Northridge Carpet Cleaners
Many homeowners take for granted the thoroughness of a professional carpet cleaning. Professional carpet cleaning services do a more careful cleaning while being cognizant of your carpet's material. Not all detergents and cleaners are not compatible with carpet, primarily if you use fine rug in your home that can react poorly to sulfates. Pacific Carpet Care located in Northridge, CA has been the go-to carpet cleaners for the surrounding community for the past 20 years.
Pacific Carpet offers traditional dry cleaning, as well as wet carpet cleaning, including specialty hot water extraction. They are all are viable options for cleaning your carpet, while some methods being preferred for specific applications.
Wet carpet cleaning is very useful in not only removing compacted dirt, but also rejuvenating the carpet's aesthetic. By gently agitating the fibers, wet carpet cleaning can lift dirt in the carpet's underlayers. Carpets are clean, and their vibrant shades are revived.
Wet carpet cleaning is preferred for older carpets that have not responded well to dry carpet cleaning. They can be used anywhere in the home where a carpet is installed, including carpet installed on your staircase. Wet carpet cleaning will also consider the type of carpet that you have, adjusting the pH balance of the water to ensure that the floors are cleaned safely - with alkaline water used for synthetic rugs and slightly more acidic water used for wood or natural fibers. However, it is important to note that it will take some time before all of the moisture in the carpet evaporates. However, Pacific Carpet Care professional wet cleaning will dry much faster than commercially available wet vacs.
With dry carpet cleaning, chemical compounds are used to freshen and deodorize. These solvents break down matter, making it easier for the vacuum to remove. Dry carpet cleaning can be a viable way to spring clean carpets, or rugs in low traffic areas.
One of the main benefits of dry carpet cleaning is the benefit of time. With dry cleaning, the floors can be used again almost instantly after the cleaning process is complete. It's the preferred method for retail and industrial applications, where time management is essential.
Hot water extractions use a combination of high water pressure to agitate the carpet's fibers, and hot water to increase the effectiveness of detergents. With the help of our truck-mounted carpet cleaning machines, water can be heated up to 150 degrees Celsius, or 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hot water extractions are far superior when it comes to washing carpets, with it typically being deployed for target cleaning. If you have a stain that tends to reappear, or pet stains or chemical stains, steam cleaning - when combined with the appropriate detergent - can be a robust method to deodorize and restore carpets.
How Often Should You Be Cleaning Your Carpets?
Commercial vacuums are largely ineffective in adequately cleaning the deeper layers of your carpets. They are a viable method for cleaning visible dirt on the surface, but it won't do well when it comes to stains or alleviating allergens.
Carpets should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months, more often if you have a larger family or if the rug is used in retail settings, where it will be stepped on thousands of time in any given day. Pacific Carpet Care in Northridge will also ensure that only a small amount of moisture is left.
The improper use of steam cleaners can also cause moisture to pool on the carpet's surface, wearing down and ripping up the carpet's fibers. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to the frequency of carpet cleaning:
- Foot traffic. This is one of the leading factors as to how often you will want to clean your carpets professionally. Large families and retail locations will need to have their carpets cleaned much more often than a single-person household.
- Pet Stains. Pet stains are notoriously hard to remove. Even when the odors are not detectable to your sense of smell, pheromones may still linger. You will find that your pet will eliminate in that area repeatedly until it is thoroughly deodorized.
- Wine stains. Wine stains are surprisingly difficult to remove. This is due to the pigments in the wine relating to the anthocyanin family, with the color being dependent on pH. Anthocyanins are also used for fabric dyes since they aggressively adhere to the fibers. Pacific Carpet Care will have the correct cleansers with the right pH to nullify this pigment, and efficiently extricate it with hot water extractions.
- The most common types of materials used when it comes to household and retail carpets include polyester, nylon, wood, and polypropylene. Polyester is a long-lasting material that retains bright colors. It is relatively tough, but easy to clean and vacuum. Nylon is resistant to stains and it is the ideal fiber for high traffic areas. Wool is an organic material, and naturally holds moisture than the other synthetic fibers. Polypropylene is a relatively popular material due to its ability to resist water-based stains. All of these materials have their own requirements when it comes to deodorizing and cleaning. The wrong cleaning material or equipment can permanently damage carpets.
Upholstery cleaning typically focuses on home furniture. Upholstered furniture is in demand for their comfort, and style. Upholstered furniture is fixed with lots of cushions made with foam, enclosed in fabric or some type of leather. Even though upholstery care may seem a bit straightforward, it can potentially be a complicated process, especially if the piece of furniture is made of different types of materials.
The same meticulousness used to clean carpets is also used to clean upholstery. The furniture is first prepped to protect surrounding furnishings. Then a pretreatment is applied, followed by a pre-spot.
