I wrote this article to help homeowners decide if they should clean or replace their carpet, or clean some parts and replace others.
We would all love to have our carpets look like the day we had them installed: one single, shiny color with all the fibers tight and standing up straight. As we live on it, we experience varying degrees of wear and soiling, depending on how we care for it, how many people use it, what pets live on it, and other factors.
For every carpet there comes a day when its owner must decide if it can be cleaned, or if it needs to be replaced altogether. Then the homeowner feels like she needs to decide if she should call a carpet cleaner or a carpet installer.
This is mostly a personal choice. Some people will consider a carpet “ruined” if it has visible wear in traffic areas. They may choose to replace it because they know that cleaning cannot repair wear—once the carpet fibers have unbound and laid down, nothing will make them stand up again.
Others consider the carpet usable all the way until it becomes dangerous (and beyond) with tears and exposed tackless strips.
This decision is further complicated by the fact that the homeowner may be worried about cleaning pet stains from carpet. Can the carpet be cleaned, with complete pet odor removal and pet stain removal? That’s not a question I can answer without seeing the carpet in person. I can tell you that cat urine removal is more complicated than dog urine removal. Pet stain carpet cleaning is not the same as just cleaning the carpet, because the nature of a pet stain is that it often goes through the carpet and soaks the pad and even the subfloor below. All carpet cleaning machines are designed to clean the top of the carpet only, not the backing, and not the pad. This makes more aggressive carpet cleaning techniques necessary.
The important thing in making this decision is what is important to the homeowner. If she wants her carpet to look brand new, replacement may be a more viable option. If visual cleanliness and sanitary condition is most important, a carpet cleaning may be in order.
If you haven’t had your carpet cleaned before (or if you haven’t had it cleaned well!), you may not know what results to expect from cleaning. For this reason, we’re always happy to give a sample of our work. We would come in, and show you our process on a small section of carpet, so you can see exactly what to expect with the rest of the carpet. You will also get to see exactly how it is done.
We offer the same service with filtration soiling. This describes the black lines that develop at the baseboards, on the edge of the carpet. We can often get these, but not always. If you want these lines removed, we can show you what to expect on a small section of carpet. This will allow you to make an informed decision about whether to have a filtration soiling removal.
It may be the case that some, but not all, of your carpet is not cleanable. In these cases, we can give a quote and a demonstration for cleaning, and another quote for the replacement of other parts. We are truly a one-stop shop in this regard.