18, June 2016: When searching for a quality carpet cleaner, keep in mind that not all carpet cleaning services are created equal or operate the same, according to Steve Ford, an IICRC certified master carpet cleaner and head of Embassy Carpet Cleaners, the premier Irvine, California family owned company that has been business since 1985.
Steve, who was responding to a customer question: “Can you explain just what the differences are between shampooing, Chem-Dry and steam cleaning, and which one really is the best?”, believes there are several key factors separating a high quality carpet cleaning process that delivers a healthier cleaning for carpets from one that drenches carpets with gallons of water and harsh cleaners.
Steve explains further: “First of all, shampooing is a wet method of cleaning similar to hot water extraction. However, it is not very effective because there is no rinsing process and therefore leaves behind a dirty-soapy residue. This then causes more new dirt to be attracted to your carpet”.
As it relates to Chem-Dry vs Steam Cleaning, Steve noted that the former uses a proprietary method of rotary dry cleaning. “Although it is not considered a ‘wet’ method of cleaning know that some water is used. Basically, the cleaning agents are sprayed onto the carpet, then a big buffer (like the ones used to polish floors) is ran across the carpet. Under the buffer wheel is a big, fluffy, mop-like cloth. This is what picks up the soil. Since there is no method to really vacuum out the dirt, only the surface of the carpet gets clean. It can’t get deep soil from the carpet,” said Steve.
The Embassy Carpet Cleaners master carpet cleaner, however, added that the only difference between Chem-Dry and other generic rotary “dry cleaners” is that Chem-Dry has a patent on their cleaning product. It’s carbonated. “In theory, this carbonation is supposed to lift the dirt to the surface of the carpet. It’s kind of like how the air bubbles rise in a can of soda. Besides, since there is a limited amount of extraction involved, the carbonation effect is a moot point,” said Steve.
Steam cleaning, on the other hand, which is overwhelmingly recognized as the most thorough and deep carpet cleaning method on the planet, Steve believes, “is the only cleaning system that combines all elements that are necessary to fully clean a carpet to its highest potential.” Steam cleaning, which utilizes the maximum amount of agitation, extraction, water temperature and ability to rinse all in one, uses the heat of the water to more than just remove spots, spills and stains.
However, according to Embassy Carpet Cleaners, Steam Cleaning does more than just kill bacteria. Steve claims the powerful high performance extraction system used by steam cleaning takes the dirty water out of your home into a sealed waste water tank on our truck, leaving your carpets clean and smelling great. That is why industry experts and IICRC trainers agree steam cleaning is the best and most thorough cleaning method of all carpet cleaning services. Steam cleaning is also the recommend method of carpet cleaning by most leading carpet manufactures.
Besides Steve, the other half of the heart and soul of Embassy Carpet Cleaners is his wife Dawn. Together they provide the following services to keep clients’ home beautiful, healthful to live in and to help maintain their investments:
• Carpet Cleaning
• Upholstery Cleaning
• Tile Cleaning
• Carpet Repair
• Dye Restoration
• Pet Odor Removal
• Stain Removal
About Embassy Carpet Cleaners:
Embassy Carpet Cleaners is owned and operated by Steve and Dawn Ford. Steve, who has studied for years under the guidance of a Certified Master Cleaner and Senior Carpet Inspector, has excelled in the art of Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, Carpet Repair, Spot Dyeing, Odor Control and Water Damage Restoration.
For further information about a specific home or office that needs professional carpet, tile or upholstery cleaning, please contact:
Steve Ford, Owner