A BETTER CLEAN
CARPET CLEANING - SEE BELOW ON THIS PAGE
Phone Jason & Jan
0274611112 or 0274040164
We have several methods of carpet cleaning and several prices to go with them.....(see further down on this page).
The most popular method, which is not actually our top clean, but the next one down, is called a Shampoo/double steam clean.
The best way I could describe it is to say it’s the nearest thing to how you wash your clothes in a washing machine.
You know how you get a soapy wash and a couple of rinse cycles?
The shampoo machine gives the wash cycle, loosening the soil, then the steam cleaning machine gives the rinse cycles, shooting super hot water onto the soiled carpet and sucking it up in the same motion.
(As far as I know, we are the only carpet cleaners north of Auckland who use a shampoo machine and yet the training schools we go to, and even common sense tells us that a wash cycle is best used before a rinse cycle, and that’s why we use this method most.)
Any marks or soil left in a carpet after this clean are likely to need more specialised treatment.
And that's something I do need to tell you, there are some marks which no carpet cleaning machine will take out of the carpet. Things like tea, coffee, raspberry and orange cordial, which actually dye the carpet. I could run a carpet cleaner over these 50 times and they would still be there.
(These sort of stains need specialised treatment which we do, ((Insurance companies have had us take out stains which other cleaners couldn’t get out)) but this work is always over and above the carpet cleaning price, and there is always an element of risk, which you would have to take responsibility for. On the odd occassion there can be colour loss, colour change or fabric distortion and sometimes the stains don’t come out, although 95% of the time they do. And even if we couldn’t chemically remove it we could put an insert in, if there was a piece of carpet we could use.)
That’s the most popular clean.
There is one clean better than this, and some that suit other purposes.
See below for more details of our Carpet Cleaning methods.
Further down this page are the Carpet Cleaning prices for average sized houses.
We also treat carpets with carpet protector. Its like Scotchguard and Teflon. Call for more details.
CARPET CLEANING METHODS
Someone may say they can clean your carpet, but what exactly will they do with it? What are you getting for your money?
WE BELIEVE IN GIVING YOU AN INFORMED CHOICE.
#1 STEAM CLEAN *
Carpet is pre-sprayed with a citrus-based carpet shampoo preconditioner to help emulsify grease and oil and then given a single pass with a steam cleaning wand.
This is the method used by most carpet cleaning firms throughout the country. It certainly removes a lot of soil from the carpet.
HOWEVER, after many years of experience and having attended many training courses and passing the relevant exams, we have learned that this method on its own does not meet industry standards & should only be recommended for lightly soiled carpet without heavy tracking areas that need only a rinse e.g. Most Bedrooms.
#2 DOUBLE STEAM CLEAN *:
Carpet is pre-sprayed with a citrus-based carpet shampoo preconditioner to help emulsify grease and oil and then double rinsed with the steam cleaner. This method will extract more soil than #1 but it is still not recommended for heavily soiled carpets.
#3 SHAMPOO & STEAM CLEAN *:
The soil is first loosened with the shampoo machine and a citrus-based carpet shampoo preconditioner, followed by a single rinse with the steam cleaner.
Years of experience (and Carpet Cleaning Training Schools) have shown that a shampoo treatment enables far more soil and spots to be removed by the steam cleaning process.
#4 SHAMPOO & DOUBLE STEAM CLEAN *
OUR MOST POPULAR METHOD
The soil is first loosened with the shampoo machine and a citrus-based carpet shampoo preconditioner.
While the soil is held in suspension by the shampoo preconditioner it’s given a double rinse with the steam cleaner, spraying super hot water onto the carpet and extracting it in the same motion.
To our knowledge, we are the only carpet cleaners north of Auckland using a shampoo machine, yet the Training Schools, and even common sense says that a wash cycle is best used before a rinse cycle.
Any marks or soil left after this clean is likely to need specialised treatment.
(This method is recommended for carpets in well-walked heavy traffic areas e.g. Lounge/Dining and Hallways.)
#5 POWER-HEAD VACUUM, SHAMPOO & DOUBLE STEAM CLEAN *(THE DELUXE CLEAN).
This is our only steam cleaning method which fully meets the industry standard S001.
The I.I.C.R.C. (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification) claim that 79% of the dirt in the average carpet is dry particulate which can only be extracted by power-head type vacuums.
