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Wednesday, February 27 2013
Choosing The Right Carpet Cleaner in Elk Grove California:

Yesterday I was referred to a residential rental property in Elk Grove, California by a close personal friend whom I have known for over 15 years. He was assisting the homeowners with the property and they came to the decision that the carpets needed to be cleaned before the property could be rented. The previous tenants had lived in the home for quite sometime with a number of dogs. The carpet was old (over 10 years) and was stained throughout with food, beverage, and pet stains. In other words the carpets were very dirty, heavily soiled, but they were savable. There was an obvious smell of 'dog' in the house.
 
I was the second Elk Grove carpet cleaner called to the scene. A competitor had stopped by the day before and had quoted a much lower bid than me and indicated that he was going to "Bonnet Clean" the carpets. If you do not know what bonnet cleaning is here is the definition I found using Wikipedia:

After club soda mixed with cleaning product is deposited onto the surface as mist, a round buffer or "bonnet" scrubs the mixture with rotating motion. This industry machine resembles a floor buffer, with an absorbent spin pad that attracts soil and is rinsed or replaced repeatedly. The bonnet method is not strictly dry-cleaning and involves significant drying time.[8] To reduce pile distortion, the absorbent pad should be kept well-lubricated with cleaning solution.

When there is a large amount of foreign material below the carpet backing, extraction with a wet process may be needed. The spin-bonnet method may not be as capable of sanitizing carpet fibers due to the lack of hot water, but a post-cleaning application of an antimicrobial agent is used to make up for this. Compared to steam cleaning, the small amounts of water required with spin-bonnet carpet cleaning favor water-conservation considerations.

My competitor won the bid because he was lower in price than I was. I estimated that this 1,800 square foot, wall to wall carpeting, home would take me about (3) hours to properly clean, using my 12 Step Carpet Cleaning Method, and it would require another 2-4 hours to dry. My competitor stated that it would only take him about 1 1/2 hours to clean and it would be dry in 2 hours. The question I have is "What is he leaving out?" Where my competitor and I differ the most is NOT in PRICE but the QUALITY OF WORK. If you check with the carpet manufactures you will find that they ONLY recommend "hot water extraction" , or steam cleaning as it is commonly called, method for cleaning residential carpets. Ask your self this question "If you were about to move into this home which cleaning method would you want?" I thought so.

Until Next Time,

Michael Hull


 

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Monday, February 25 2013
Elk Grove Carpet Cleaning 2013:

Spring is just about here and people are making plans for their annual Spring Cleaning. I know because my clients are calling me and wanting to schedule an appointment for Carpet Cleaning, Tile & Grout Cleaning, Concrete Cleaning, Tile Shower Cleaning, etc.  Recently a client, who I had cleaned her travertine floor just about a year ago was calling me to clean her carpets this time.

Last year this hard working single mother had used a coupon from Val PaK to have her carpets cleaned. The coupon was for $99.00 and it appeared to be a bargain. Her carpets were cleaned by local carpet cleaner on a Monday and I arrived on Tuesday to clean and seal the travertine floor. When I arrived I could tell she was uneasy and I asked her what was wrong. She said that she had paid this guy $99.00 to clean her carpets and they were still wet from the day before. I asked her to show me the rooms and the stains were still visible in the carpets as were the wand strokes from his machine, and yes the carpets were still wet. As a courtesy I treated the stains with a residue free stain remover, raked her carpet, and put a blow dryer in each room. The blow dryers dried out the carpets in about (2) hours and the carpets looked much better.

This year when it was time to clean her carpets again she did not call the 'Coupon Guy' but called me instead. I told her that I would be more than double of what she paid last time (this was a whole house cleaning) and she agreed to the price. It took me about (3) hours of non-stop work to clean and dry her carpets. Her carpets finished drying about (2) hours later. As I was setting the knap (raking the carpet) she told me that she had never seen anyone do that before. I explained to her that there are (12) distinct steps I take when cleaning carpets and in order to beat me on price the other guy would have to leave out some of those (12) steps. The big question is which one(s)?

It goes without saying - "Cheap things aren't good and good things aren't cheap." 

Have A Great Day,

Michael Hull
 



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Thursday, February 21 2013
Ceramic Tile & Grout Cleaning 2013:
Recently I was called to a home of a client who needed her ceramic tile & sanded grout re-cleaned. I had done this house several years ago so it was no surprise that I would be receiving a call from the homeowners. The lady of the house asked me to clean the kitchen, dining, and a small bathroom. She took me into the bathroom and I could see a white powdery residue on a large portion of the grout. She explained to me that she had been told by a friend that she could clean the grout with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Unfortunately, the grout was almost completely gone. The hydrogen peroxide had eaten away almost all of the grout.
 
I often get asked about using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda as a cleaning solution and I say the same thing each and everytime. First, hydrogen peroxide is NOT a cleaning solution it is an acid. The common 3% solution you buy at the store has a pH level of 6.5 on the pH scale which makes it an acid. Acids, of any kind, will eventually eat the grout. Often times people will attempt to bleach out stains using hydrogen peroxide only to find that they have created other problems. Secondly, baking soda is NOT a cleaning solution. Now I know you will find baking soda in various types of soaps but baking soda alone is NOT a cleaning solution but rather a water softner. If you were to clean your clothes in baking soda alone or combined with hydrogen peroxide you would not like the end result. Your clothes would not necessarily feel or smell clean when they come out of the wash. This inexpensive cleaning solution that my client used is now going to cost her about $200.00 to fix. 

A word of caution to anyone reading this: Just because it's on the internet doesn't make it true. I hope this article has been helpful to you. If you have questions please contact me at paddle@frontiernet.net. 

Until Next Time,

Michael Hull
 
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