* Pet Stains Not Included. Additional Charges May Apply.
** Speed Dry includes extra dry passes with cleaning wand and the use of fans to dry carpets in 2-4 hours.
Kids? Allergies? Pets?…..No Problem!!
What Makes Our Carpet Cleaning Different:
* We use a 7 Step Cleaning Process and a 12 Step Cleaning Process during every carpet cleaning that we do
(Our competition uses 2 steps!)
1: Pre-Inspection: Our technician does a thorough inspection of the areas to be cleaned and details any areas of concern
2: Move Furniture: Moving furniture is included in our carpet cleaning Hillsborough, NJ service. We ask that the home-owner remove and smaller items and breakables from the floor before arrival. Our technicians will move any larger items such as end tables, couches and chairs. We will not move any entertainment centers, china cabinets, hutches or computers.
3: Pre-Vacuum: 70% of carpet soil is dry soil that can be removed by a thorough vacuuming. We vacuum all carpet that will be cleaned, with commercial grade vacuums, to make the cleaning process more efficient. This also prevents spots and stains from coming back! Skipping this process leads to rapid re-soiling and muddy residue in the carpet.
4: Spot Treatment: We are proud to offer Professional Spot Treatment, at no extra cost, in our Deluxe Package to help aid in the removal of spots and stains (Spot and stain removal is not guaranteed).
5: Pre-Condition: This is where the cleaning agent (conditioner) is applied to the carpet which suspends soils and prepares them to be removed from the carpet. Think of this as shampoo or soap when you wash anything that needs to be cleaned.
6: Agitate Conditioner: After the conditioner is applied, it needs to be thoroughly agitated into the carpet to reach the base of the fibers. We will either use a carpet rake or mechanical agitation depending on soil level. Think of this as scrubbing the shampoo into your hair while washing it, would you ever just apply shampoo to the top of your head without scrubbing it in? This is what our competition does, leaving the base of the carpet fibers heavily soiled.
7: Hot Water Extraction (aka Steam Cleaning): After the conditioner has had sufficient time to suspend the soil, the soil and conditioner need to be removed. A combination of 240 degree steam and industrial strength vacuum, blast the soil out of the carpet and into our machines. This process not only removes the soil but sanitizes the carpet as well! Only our specialized equipment is powerful enough to remove the soil and NOT OVER-WET YOUR CARPET!
8: Rinse-Aid: The next step in the carpet cleaning Hillsborough, NJ process is applying a rinse-aid to the carpet fibers. This neutralizes the conditioner that was used to suspend the soil bringing the ph level of the carpet back to neutral. Skipping this process would leave your carpet in a high ph state which will actually attract new soil faster than before you had the carpets cleaned. If you have ever had your carpets cleaned and noticed it getting dirtier quicker, this is why. Again, our competition leaves this crucial step out of the carpet cleaning process.
9: Post Groom: After the carpet fibers have been properly rinsed, it is time to start the drying process. Grooming the carpet fibers into a uniform direction speeds up the drying process and ensures the carpet dries in a uniform order. A carpet that takes too long to dry can cause mold issues and is very inconvenient. Under normal conditions, the carpet should be dry within 4-6 hours.
10: Speed Dry: We know that the speed in which the carpet dries is very important to our customers. That is why we offer our Speed Dry process, at no extra charge, in our Deluxe Package. This reduces drying times to between 2-4 hours (Regular dry times can be 8-24 hours).
11: Replace Furniture: After the carpet grooming, our technicians will replace the furniture that was originally moved. Underneath the legs of the furniture, blue blocks will be used to prevent the feet from getting wet and transferring stain onto the carpet.
12: Post-Inspection: The final process, in our carpet cleaning Hillsborough, NJ service, is to do a final inspection with the homeowner. This ensures customer satisfaction of the job. Our goal is to provide the most thorough cleaning and satisfactory results!
