A tale of chivalry by Jeremy Strickland
Once upon a time, in the magical land known as “Michigan,” there was a beautiful queen who lived in a grand castle by a big lake (you may even call it a “Great Lake”). The queen’s little prince, Edward, had brought misery to the kingdom when he came down with a nasty stomach bug and barfed on the royal carpet next to his chamber bed. Distraught, the queen made chicken noodle soup for her beloved child and then summoned the kingdom’s bravest Professional Carpet Cleaners.
“Can you get it all out?” asked the queen.
“I’m almost certain that I can,” said the very good looking carpet cleaner (probably named Jeremy). “Shall I clean the entirety of Prince Edward’s chamber? The great hall? The banquet room? The germs are going to be wherever your son has been and cleaning the carpets will help to get rid of them.”
The queen hesitated. “I don’t know,” she said, looking around her castle floors for other signs of soiling. “We just had this carpet installed a couple of years ago, and it doesn’t look too bad. I don’t want to have it cleaned if it doesn’t need it because it’ll just get dirty faster afterwards.”
The handsome carpet cleaning man (who may or may not have been named Jeremy) gasped!
Working in the professional carpet cleaning industry, I am oftentimes confronted with this old wives tale, and woe to the kingdom, the old wives were right! Sort of. Carpets WILL get dirty faster after being cleaned… IF the carpets have been cleaned improperly.
All soaps and chemicals must be thoroughly rinsed out of the carpet fibers along with the dirt. Otherwise, lingering residues will become like the castle moat, and every invader or dragon that assaults the castle by will become trapped. The spot where the carpet was “cleaned” will end up looking worse than it did before the act of cleaning occurred. It is only when all soaps and chemicals have been rinsed out of the carpet that the carpet will not resoil any faster than if it were new.
This oftentimes happens when you clean your kingdom’s carpets yourself but can also happen with professionals too. Some dastardly carpet cleaning companies run water and cleaning solution through the same line, so they do not rinse their cleaning solution out of the carpet. Instead, they’re applying soap and then vacuuming the excess away. This cuts out the step of having to pre-treat carpets before wanding (what the blue guy above is doing), which may make the job go faster but sacrifices quality. These guys, these court jesters, give the rest of us brave professionals a bad rap.
When summoning a Professional Carpet Cleaning company (which you absolutely should do), be sure to ask their scheduler if they rinse all soaps and chemicals thoroughly with clean water. If they don’t… Thanks, but no thanks! Call someone else.
Randy’s Carpet Care has perfected carpet cleaning methods since 1980. It’s no wonder that we’ve been nominated for Best of West Michigan for the fifteenth consecutive year.
If you’re in the magical land of West Michigan, and you want the carpets of your kingdom cleaned, call us today! (616) 368-2024
And they all lived happily ever after. The end.