Calgary Carpet Cleaning Service
We are happy to announce that we now offer carpet cleaning as part of our regular home cleaning and maid service in Calgary and the surrounding areas of Airdrie, Okotoks, Chestermere, and Cochrane. For our carpet cleaning service we use the hot water extraction method. Hot water extraction for carpet cleaning is the best method of cleaning carpets and provides a number of benefits. Hot water extraction carpet cleaning often goes by the terms of steam cleaning, carpet steam cleaning, and carpet shampooing. Generally these all refer to the newer method where the carpets are cleaned with a self contained unit.
How does hot water extraction carpet cleaning work?
Carpet cleaning with this kind of system is actually quite straight forward. As the name implies, hot water is mixed with a cleaning solution and injected into your carpet at high pressure. The combination of high pressure and cleaning solution gently loosens the dirt, soil, and grime. While this high pressure solution is being injected into the carpet, an attached high-powered vacuum continually removes the hot water solution containing all of the dirtiness that has been loosened from the carpet threads. This allows the cleaning solution to be injected and almost immediately removed, meaning that the carpet cleaning itself occurs very quickly. This makes carpet cleaning a quick and affordable way to make your home look (almost) brand new. An average Calgary home with several carpeted rooms can be completed within 2 hours.
What are the benefits of carpet cleaning?
If your carpets are in need of sprucing up you have two options: put in new carpets or get your carpets professionally cleaned. We’ll let you guess which is more expensive… but in case you’re not sure, putting in new carpets is more expensive than getting them cleaned. Lets take a typical 200 sq ft bedroom as an example. Not including the cost of the carpet itself, carpet installation prices will cost you $60 to remove and dispose, and a minimum of $134 to install. The installation cost for a single bedroom could be as high as $200 depending on the type of fabric being installed. So for a single bedroom the cost to put in new carpet is almost $200 on the low end. Add on additional rooms, hallways, stairs, any carpeted living areas, and the cost to put in new carpets could be in the thousands of dollars when you factor in price for the material itself as well. Meanwhile to get your carpets professionally cleaned, you’d be looking at a couple hundred dollars and 1-2 hours for the entire home.
The other big benefit is that your carpets will look brand new. This is important if you a) like clean carpets, which we assume to be the case if you’re on of our recurring house cleaning customers in Calgary as well; or b) you need them to look good. What does this mean? Well this would be a situation in which you are moving out, either out of a rental (to get that sweet sweet deposit back), or are prepping your home for sale. Carpet cleaning is a great addition to our move out service. Carpet stains will stick out, and this is especially true when the home is empty. You don’t want to lose part of your deposit or the interest of a buyer because of something that’s easily fixable.
Additionally, your carpet warranty may require you to have the carpets cleaned professionally. At the very least, certain home cleaning methods are likely to void your carpet warranty. This is definitely one of those cases where you should take great care with how you clean your carpets. Improper carpet care may end up costing you hundreds to thousands of dollars. WestMaids carpet cleaning will ensure your carpet is cleaned professionally, maintaining your manufacturers warranty.
Bigger is not always better
Carpet cleaners that use the hot water extraction method come in two formats: mobile vacuum units (kind of like a tall vacuum) and truck mounted units. Both systems have pros and cons, but we at WestMaids use the mobile vacuum system. While the truck mounted carpet cleaners provide superior pressure and vacuum abilities, this comes at the expense of mobility. The truck mounted units cannot access apartment buildings due to the limited length of the hose, while the mobile systems can go anywhere (as long as multi floor buildings have an elevator). The truck mounted units are much more expensive as the units are massive (fill the back of a cargo van), and require a dedicated vehicle just to transport. Additionally, the greater pressure and vacuum capabilities are not necessary to effectively clean the vast majority of carpets. As a result they have a large disadvantage in terms of cost and usability.
We chatted with our friends over at Spark Clean Maids about their carpet cleaning services, and they largely had the same experience. Their staff has found that in most cases truck mounted carpet cleaners are unnecessary in residential applications.
When to call WestMaids carpet cleaners
This is an often neglected aspect of carpet maintenance by home owners. Commonly the carpets are simply vacuumed and spot treated when necessary, until the carpet is worn away, resembling a beaten down version of its original self. Much like cars, carpets need to be maintained on a regular basis, otherwise they will be worn down to the point where cleaning them professionally is not effective. This shortens the life of your carpets and makes them harder to clean professionally. As a result, all of the dirt, stains, spills, pet traffic, and in some cases critters (mites, fleas, other bugs) is much more difficult to remove. Annual carpet cleanings are recommended to maintain the cleanliness and ensure the condition of your carpets is extended for as long as possible. As mentioned above, a well maintained carpet will also greatly improve the resale value of your home. A fresh, lush carpet provides a much more pleasant experience for potential buyers than when flat and worn away.
If you’re looking at booking a carpet cleaning, feel free to head to our Calgary carpet cleaning page or contact us and we can help you out. If you have any questions, please send an email or give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.