Cleaning carpet when it's cold outside

It’s a very common belief that it’s better to have your carpet professionally cleaned when it is warm outside. Although there is some truth behind this, the real answer is that it shouldn’t matter, as long as you hire a high quality company.

Drying carpet is not just about temperature. In fact it’s more about airflow. We use 7 (seven!) high-efficiency fans on every fans to ensure the fastest dry times possible. While we carry 3 different types, one of them is pictured below. This fan is used for quickly drying upholstery and small rooms, while we have other fans to quickly dry larger areas of carpet after cleaning.

With this process that we use, there is no need for concern when having the carpet cleaned while it’s colder outside. Depending how warm you keep your house, it can actually be better to clean the carpet in the winter! In the summer, it gets very humid and even with airflow from our fans, it can get so humid that it slows the drying process.

So if you’re trying to decide if now or later is a good time to book a cleaning, our recommendation would be to contact us before it gets too warm out!

carpet drying fan

Should I vacuum before carpet cleaning?

Here’s a popular question that we often get asked, and one that you might like the answer to. In short, yes, the carpet should always be vacuumed before cleaning. While many carpet cleaning companies will ask you to vacuum before they arrive, we do the vacuuming for you! In addition to that, there are a few keys to a good vacuuming job:

  • Of course- use a good vacuum! Don’t get duped by infomercials and creative marketing. The flashiest, fanciest looking vacuums typically are not the best. We recommend going with trusted brands like Sanitaire and ProTeam (both of which you can buy commercial versions of for the same price or cheaper than high end homeowner styles)

  • Go slooooow. The “pull pass” (meaning as you pull the vacuum back toward you) is where you pick up the most amount of soil. Focus on the pull pass and go slowly.

  • Get the corners. I know, it’s tedious. But it really is that important to use the accessories to get the corners of rooms up against the baseboards. Otherwise, over time, you’ll see unsightly dark lines of dust and dirt start to build up. Surprisingly, those can be very difficult to get out.

Of course, if you have any questions about vacuums or anything related to them, you can always reach out to us and ask!

Pet and Kid Safe Carpet Cleaning

In the old days, carpet cleaners used some very toxic and harmful chemicals because there weren’t “green” or “non-toxic” solutions that worked very well. Fortunately for all of us, technology has come a long way and now we can achieve amazing carpet cleaning results while not putting the health of you, your children or pets at risk. We use non-toxic chemicals that don’t leave any sticky or harmful residue behind.

In addition to wanting to keep our clients’ homes safe and healthy after carpet or upholstery cleaning, we care about our health as well! We are working hands on with our products every day and want to stay healthy while we clean carpet, upholstery and tile. So if you want a professional carpet cleaning company that will still make your home look clean while not pumping dangerous chemicals into your air, call or text us at 206-801-0161!

Why hire a professional carpet cleaner?

I get it. I am a DYI’er myself. The upside of saving money can often times make it worth it to do a project yourself. The question is, do you have comparable skill, knowledge and equipment as the pros? If so, then you’re really just putting more time in and saving money! If not, the results could be disappointing. Carpet, upholstery and tile cleaning are services that can’t possibly be performed as well with at-home equipment, no matter how high your knowledge level. You can certainly do good maintenance cleaning with home equipment, but the yearly deep cleans should always done professionally.

Top reasons to hire a professional carpet cleaning company:

  • Technicians who are professionally trained and certified (like us!) will know the differences between different types of fibers and what cleaners to use on them. That way you don’t have to purchase multiple different spot cleaners to try to get spots out.

  • When you rent a cleaner from a store, you don’t know where it’s been. Did the last person just rinse out a wine spill, or were they cleaning up dog urine, or worse?

  • Our equipment can penetrate deeper for a thorough clean, creates higher heat (up to 240 degrees!), and has much better extraction power to remove all the soil and let the carpet dry faster. See the photo at the bottom for the machines that we use!

If you ever have questions about our carpet cleaning process, how to get spots out of carpet, or when to use something like a Rug Doctor or Bissell, feel free to reach us at 206-801-0161. Thank you!

Truck Mount carpet cleaning

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!

How intrusive is our carpet cleaning process?

Many times when you are having work done on your house, there is a concern of how intrusive the workers will be. With carpet cleaning, it's certainly understandable to be concerned about the carpet cleaning machine making noise, or all the equipment taking up a lot of space in your home. 

"You're never in our way, because we are in your home." That is our mentality when you hire us to clean your carpet, upholstery or tile. The machine that we use is mounted inside our van, so we don't bring a large, loud carpet cleaning machine into your home. Rather, we just have our hoses and some other tools that we try to keep all within a small area so they're not in your way.

Whether you need carpet, tile or upholstery cleaning, we'll always do our best to accommodate your space and make sure we don't intrude any more than necessary!

Carpet Cleaning Myth: Dry Cleaning is Better Than Wet Cleaning

When it comes to carpet cleaning methods, our customers in the Edmonds and surrounding areas often wonder which is best. There are hot water extraction methods (like we use), dry carpet cleaning, bonnet cleaning, shampooing, etc. Most times the concern is whether wet or dry cleaning is better.

Hot water extraction cleaning is recommended by most carpet manufacturers. In fact, many of them will void your carpet warranty if you have any other method of cleaning done. The reason is because hot water extraction, or steam cleaning as it's often referred to, is the most thorough way to clean, and helps your carpet last longer. Rather than using highly chemical compounds like dry cleaning, steam carpet cleaning allows us to use the hot water and vacuum power to extract the dirty soil from your carpet, upholstery, or tile, thus leaving it clean and free of soil.

How long does professional carpet cleaning take?

When we serve our customers, they often want to know how long the cleaning appointment will take. This is absolutely a fair question; as we are intruding in your home! The answer of course depends on how much carpet we are cleaning, how heavy the soil load is, if we are treating for pet stains in carpet, if we are applying a Scotchgard protector on the carpet, etc. We are very aware that we are in the way while we are cleaning, and make every effort to finish as quickly as possible. However, we do have the most thorough process in the industry, and we won't sacrifice quality for time, because we want your carpet, upholstery, or tile to look as good as it possibly can.

Above anything, our main concern is making you happy. Whatever it takes to do that is what we will do!

Carpet cleaner with good reviews

If you're like me, you often look online for services businesses, like a carpet cleaner, or restaurants that are highly rated on review websites. That's why we strive to take great care of our customers, that way they will hopefully leave us positive reviews, thus driving more business our way.

We also have a fantastic referral program, which you can learn about here!

If we have done carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, or tile cleaning for you and you'd like to review us, please feel free to go here:

Guaranteed satisfaction carpet cleaning

All of our cleanings are now guaranteed! What does this means? It means that if you are not happy with the customer service or the cleaning results of your carpet, upholstery, or tile, then you don't pay us. Period.

We have worked very hard to improve all of our methods to ensure we are the best local cleaners, and now we are backing it up with the Sno-King Guarantee: If you are not happy with our service, then you don't pay. It's that simple.