Systematic Carpet Cleaning Process
Your carpeting is one of the first things people notice when they enter your home. Without regular professional cleaning, it can also be a source of agitation for family members who have allergies. Like a giant air filter in your home, your carpets absorb dirt, animal dander, pollens and other allergens that not only can affect your home’s appearance, but also your family’s health.
A professional cleaning every six to 12 months helps maintain your carpets’ appearance and reduces allergens and other substances that can build up in your carpeting. ServiceMaster Clean® has the equipment and expertise to remove dirt, detergent, allergens and moisture—unlike rented carpet-cleaning equipment, which leaves carpets wet with detergent residue and may not remove that allergens that can affect the entire family. If you have babies and toddlers who crawl and play on your carpeting, regular professional carpet is crucial to their health.
Our exclusive carpet cleaning process includes:
- Preliminary inspection to determine the best cleaning method
- Pre-treatment of spots and stains
- Pre-application of cleaning products to loosen ground-in soil
- Rinsing your carpet with clear, hot water
- Post-treatment of any residual stains
- Carpet grooming for efficient drying and a uniform appearance
- Pads under furniture legs to protect the carpet while it dries
- Final inspection with you to ensure your complete satisfaction
Shading and Pile Reversal
in Rugs and Carpets
Shading and pile reversal can cause areas of a carpet or a rug to appear to be lighter or darker than the rest of the carpet. Areas at one end of a rug may appear lighter while the other end may appear darker. This condition is called shading and is also known as pile reversal.
WHAT CAUSES SHADING and
Carpet and rug pile has a natural slope in one direction. As long as the tufts slant in the same direction, the carpet or rug has uniform color throughout. However, some of the tufts may slant against this normal pile lay, causing a variation in the way light is reflected from the napped surface.
Changes in the lay of the pile usually develop gradually in traffic areas or in front of frequently used articles of furniture. However, shading may also occur in areas of less traffic, such as under furniture. It can even be present in brand new carpet or rugs.
In some cases, shading becomes more apparent after the rug or carpet is cleaned, which may lead you to believe the shaded appearance developed during the cleaning process. But this phenomenon CANNOT OCCUR overnight, it must develop gradually over time. The shading was probably not visible before cleaning because of lighting, the placement of furniture or uniform soiling over the entire surface.
WHICH TYPE OF CARPET OR RUG IS MORE LIKELY TO HAVE THIS CONDITION?
Shading occurs most frequently on dense, deep, velvety cut-pile carpets. Many Chinese and dense-pile Indian rugs will show some shading or pile distortion after use or the first cleaning. Although it can affect multicolored or printed-design carpet, the problem is most obvious on solid colored carpets.
WHAT ABOUT MY VELVET UPHOLSTERY?
Velvet upholstery can be subject to pile reversal or pile distortion as well. This can happen after a period of time with surface dirt or wear causing separate pile strands to fall over in different directions. We carry special equipment in our plant to help to alleviate the uneven and 'dirty' appearance this condition can give to your upholstered furniture.
CAN SHADING and PILE REVERSAL BE PREVENTED OR CORRECTED?
Little can be done to prevent or correct shading. It is an inherent characteristic of certain types of carpet and rugs. It can be slowed by vacuuming or brushing the pile in one direction during daily or weekly maintenance, for ex, with a Carpet Rake.
Use the Carpet Rake to:
· Rake the carpet in the opposite direction of the pile to release embedded dirt before you vacuum and you will see how much more dirt can be picked up.
· 'Groom' the carpet in the direction of the pile for a smooth and luxurious perfectly groomed look!