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Carpet Cleaning

Carpet before and after

Below you will find different information related to carpet cleaning, care, and more.


Questions to Ask Your Carpet Cleaner

  1. Do you offer free estimates?

    Dollars Worth does offer free estimates. We even go a step further for those that need things done in a hurry. We will come prepared to do the job for you so if you like the price we are there and ready to go.

  2. What carpet cleaning method do you use?

    Dollars Worth uses hot water extraction, or steam cleaning, which is the recommended carpet cleaning method by the majority of carpet manufacturers. A carpet cleaning technician’s experience can play a big role in the quality of work done. We recommends doing research on the carpet cleaning company, including checking consumer reviews.

  3. Are you bonded and insured?

    Improper chemical use could ruin your carpets, so make sure a carpet cleaning company has bonding and insurance. We recommend requesting to see proof of insurance from the company. Also point out areas of concern with your carpet cleaner upfront.

  4. How long will it take for my carpet to dry?

    We tell our customers to allow around 3 to 4 hours of dry time. This could be longer at times for complete carpet drying, due to many variables such as fiber type and humidity. However, there are ways to shorten the drying time, such as using fans or turning the heat up in the winter.

  5. Is your work guaranteed?

    Dollars Worth stands behind our work and fully guarantee our job. If you start to see stains returning a few days later feel free to call us and we will come and take care of the problem. We do recommend that you call as soon as you see the spots returning of course. We have run into situations where people have waited more than a month to call back or mention anything about it. After a certain period of time it is harder to determine whether the spot has returned or is there due to new soiling. Also the wait can make some stains harder to remove.


Basic Carpet Care and Maintenance

As a floor covering, carpeting is subject to quite a beating day in and day out; if special attention isn’t paid, many carpets have to be replaced prematurely. Without proper carpet care, a floor begins to look dirty and faded and the fibers start to lose their fullness. Regular and thorough carpet care is one of the best ways to prevent these issues, and will keep your flooring looking its best for as long as possible.

Vacuuming carpets frequently and thoroughly is probably the most important factor in carpet care. Dirt works its way down into the fibers of the carpet where it acts like sandpaper, grinding away at each tuft, leaving it limp and dull. Dirt also combines with oil residues carried through the air and eventually glues itself to the carpet. Regular vacuuming prevents both problems. Most experts agree that carpets should be thoroughly vacuumed about once a week, with heavy traffic areas being vacuumed more often.

Whenever spills occur on the carpet, time is of the essence. The sooner it is cleaned up, the easier it will be to do so. Don’t be fooled by spills that are clear or are the same color as the carpet: these can change color over time and become visible stains. The first step in spot cleaning is to blot up the liquid using white paper towels or tissues. Do not add any liquids at this point, as they will only make the spot larger and help it sink deeper into the carpet. Make sure to take your time and absorb as much liquid as possible.

Vacuuming is a great way to keep your carpets maintained. Below are some tips when it comes to vacuuming.

  • Carpets need to be vacuumed once a week and more often in areas of heavy traffic. Frequent vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibers. Every few weeks, take a little extra time and use your crevice tool for cleaning around baseboards and radiators and in other hard–to– reach places.

  • To vacuum wall–to–wall carpeting, divide the floor into quadrants and vacuum an entire quadrant before moving on to the next.

  • Take your time when you vacuum a carpet, especially a plush carpet in which dirt is sure to be deeply embedded. One pass with a high–powered upright is not enough. Go over each section of carpeting several times, and work slowly to allow the suction to remove all the ground–in dust and dirt.

  • Pay special attention to the areas where people sit and move their feet. Vacuum these areas of heavy traffic with a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes.

  • Soil retardants can be applied to new carpets or to newly cleaned carpets. Follow the manufacturers’ advice. Apply soil retardants only with professional equipment using the recommended application techniques.

  • Add baking soda to the bag in your vacuum to fight odors.


Before & after while cleaning

Carpet cleaning schedule

It is always important when maintaining your carpet that you get a schedule when it comes to cleaning your carpets. The first and easiest step can be done by vacuuming your carpet at least once a week. This will help keep smaller dirt from building up on your carpet. it also helps cut down on dust mites as well. Make sure to use a good vacuum and keep the vacuum serviced as well. Do not wait until your bag or container is full before you empty it. It is not even quite halfway before your vacuum loses its effectiveness.

The next area has to do with actually steam cleaning of your carpets. There is not a set amount you can pick. It depends on the traffic and the preferences of the owner. It is highly recommended by carpet manufacturers though to have your carpets professionally cleaned ever 8–12 months.

Making sure to keep on this cleaning schedule, and weekly vacuuming, will keep your carpets looking good and lasting much longer.