Start a Carpet Cleaning Business
Starting your own Professional Carpet Cleaning business offers you a wealth of benefits.
Did you ever wanted to start your own company, be your own boss and make money by yourself? The carpet cleaning business is good idea for a long term profit. You might think it is easy to clean carpets, but it is not so. There is certain specified knowledge about stain removal, general carpet cleaning and basic understanding of the limitations you equipment might have. You need to study these aspects carefully, before offering any service.
There are three general types of carpet cleaning:
- Dry foam carpet cleaning,
- Hybrid liquid extraction and
- The steam cleaning method
Each of these methods has its pros and cons so if you want to offer a professional service then you’d better stick to all of them. Most of the cleaning companies out there use the carpet steam cleaning method, because it is the most effective one. Anyway if you want to start a carpet cleaning business, you will need a good plan and you must have money for start up, because the equipment will be vital for your success.
Picking a good equipment is probably the most important part of your business investment, so you should choose carefully. There are so many different types of cleaning equipment and maybe as many places to buy them. There are many sites about such equipment, some of them offer different types of discounts depending on your purchase. You will find a good discount for your starting business for sure.
After you get your equipment maybe it is time to start working. Oh wait, you will need clients. A great way to popularize your cleaning services is to offer it to your friends and relatives for a discounted price. It will also be a nice experience for you and a chance to correct mistakes that may come along your working. We all know that people like to talk about things that happen to them, especially if they were impressed. So this is a good way to spread the word and get clients.
Carpet Cleaning Methods
Hot Water Extraction or ‘Steam’ Cleaning:
The term “ steam cleaning” is misleading since true steam is never used to clean carpets (the high temperature would do serious damage to carpet fibre and backing). Portable or truck-mounted equipment is used to spray hot water and detergent solution into the carpet pile at a high pressure and then is immediately extracted (vacuumed out) along with the suspended soil particles. Some machines may have rotary brushes or another agitating device to work the solution into the pile and loosen soil.
Factors that affect the results of this method are:
• operator skill and knowledge
• solution temperature
• spray pressure
• vacuum power
• pre-spray: spraying solution on the carpet (particularly very soiled areas) some time before extracting
Notes: Some “truck-mounted” units are merely portable units bolted onto the truck. The best truck-mount machine would be powered by the truck’s engine and not your residential electric supply. These units tend to have stronger vacuums and remove more moisture than portable
units. Anytime a rotary brush is used the potential for carpet fibre damage exists if the type or use of the brush is incorrect.
In this method, detergent solution is released onto the carpet through openings in a rotary brush, whose rotary action converts the solution into foam and works it into the carpet. Once dry, vacuuming removes the residue containing loose, encapsulated soil. At times, chemicals may be added to the detergent solution to reduce odors, retard soiling, brighten colors and/or speed drying.
Notes: If the vacuuming is not done thoroughly and effectively, the residue left in the fibres can act as a soil magnet causing re-soiling very quickly.
Combination of Hot Water Extraction and Shampoo:
As the name implies, this method uses both Hot Water Extraction and Shampoo. This process is particularly effective for cleaning highly soiled carpets, with heavy oil/soil build -up, the process has two steps:
• Shampoo using rotary brush to loosen soil
• Hot Water Extraction using water rather than detergent solution to remove shampoo Some units may combine both steps. It is usually more expensive because of added labor costs.
Notes: For residential cleaning, Hot Water Extraction on its own is usually enough to clean most carpets and rugs with pre-spotting of highly soiled areas as required.
A variation of ‘Shampoo’, Foam is generally applied onto the carpet, usually from aerosol containers, and worked into the carpet with a dry sponge. Once dry, the residue containing suspended soil is simply vacuumed away. Since foam uses little water, there is no danger of over-wetting and the connectedcomplications. For the same reason, this method is not as effective as the “wetter” methods!
Notes: Some foams may leave a residue that is difficult to remove, acts as a soil magnet and may causeproblems with subsequent wet cleaning.
Similar to ‘Shampoo’, Bonnet cleaning employs an absorbent pad (‘bonnet’) attached to the bottom of arotary machine. Detergent solution is sprayed onto the carpet then the rotary pad is used to agitate and remove the soil suspended in the solution from the carpet. Once one side of the pad gets soiled, the sides can be reversed. Some pads have special “scrubbing strips on them. When both sides get soiled, the pad can be replaced and later cleaned.
Spin Bonnet cleaning is often the preferred method in maintaining large commercial office buildings.
Absorbent Dry Compound:
A dry compound containing detergent/ solvent is sprinkled onto the carpet and worked into the pile using machines. The soil particles get encapsulated in the absorbent dry compound and are removed by vacuuming. Since this method does not use any “wet” process, there is no danger of over-wetting.
This type of cleaning is ideal for specialized cleaning of loose or valuable rugs. The rugs are sent through a duster that extracts soil more effectively than routine vacuuming. They are then washed and hung to dry in a controlled air environment. The cleaning company may also offer a special service for repair of valuable rugs, using special equipment.
Notes: Generally in-plant cleaning is more expensive than other methods. One possible way to reduce the cost would be to deliver and pick up your carpet. If you have a valuable rug, as many oriental rugs are, check the reputation and credentials of the cleaning company before entrusting them with your treasure.
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- Telescoping handle for cleaning stairs and compact storage
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