpet and Upholstery Care professionals recommend highly. In fact, most new carpet has protector on it - applied by the carpet manufacturer. However, protector wears off because of foot traffic on the carpet, frequent vacuuming, etc.
Q: Why is vacuuming important?
A: The most important thing you can do to keep your carpet looking great is to vacuum it thoroughly and frequently, particularly in high-traffic areas. Vacuuming helps remove dirt particles which dull the carpet's appearance and damage the carpet fibers. Also, use walk-off mats at entrances to minimize dirt particles being tracked onto the carpet and to reduce soil accumulation.
Q: I know regular vacuuming is important. What type of vacuum should I use?
A: A good vacuum cleaner is extremely important in prolonging the life of your carpet. Almost any vacuum cleaner can remove surface dirt, but only a quality machine can effectively remove the soil that's embedded in the pile. We recommend using a vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush or beater/brush combination that agitates the carpet pile to loosen embedded soil. (Note that some thick loop pile carpets can become fuzzy when cleaned with a rotating brush-style vacuum cleaner. For those carpets, we recommend a good quality suction-only machine.
Q: How can I maintain my new carpet warranty?
A: There are three key things to do to maintain your new carpet warranty:
1. Vacuum frequently
2. Clean spills promptly
3. Have periodic professional carpet cleanings
Q: Why is professional cleaning important?
A: When vacuuming no longer removes all of the soil, or you have not been able to remove spots following the recommended carpet care and cleaning procedures, it's time to have your carpet cleaned by a trained and qualified professional cleaner. At Express we know the latest information on carpet construction, carpet care products, and safe, effective cleaning methods to help maintain carpet beauty. For this reason, we recommend, and most carpet manufacturers' warranties require, periodic professional cleaning.
Q: How often should my carpet be cleaned?
A: We recommend professional cleaning at least every 12 months.
Q: I've heard it's best to put off having your carpet cleaned as long as possible, is this true?
A: No. In fact, many of the major carpet mills today recommend professional cleaning at least once per year. The build up of soil in your carpet in combination with foot traffic creates abrasion that breaks down your carpets' fibers. The higher the traffic in a given area, the more often the carpet will need cleaning.