- Hot Water Extraction Method
- Economy and Deluxe Carpet Cleaning Packages Available
- Residential/Commercial Carpet Cleaning
- Spot & Stain Removal
- Pet Stain Removal
- Green Cleaning Available
- Anti-Allergen Options
- State-of-the-art Truck Mounted Equipment
- IICRC Certified Technicians
- Scotchgard Protector
Steam Cleaning vs Other Methods
There are several different methods that have been developed over the years to clean carpet fibers. Some of which include bonnet cleaning, dry carpet cleaning (Host) and steam cleaning. While bonnet cleaning and dry cleaning may be useful in some situations, steam cleaning (professionally referred to as hot water extraction) delivers the healthiest and most thorough carpet cleaning Hillsborough, NJ available. The use of specially designed cleaning agents, along with hot water flushing, provides the deepest cleaning of all the methods. Not only does steam cleaning get the carpet to the cleanest possible state, it also aids in killing bacteria and dust mites!
Truck Mounted Systems vs Portable Machines
Ok, so we have established that steam cleaning is the best way to clean your carpet. Now we will discuss the advantages of a truck mounted steam cleaning unit over a portable steam cleaning unit. The average consumer has 3 main things in mind about getting their carpets cleaned. The finished product, the cost of the cleaning and how long the carpets will stay wet. Professional steam cleaning uses hot water to break down soil and stains, the hotter the water, the better the results. For every 18 degrees in water temperature increase, you double the waters ability to clean. A portable unit performs at an average temperature of 170 degrees and maxes out at 180 degrees. Our truck mounted units operate consistently at 240 degrees. That’s 60 degrees hotter than even the most powerful portable unit, equally over 3 times the cleaning ability.
What is the price difference for the me, the homeowner? As with any labor intensive company, the price of the job is greatly reflective of how long it takes to perform the carpet cleaning Hillsborough, NJ. A truck mounted operating cleaning company can clean, on average, 1/3 faster than a company operating a portable unit. Once the hoses are set up and ran into the home or office, our cleaning technicians can clean at a steady pace without having to worry about moving equipment or refilling/emptying the equipment. This results in a lower final cost to the consumer.
Last but not certainly not least, which system dries the carpet faster? This depends on how much water was used to clean and the ability of the carpet cleaning Hillsborough, NJ system to remove that water. A portable operator will usually need to over compensate for the lack of temperature with more water and more chemical, so the carpet will be wetter. Portable cleaning units use vacuum motors to extract the water, identical to the motors used in household vacuum cleaners. Truck mounted equipment uses a gas powered blower to provide vacuum suction at over 4 times the amount of a portable unit, resulting in dryer carpet!
What To Avoid, When Choosing A Carpet Cleaning Company
Misconception: choosing the company that offers the lowest price is the best idea.
You know what they say, you get what you pay for. This is also very true with professional cleaning. Most cleaning companies are faced with the same business expenses, resulting in the fact that it will usually cost company A the same dollar amount to operate as company B. The only real difference is how these companies plan to earn that dollar amount. Carpet cleaning companies that offer the lowest price HAVE to finish each job as fast as humanly possible in order to do enough work through the day to earn enough money. Either that, or they need to apply high pressure sales tactics to raise each job total. Usually these companies employ both strategies. Hillsborough Vacuum, on the other hand, believes that your hard earned money is more wisely spent on quality service! this means there are no high pressure sales tactics and it also ensures that we will provide the most thorough carpet cleaning Hillsborough, NJ you have ever had! Not all carpet cleaning is created equal.
Misconception: Companies that offer “per room pricing” are a better value
It is actually quite the opposite. Why would you want to pay the same rate for your 10×10 room as another customer would pay for a 20×20 room? Why would you want to pay for a full room when underneath the bed is not being cleaned? Most reputable cleaning companies charge by the square foot. This provides the customer with an accurate price relative to the work they are having done. No more, no less. This also gives you the ability to meet the cleaning technician first and receive honest suggestions based on your specific cleaning needs. Each home is different and each cleaning situation is different.
Complete Spot Removal Guide is copyrighted by the Carpet & Rug Institute and all links are directed to their website.
No one likes it when there is a spill on the floor, but with the help of the CRI, it can be cleaned before becoming a permanent part of the carpet. The information listed below will prepare you to properly deal with spills and keep your carpet clean for years to come.