1. “EPA Declares DIRTY Carpets, Rugs and other soft surfaces a Health Hazard”
Carpet and furnishings collect and contain harmful bacteria, soil, dust, pollen, and other HARMFUL bio-contaminates. The EPA suggests carpets be cleaned every 6 months to eliminate these hazards. They also found truck-mounted, hot water extraction can be up to 15 times more effective compared to vacuuming every day.
2. Insist on Clean Trust® Certified Firm and Certified Technicians that actually FOLLOW OR EXCEED THE GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONAL CLEANING.
The mission of The Clean Trust (formerly the IICRC) is to “identify and promote an international standard of care that establishes and maintains the health, safety and welfare of the built environment.” However, because there is no regulatory body for this organization, many companies do not follow industry standards. Improper cleaning by leads to damaged carpeting and premature replacement costs.
3. Exceptional cleaning requires proper and well-maintained equipment.
Only the most OUTSTANDING cleaning firms invest its’ resources in the best equipment and ensure proper maintenance, so that each service is performed safely and professionally.
4. Beware of dishonest companies that don’t look out for your best interests.
With any service, consumers should be wary of “Bait and Switch” pricing tactics and unscrupulous business practices. Do these “cheaper” companies perform employee background checks, drug screening, and have proper liability insurance? Do they use harmful products on your goods because they got them on sale, or do they use plant-based products that protect the environment? Do they unnecessarily clean items to make a quick dollar, or do they give an honest opinion and advise replacement of goods if they are too far damaged? Residential carpeting is usually the 2nd or 3rd largest investment in a home, maybe the question should be: why would I use a company based solely on cost?