I started my carpet cleaning company with this goal: fast dry carpet cleaning in San Diego. At that time the biggest carpet cleaning complaint by consumers was soaked carpets for days. Determined to change that I developed a system to speed dry the task.
Anyone can claim Fast Dry Carpet Cleaning but it’s up to the interpreter. Over the years many have thrown in “Fast Dry” in their advertising without even considering the step. I’ve trained many a Carpet Cleaner in it but the problem is that it’s just too much extra work and cost for the average Splash & Dash carpet cleaner. You see it all starts with Moisture control, a simple concept that is too much for the average carpet cleaner to comprehend.
Dry Carpet Cleaning
One of the reasons Dry Carpet Cleaning took off was because it left carpets dryer while traditional steam cleaners left them soaked. It didn’t leave them cleaner, actually dirtier since the process has no vacuum extraction, no rinsing, so the dirt was rearranged and the chemical cleaner residue was left behind. The consumer never really observed the method or tried to comprehend it, they assumed the carpet was cleaned and we’re happy it dried fast. What? I didn’t say Chemdri or others that use floor buffers to buff carpets and call it cleaning.
We blew the roof off of dry carpet cleaning by actually cleaning them and beating thier dry times. Now, if your thinking I’m just trying to promote my most labor intensive and high overhead method I am. Steam carpet cleaning is the only way! I know this simply because I mastered every so called “cleaning method” out there, still have them all, rarely use them. They are great for me, easiest way to make money but they do not work, period. The guy that uses it and forces himself to take the inferior method is frothing at the mouth in anger right now. It’s dirty, in no way defines “clean” and we can beat the dry times. It’s an uthethical way to clean carpet unless it is absolutely required and if it is explained to the customer.Cleaning
Having a great system that is designed and modified for maximum moisture removal is critical, this means the care cleaner can have more flush & rinse time. That means you get a truly cleaned carpet instead of that quick squirt and suck that leaves dirty water behind. The more power the carpet cleaner has the more volume of water and more extraction.
Moisture control revolves around carpet fiber and carpet construction type. What carpet fiber is the carpet, how much preconditioner can I apply, what preconditioner do I apply for this type of carpet, how long do I leave it on, do I precondition the whole house or 1 room at a time? Not all carpets are the same and most cleaners don’t concern themselves with that. We used to have jute backing on carpets years ago and if you got that backing wet or left the carpets soaked a light yellow or brown tinge would wick back to the surface and ruin everybody’s day. This is still true on many wool carpets but even fine wool carpets have moved away from natural jute backing in the U.S. Jute backed carpeting kept carpet cleaners in check and made them aware of moisture control. There are carpet fiber types that absorb moisture and fiber types that don’t. If it’s a non absorbent fiber it is easy to lose control of the moisture and have the preconditioner and all other moisture soak the backing of the carpet and get into wood (organic)tack strips. The carpet fibers that hold moisture can feed the backboards and cause damage.
Here is what I run into from other carpet cleaners:
Swollen fiber baseboards happen when someone gets sloppy and leaves your carpets soaked. We have wood baseboards and we have the cheap fiber baseboards. Your carpet cleaner should know the difference, the carpet fiber type and take all precautions. If they are swollen, we want to pull the carpet back and inspect for mold on that tack strip!
This is typical of the low-priced carpet cleaners you will find on a groupon, craigslist or some coupon. It’s nothing new, it’s just human behavior – I’m not making very much so let me bang it out real quick.
The synthetic carpet pad is installed on a concrete or wood subfloor, then a synthetic carpet installed over that. Time and time again of soaking wet carpets gets the wood tack strips and the organic paper seam tape set
that can stay moist for days. Mold will grow on anything organic if you feed it!
We find these all the time and have to replace these contaminated areas. Ordinarily these tack strips should never get wet but when you get a carpet cleaner that does not understand moisture control or use a Fast Drying carpet cleaning system then all bets are off.
Today carpet backing is nowhere strong like it used to be. Most cleaners do not realize this! It used to be 80% latex and 20% clay (filler) filling 2 layers of plastic mesh. Today it’s 20% latex and 80% clay. This means the backing is extremely moisture sensitive. Get it wet and you compromise the backing which can delaminate from the carpet. This is one reason we use rotary extraction carpet cleaning with care. Rotary extractors apply too much moisture and don’t extract enough fast enough. We have had to modify our tools and wands to ensure that we did not penetrate the carpet backing. I know this is difficult for many cleaners to understand but if you pulled back the carpet to reveal your work and use a moisture meter you would see the damage. Probably the biggest indicator is when we pull a carpet back to reveal all the clay dust. Here is a picture pet urine that broke down the clay when we pulled carpet back:
See the yellow powder laying on top of the pad. The backing is delaminated from the carpet here. What made it worse was that the installer up sold them on a bogus Pet pad. Rather than let the urine go into the pad where we could get to it, it pooled under carpet and broke down the backing.
Carpet Backing Delamination
The above picture is typical delamination at a carpet to floor transition, this is very typical and we repair these frequently. This is an easy fix but when it is in the center of a room it isn’t as easy.
We feel fast dry service is a required step of proper carpet cleaning
So, Fast Dry carpet cleaning in San Diego is and should be part of every carpet cleaning process. We have coastline areas that normally are humid all year round and during our summers we get quite humid everywhere. Proper carpet cleaning service can not be rendered without it otherwise you the consumer are getting your carpets possibly damaged and ruined.
During a rainy or cloudy day, carpet moisture evaporation is at a stand still but we excel during these days with our quick dry process.
Sure, yes, it’s a big pain in the butt to bring this equipment in and it’s time-consuming which is why most don’t do it or use it. The consumer doesn’t know of the possible damages, mold, mildew, so why worry? Well, we are just not your ordinary carpet cleaning and repair service in San Diego.