Removing this grit is important for extending the life of a carpet.
This method is used when not just looks and cleanliness are of concern, but also where the carpets’ length of days is a priority.
Carpet is vacuumed first with power-head vacuum, then cleaned as per #4.
#6 DRY CLEAN
Handy for motel units where rapid drying is a priority.
Depending on which of our 3 methods are used (see below), carpet can be power-head vacuumed, pre-sprayed with a citrus-based carpet shampoo preconditioner to help emulsify grease and oil, bonnet cleaned with a hot pad which collects the visible soil from the surface of the carpet, and dry buffed with a clean bonnet pad to help speed drying.
Recognised by the industry as being suitable for maintenance cleaning as against restorative cleaning.
NOTE: Certain stains e.g. Coffee, Tea, Orange & Raspberry cordial, Rust, Tar, Chewing gum etc., as well as heavily ingrained traffic areas, DO NOT come out with normal carpet cleaning methods.
These require specialised stain treatments which are charged according to the degree of expertise involved.
ALSO: Polypropylene carpets are well known for “wicking”, which draws up soil from the base of the carpet during the drying process and can sometimes make them look dirty again. This is not a fault of the carpet cleaner and can be remedied with a follow-up treatment at the expense of the customer.
* STEAM CLEANING is the common term for hot water extraction carpet cleaning as recommended by leading carpet manufacturers worldwide
DRY CLEANING CARPET
We have three methods of dry cleaning carpet, going from the budget clean to the best of the bonnet cleaning methods.
I’ll start with the best method,where we go over the carpet first with a power head vacuum.
This has beater brushes that beat the dry dirt from the base of the carpet, and then we follow this by spraying the carpet with a pre-cleaning conditioner which helps to break down greasy soils.
Then we bonnet clean the carpet with super hot dry-cleaning pads to transfer the soil from the carpet to the pads.
And finally, we go over the carpet with dry pads to remove most of the moisture left in the carpet.
This is a very thorough surface clean and anything left after this clean is likely to need more specialised treatment.
Which reminds me, there are some marks which no carpet cleaning machine will take out of the carpet.
Things like tea, coffee, raspberry and orange cordial, which actually dye the carpet. I could run a carpet cleaner over these 50 times and they would still be there.
These stains need specialised treatment which we do, ((Insurance companies have even had us take out stains which other cleaners couldn’t get out)) but this work is always over and above the carpet cleaning price and there is always an element of risk, which you would have to take the responsibility for.
We often have to use chemicals which weren’t designed for use on carpets but then neither was orange and raspberry cordial.
Sometimes the stains don’t come out, although 95% of the time they do.
(And even if we couldn’t chemically remove it we could put an insert in if there was a piece of carpet we could use.)
This clean costs the same as the Shampoo/dbl steam clean.
With our in-between clean we give you the chance to save a bit of money by vacuuming the carpet yourself before we arrive.
Then we do all the rest as I’ve just explained OR if you prefer, we could do the vacuuming and skip the dry pad stage at the end.
This clean costs the same as the Shampoo/single steam clean.
With our budget clean we skip the vacuum and dry pad stages and just precondition and bonnet clean the carpets.
This clean costs the same as the Double steam clean.
HOUSE CARPET CLEAN PRICES
MINIMUM PRICE IS $120 + GST.
RURAL JOBS CAN EXPECT TRAVEL/VEHICLE EXPENSES
STAINS STAINS STAINS
CAN BE REMOVED
YES, most stains can be treated successfully, even the real tuffies like: orange & raspberry food-colouring; tea & coffee; rust, tar, etc.
So often we are called in to treat a stain that someone has already attempted to remove, and so often ‘that someone’ has done irreversible damage through improper treatment, i.e. the wrong method and the wrong cleaning agent.
We recommend that before attempting stain removal yourself, you call Jason at. . . . . . A BETTER CLEAN
Jason has over ten years experience in this field.
Insurance companies have called A BETTER CLEAN to treat stains which other commercial cleaners could not remove.
If you have stains that you or another cleaner have been unable to shift, call on A BETTER CLEAN to be assured of the very best treatment.
Better still, call A BETTER CLEAN before attempting any of the so-called “miracle products” which so often cause irreversible damage to your expensive carpet and/or fabric.
Phone Jason & Jan 0274611112 or 0274040164