Carpet Cleaning Chelsea Today

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Eco Cleaning London has been working in the Chelsea postcode for a number of years.  We provide customers with a variety of services from end of tenancy to carpet cleaning Chelsea.  In this post I want to outline some of the issues regarding carpet cleaning and what to look out for when you get round to getting them cleaned. With the cost of new ones in the region of a thousand pound or more it’s worth taking your time when hiring.

Why should I get my Chelsea carpets regularly cleaned?

If you ask any carpet manufacture how often your carpets should be cleaned then they’ll probably tell you anywhere between every 6 months and every 2 years.  That difference is down to the fact that each house is different.  If you’ve got young kids you’d probably want to get them done on a fairly regular basis.  Spillages, sickness and the like should be dealt with as soon as possible to reduce the risk that you carpet will be stained.  It’s a fact that stains left for months are more difficult to remove than ones which happened only the day before.  Time matters because often a lengthy delay will make it impossible to remove.  For couples and those on their own you’d probably want to get your carpets cleaned every year to 18 months.

What’s the benefit of cleaning my carpet?

Again the answer to this will be different depending on who you ask.  My take on it is that carpets act as a large filter in your home.   The carpet fibers trap airborne dust in them and this is then collected up when you vacuum.  Have ever noticed that in properties with wooden flooring there tends to be lots of dust swirling about?  Many people think that getting rid of the carpets will improve the air quality.  I think it’s the exact opposite.   Over a period of time your carpet will require a deep clean to flush out all the dust and such which is trapped deep within the pile.  A good carpet cleaner, with the correct equipment, will be able to do this task in a quick and safe manner without damaging your floor coverings.

Should I get my carpets eco cleaned?

The answer to this is an obvious yes from us.  The quality of green cleaning products has improved greatly over the last decade or so.  It’s now no longer necessary to use powerful chemicals to get the desired level of cleaning results.  Plant based solutions can get exactly the same effects without you compromising the quality of the air you and your family breath within your home.  Eco products include stain spotters, allergy treatment, sanitisers and more.  Ask your carpet cleaner what product they’ll be using and why they’re not using eco-friendly ones.  Your home environment is crucial to your well being.

Can you remove stains from my carpet?

Removing stains is an essential part of carpet cleaning that we all wish we could guarantee.  Many companies advertise that they guarantee the removal of stains.  Eco Cleaning London does not use this ploy because we believe in being honest with our customers.  It’s a simple fact that some things will permanently damage your carpet.  We’ve all attended a job where there is an ols stain that many people have tried to remove.  It’s still there because it’s permanent.  We find that giving an honest prediction of the outcome is better for us and the customer.

Despite the above we do remove many, many carpet stains.  We use a variety of techniques and spotters to remove many wine, oil and other spillages.  The best thing to do is to contact your carpet cleaner as soon as possible once you’ve created the stain.  This is a better option than buying the first carpet stain remover you see in the supermarket.  Many a person has ruined their carpet by trying to do it themselves.  Often the spotter they use is not suitable for what they spilt or the type of carpet they have.  carpet cleaning in Chelsea

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Carpet Cleaning London | Eco Cleaning Silk and Seagrass Carpets

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Carpet Cleaning Silk and Seagrass Carpets

When it comes to carpeting your home or office it’s really important that you choose the correct type of carpet to lay.  I know this only too well from running a business carpet cleaning in London for nearly 10 years.  Choose the wrong one and you can have big problems with maintaining it.  This has become an increasingly big problems as people choose more unusual types of carpets for their homes and sometimes even office.  When I talk about maintaining a carpet I mean the ability to clean it, remove stains and generally keep it looking neat and tidy.  

 

One of the most basic issues in this discussion is the colour of the carpet.  Over the years there has been a big increase in people fitting beige, and sometime nearly white, coloured carpets in their properties.  I can understand why they do this.  A light coloured carpet makes the property look bigger and brighter.  This is particularly appealing if you’re trying to sell or rent out a property.  It’s all about perception.

 

Unfortunately light coloured carpets are not very practical in shared house, students for example, and for those with young families.  In these scenarios you tend to get a lot of spillages and accidents.   When this happens people don’t alway think of calling for a carpet cleaner and tend to choose to have a go themselves.  To help you choose a reliable company see this post.  This usually involves the use of inappropriate spotters from the supermarket and can make things worse.   So the moral of the story is choose a carpet colour that suits who’s living in a property.  It will extend the life of it and reduce the amount of time and effort you need to maintain it.

