I hear too many times from friends and family about their displeasure of carpet cleaning. Have you ever experienced problems similar the ones I have heard?

  • Carpets seem to get dirty quickly after cleaning.
  • Carpets seem sticky or clumpy afterwards.
  • Carpets take too long to dry.
  • Carpets smell funny.

The Science Behind Carpet Cleaning

There is a science to cleaning carpets, specifically in regard to pH levels. All of the reasons above are a direct result from not leaving carpets in a neutral state after cleaning. pH stands for Potential of Hydrogen, and if chemicals and/or soaps are used, the carpets are left alkaline. The goal is to use an acid based rinse to bring the levels of the carpet back to neutral. If you remember from science class in fifth grade they taught us about ph. While neutral is a seven on the scale, one through six are considered to be acidic, leaving eight through fourteen to be alkaline. After the cleaning is performed it is crucial for the pH of the carpet to be neutral. If this is achieved you will experience a better carpet clean. Many carpet cleaning companies do not realize this, and while they may do a satisfactory job, you could be disappointed. The following steps are necessary to clean carpets effectively, adding life to the cleanliness of the carpet.

  1. Pre-vacuum
  2. Spot treatment
  3. Test clean on spotted areas
  4. Raking of carpet
  5. Movement of furniture
  6. Hot water extraction cleaning
  7. Acid rinse to bring ph back to neutral
  8. Raking of carpet
  9. Air movement to speed dry
  10. Movement of furniture
  11. Blocking of all furniture

In the future, when selecting a carpet cleaning company, remember there is a science to it and select a company that understands pH and how it affects the long-term life of your carpets.