We’ve had our carpets cleaned a couple of times in this house, but I recently did some reading on dry cleaning vs. steam cleaning. We own a “steam” (warm water) cleaner and have used it occasionally to put the facade of cleanliness on our carpets. Recently Angie’s List ran a Big Deal giving 4 areas/1100 sq ft. of carpet dry cleaning from a highly rated cleaner (A 1 Dry Carpet Cleaning) for $99. Since we have a new baby that will be on the floor more and more, I decided to have them come out and clean.
I met the owner (and only “field worker”) Miguel who is awesome. I highly recommend the company an am a complete dry clean convert. When he was working, I asked lots of questions and noted his cleaning agents, etc. Sarah was really happy with the way the carpet cleaning turned out as well.
Yesterday I went to work in our much-neglected and very filthy basement stairway with the philosophy that I would like to learn how to use the stuff before I have to use it on our other carpets. I did a side by side to compare:
I know the after doesn’t look awesome, but this carpet is in bad shape. And also I have only the brush and not a commercial carpet agitator like Miguel has.
However, for the short term, I’m really excited that I have a new weapon in my arsenal to fight whatever the three kids throw at us as far as messes go.
A couple of tips:
- Per the instructions (regardless of what you think), start with a fresh vacuum bag
- Go light on the premist or the cleaner will cake up