Upholstery cleaning equipment can be expensive, with most households and retail locations employing our services as they are more cost-effective. Upholstery cleaning machines typically work by mixing a cleaning solution with steam. The steam activates the sulfates in the detergent, lifting the dirt and oil from any spots. After that, the entire piece of furniture is covered with a solution and a vacuum attachment is used to suction off the solution, which has know acted like a carrier for the dirt. Immediately after the cleaning, the upholstery will be slightly damp, with the furniture being completely dry within a couple of hours.
When is it okay to use water with upholstery? Typically your piece of furniture will have a cleaning code that allows us to approach the cleaning in a way to preserve the structural integrity of the fibers. For example, the letter "W" typically is attached to a piece of furniture that can be cleaned with water. If possible, cushion covers can be laundered according to the manufacturer's instructions. The letter "S" means skip the water and use in non-water-based solvent instead.
All of the upholstered pieces in your home need to be cleaned on a regular basis to cut down on compacted dirt and remove accumulated allergens like pet dander and dust mites. However, too many people allow their upholstered furniture to get dingy looking and be replaced altogether instead of investing the time to preserve it. With the right care, upholstered furniture can last for many years, even look pristine after many decades.
You want to professionally clean your upholstery furniture about once or twice a year. If there are no pets in the house, then that is an adequate frequency. However, if you have pets or children, then you should be cleaning your upholstery furniture much more frequently, about three times a year.
Is there a way to test if you need to clean your upholstery furniture professionally? Actually, yes. Use a cotton towel and rub it on the back and arms of your upholstery furniture. If it comes out gray and smudged, then the furniture requires a good cleaning.
Tile and Grout Cleaning
You have probably wondered why your tile grout tends to have a grimy appearance so quickly. It's important to understand how grout becomes so filthy, and the unique benefits of professional cleaning.
Grout is actually the material between the tiles. The highly porous material is a hotbed for dirt, grime, and bacteria. One of the main culprits of dirty grout can come from your attempts to clean it. At the sign of a dirty grout, many homeowners instinctively go for the mop and their favorite detergent. However, dirty mop water is one of the main reasons why grout stays discolored. As the dirty water evaporates, it leaves a film of dirt behind, which quickly accumulates.
Residential & Commercial Tile Grout Cleaners
Cleaning tile and grout can be a surprisingly tedious process, and you may not be able to get it as clean as you could. Pacific Carpet Care also specializes in grout cleaning, with results giving you brand-new looking floors. Dirty tiles detract from the look of your floors, and professional cleaning will restore its aesthetic.
Professional cleaning will not only restore your tiles, but it will eliminate the dangers of mold and bacteria. This is particularly important if you have children who spend time playing on the floors. Steam will leave behind a clean, almost sterile surface.
Also, the wrong cleaner can potentially damage your tiles. Granite requires a different cleaner than ceramic, for example. Natural stone flooring will need a separate disinfectant as well as to not discolor it. Pacific Carpet Care will be cognizant of these factors and use the necessary cleaner to do their job without damaging the surface.
How often should you clean your tile and grout? Homeowners can maintain their grout's cleanliness and aesthetic appeal by wiping it down with the appropriate cleaner about once a week, or whenever it gets dirty. Proactive cleaning will ensure that grout that does not accumulate a dirty look as quickly. Get your grout professional cleaned every couple of months, or when you have not made it a habit to clean it yourself on a regular basis.
Oriental Rug Cleaning Services in Northridge
Oriental and fine rugs make a statement, tend to be a point of conversation for visitors, and speaks about your home's personality. It is also an expensive piece of furniture. Fine rugs are typically hand-tied, with each strand meticulously made. The presence of an oriental rug communicates your creative and decorative vision for that particular room, and professional cleaning services will ensure that they are correctly taken cared of.
A fine rug will last for decades, but a bit of basic carpet is necessary to keep the prized floor covering looking lustrous for years to come. Regularly rotate the rug, so it does not experience excess wear on one side. Avoiding sunlight is one of the best ways of preserving the intricate colors and designs of your oriental rug. The sunlight will cause the pigments used in the carpets to fade much more quickly. When vacuuming, try not to go over the side fringes, as they can easily get caught in the vacuum's sweeper. In the event of a stain, blot out excess liquid with a cloth, and loosen the stain with a bit of club soda. The club soda is very gentle and will prevent damage to the fibers. Pacific Carpet Care in Northridge will then take over and process the carpet.
All oriental and fine rugs will be individually assessed, ensuring that we recognize the origins of the fibers used. This is an important step to ensure that no additional damage is done during the rejuvenation and cleaning process. We specialize in rugs from varied origins, including Pakistani, Turkish, Afghani, and hand-made carpets.