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    Carpet care is one of those things we tend to take for granted but is very necessary. Many health experts recommend carpets to be cleaned at least twice a year. If you have pets and small kids, cleaning three times a year is ideal. Carpets catch all sorts of dirt; from muddy and annoying stains to suspect smells.

    Cleaning carpets is not that simple; in fact, if it is not done by an expert, you risk over-wetting which can encourage growth of mould or damage the fabric. Let’s have a look at the various methods used to clean carpets.

    Steam Cleaning or Hot Water Extraction

    This is the best method for cleaning carpets – especially for those with heavy stains. It entails application of very hot water under variable pressures. Typically, the carpet will first be vacuumed, and then sprayed with chemicals that bond with the dirt. After a couple of hours, a high-pressure jet spray is used to inject hot water onto the carpet – flushing out all the stains. The water is then vacuumed out and the carpet left for 12 to 18 hours to dry. This method has been known to prolong the life of the carpet.

    Dry Cleaning or Low Moisture Carpet Cleaning

    This is regarded as a “surface-cleaning” method. It is more of maintenance clean which takes a shorter time to dry – from half an hour to a couple of hours. Dry cleaning compounds are sprinkled all over the carpet to absorb dirt from the carpet fibers and crystallize. The vacuum cleaner handles the rest.

    Bonnet Cleaning

    Bonnet cleaning is almost similar to dry cleaning; the only difference is that a pad (or bonnet) is used to rub the carpet with the aim of transferring the dirt onto it. Once this is done, the carpet is vacuumed and left to dry.

    Problems that arise with carpet cleaning are;

    • Damp and musty smells
    • Growth of mould
    • Stains at the back of the carpet
    • Cracking and shrinking which can destroy the carpet

    Some factors you may want to consider when selecting a carpet-cleaning service are outlined below.

    • Check for qualifications. You want to make sure that the person you are hiring has some educational background in carpet care. Knowing what chemicals and equipment to use and how to handle them is very essential.
    • Pricing is normally done per square footage and on the basis of the type of cleaning the carpet requires. This will vary from one freelancer to another.
    • Do they offer any guarantees? Should damage occur, you should know who will be responsible for covering the costs.

    Freelancer.com has hundreds of professional carpet cleaning services – all under one roof. You can look up services near you from the site and check out their portfolio. Use the tips outlined above to help you find the right service for you. Access to carpet cleaning services has never been easier than it is right now. So visit Freelancer.com, post a project and get quotes from different companies in minutes.