Professional carpet cleaning or Bissell or Rug Doctor?

This is one of the most common questions we get, so we like to revisit it every now and then. Should you use a Rug Doctor, a Bissell, or another grocery store rental carpet cleaner, or hire a professional carpet cleaning company? In short, a good, professional carpet cleaner will always be best…but is it always worth the money? Not necessarily.

Rug Doctors and other similar cleaning machine certainly have their place. They are better than just vacuuming, but only if used properly. The problem is, people often put too much cleaner down on the carpet (or in upholstery) and due to the power constraints of an electrically powered cleaning machine, the carpet cleaner might not have enough vacuum power to extract the water. Then the carpet ends up being wet for a long time!

With a professional, you can get a much deeper clean, faster dry times, and a healthier home. But again, this is also only if it’s done correctly! When hiring a carpet cleaning company, make sure they know the proper processes, have the best equipment, and use products that are safe for your home, pets and children!

Best time of year to get carpet cleaned?

Did you know that carpet cleaning tends to be a very seasonal business? Often times it is slower in the winter, as people don't want the cold air getting in their house, kids aren't playing outside and running in with dirty shoes, and pet stains don't have as noticeable of smells when it's cold out. However, with our unique process, it doesn't matter what time of year we do carpet cleaning for you.

We use several high efficiency fans, so even if it's not as warm in your house, the carpet will still dry quickly! Also, we take extra precautions to keep the door closed when it's cold out. 

As spring is upon us and the warm weather starts to hit, we get very booked up. Make sure to contact us right away for a free quote!

Best time of year to clean carpet

Often times, carpet cleaning businesses are most busy in the spring and summer. Any idea why? It's usually because of the idea that the carpet will dry faster when it is warmer outside. There is some truth to this, but only if the cleaner isn't doing everything possible to dry the carpet quickly. 

At Sno-King, we use several high-efficiency fans on every job to ensure quick dry times. We recognize that your carpet being wet is an inconvenience to you and your family. So our carpet drying times range anywhere from 1-5 hours depending on the type of carpet. By doing this, we can achieve quick dry times in any time of year!

Best spot cleaner for carpet

What's the best spot cleaning product for carpet? Is it Resolve, OxiClean, or something else? Well...the answer is definitely something else! The two mentioned above have what's called "optical brighteners." These are disguised in the ingredient list with really long names, but essentially what they do is make the carpet look brighter so it looks clean. However, they're not actually cleaning. Over time they can make the dye in the carpet unstable, leaving it susceptible to bleaching.

For store bought cleaners, we recommend using Folex. But if you hire us, we give you a free lifetime supply of our Spot Out spot cleaner! Even if we're not at your place to clean, we'll just drop one off at no charge!

Carpet is wet too long after cleaning

Have you ever had your carpet cleaned, and then woken up the next morning to still wet carpet? This is a sure sign that the cleaning was not properly done! Typically, our dry times are no more than 8 hours. A few more hours doesn't cause serious concern, but mold can begin growing between 24-48 hours. 

If you have your carpet cleaned and it does not dry quickly, we can come in and do a proper extraction of the water, as well as put high efficiency fans down to speed dry the carpet. 

Safe carpet cleaning chemicals?

We often get questions about which products we use and how safe they are. This is, understandably, of high concern to people, particularly those with children and pets in the home. In our industry, we are required to keep SDS (Safety Data Sheet) binders that have information for every single product on our van. Unfortunately, companies aren't always diligent about knowing how safe their carpet cleaners are.

At Sno-King Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, everything we use is non-toxic (so long as they're not ingested). Also, because of the process of carpet, upholstery and tile cleaning that we use, there's only water left behind when we are done, because we neutralize the pH value when cleaning. So you don't have to worry about your children rolling on the freshly cleaned carpet, or pets sleeping on it. In fact, it can actually help them breathe better by unclogging all the dust and debri in the carpet!

Rug Doctor rental carpet cleaner vs. professional carpet cleaning

There are a lot of DIYers out there, and the carpet cleaning side of things is no different. I get it, I do lot of work on my house myself in order to save money. While rental carpet cleaning machines like Rug Doctors certainly do a better job than vacuuming and they do have their place, there are many things they can't do. Below is a list of a few of the differences between hiring a professional carpet cleaner in the Edmonds area and renting a Rug Doctor.

  • Rug Doctors don't allow for dwell time, which is a key component of the cleaning process for carpet, upholstery, and tile
  • Rug Doctors don't clean as deep, as they only have up to 28 psi, while we run at about 350-400 psi for carpet, and up to 1000 psi for tile.
  • The extraction on a professional hot water extraction carpet cleaning machine is much more powerful, typically at 20+ horsepower, while Rug Doctors have 1.74 horsepower.

If you are in the Edmonds, Shoreline, Lynnwood, or surrounding area, feel free to get in touch with Sno-King Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning for the most thorough process in the industry!

How to get pet stains out of carpet in Edmonds

Often times, pet stains (urine, vomit, feces) cannot easily be treated by household cleaners. The reason for this is because the salts and other aspects need to be properly broken down and extracted out of not only the carpet but also the pad underneath the carpet, and sometimes even the subfloor. Without the proper equipment, it is impossible to extract everything out. Part of this is because pet urine, specifically, is hygroscopic in nature, meaning it essentially feeds itself by pulling moisture from the air. So if it is not all properly extracted, it will feed itself and grow again. Sometimes a product like Nature’s Miracle can help, but it will never fully remove the spot. 

This is why we use an extensive odor and stain removal process to ensure full removal of the spot. Recently, we cleaned for a client in Edmonds who has 3 large dogs who had multiple accidents throughout the house. Fortunately, we are highly trained and skilled in removing both the pet odor and stain, so the urine spots from these dogs didn't stand a chance. Now our client is happy and their home smells great!

If you have any pet stains that you are concerned about, call or e-mail us for a free inspection! 

"How often should I clean my carpet?"

This is certainly one of the most common questions that we receive. The proper answer is really that it's different for everyone. The first thing to consider is if you have purchased new carpet and are concerned about keeping the warranty. If so, most companies require that you have a professional company perform Hot Water Extraction carpet cleaning (which is the method we use) every 12 or 18 months. If you don't do so, they will usually void the warranty.

Secondly, consider the use of your home or office. If you have a home with multiple pets, small children, and lots of get togethers, you should consider cleaning every 6 months. If your home or office is only used by a few people, no pets or children, and you take your shoes off at the door, every year and a half will be sufficient. As always, we will offer to do a free inspection for carpet, upholstery or tile cleaning, as well as give you our advice!

"How long will the carpet be wet" or "How does carpet take to dry after cleaning?"

These are two of the most common questions that we receive, and understandably so. If you are having someone come into your home to do work, of course your hope is that they are as minimally intrusive as possible. At Sno-King Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, that is certainly our goal.

Unfortunately, many companies "over wet" the carpet and do not properly extract, which leads to the idea that carpet will be wet for a day or two after cleaning. Make no mistake, if your carpet is wet for that long after cleaning then you are running the risk of mold growth underneath the carpet which can cause a much larger problem down the road.

When we clean, we make sure that our water pressure is specifically set properly for your carpet, and that our extraction is working as it should to ensure that we extract as much water as possible. Also, we place high efficiency air movers on the carpet to help speed up the drying process. All that being said, 8 hours is our maximum drying time, with most carpet drying with 2-4 hours. We not only want you to have clean carpet, but we want you to be able to get your house back to normal as soon as possible.