 

Another important issue is to choose a carpet type that is cleanable.  As much as a part silk, or bamboo based rug or carpet looks great there is a big issue when it comes down to carpet cleaning.  Buying a rug that is only dry cleanable means you have issues when it comes to dealing with the kids spilling some food or being sick on it.  Quite often you simply won’t be able to get rid of the stain.  Recently I saw a heavily stained wool and silk rug which had been placed under the family dining table.  The family had young kids and it wasn’t long before this rug was beyond cleaning.

 

Another carpet type that I see often throughout London is seagrass type flooring.  This stuff is remarkably durable and will last for many years more than many wool or synthetic type surfaces.  However, as London carpet cleaners will agree on, they are terrible to clean.  Using water on such surfaces will lead to issues of shrinkage and water marks.  The other available carpet cleaning methods are often not able to remove problem stain and general traffic lane problems.  Again I have seen people put this flooring in dining rooms and living room where kids play and eat.

 

This leads us back to what type of carpet should you use.  I’d normally suggest either wool, a wool and synthetic mix, or a simply synthetic carpets.  While we could discuss the merits of each for a long time it usually comes down to cost.  Wool carpets cost significantly more but will last for a lot longer.  They will respond well to cleaning and will look good years after cheaper carpets will have needed replace.  

We have years of experience cleaning all manner of carpets in the London area.  We have cleaned them all using a variety of different techniques from standard Hot Water Extraction, or steam cleaning, to completely dry methods.  We have remove stains from all manner of carpets and rugs, again using a multitude of different chemicals and spotters.  These days we do all this using green cleaning methods and solutions.   So, for carpet cleaning London, give us a call today on 0203 598 6188.

Avoid Costly Carpet Cleaning Problems in Chelsea

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Carpet Cleaning Chelsea – Avoid Costly Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

 

In the days of less sophisticated machinery and harsh chemicals the over wetting of carpets was far more common than it is today.  A lack of professionalism and customers who rented machines to do it themselves were some of the reasons.  Today we have far more powerful machines and more effective cleaning solutions.  

 

Despite this we still see a surprising amount of customers coming to us, in Chelsea and surrounding London boroughs, to deal with problems caused by over-wetting carpets.  The reasons for this include untrained and inexperienced carpet cleaners to the use of the wrong techniques.  We recommend using well trained, experienced people for your carpet cleaning Chelsea needs.  Apart from the inconvenience of long drying times, causing numerous problems to you and your family, why else is this a problem?

 

Carpet Cleaning Shrinking Carpet

Your carpet can shrink for a variety of reason but the main cause is too much water being left in them when they’re cleaned.  Your carpet cleaner may be applying too much cleaning solution, allowing it to penetrate the base of the carpet, or they may be using a machine which doesn’t have the power to extract the excess water.  The outcome is that as the carpet dries it shrinks.  

If the carpet shrinks a little it may be held in place by the fixings at the edge of your carpet and won’t represent a major issue.  However, any significant shrinkage may require the carpet to be professionally re-stretched or replaced. By hiring an established, experienced carpet cleaning Chelsea operator you’ll significantly reduce the risks of carpet shrinkage.

Another significant cause of problems is carpet cleaners using the incorrect method of cleaning.  Some carpets should not be cleaned using traditional hot water extraction methods.  They should be cleaned using a low moisture approach or even dry cleaned.  An experienced operator will be able to identify carpet type and choose the correct method.

Smelly Carpet – Common Odour Problems 

 

A carpet cleaned incorrectly and left over-wet for a long period of time will often develop a musty type smell that is caused by bacteria developing with the carpet fibers.  This smell is not pleasant and is totally avoidable.  A carpet cleaner following the correct procedure will ensure this does not happen.  

In addition to using the correct procedure and the best machinery available it is also important to allow a flow of air through your property.  This helps dry the carpet quickly before any musty smells can develop.

Customers often ask if they should close the windows and turn the heating up in a belief that this will help drying.  It will certainly not.  This will create moisture in the property and often causing problems such as outlined earlier.  So remember to open windows and doors if possible both during and after the cleaning process.  Using an experienced operator will help avoid this problem.  If you hire a machine and do it yourself make sure you are aware of the risks. These are avoidable problems.

Browning Caused by Carpet Cleaning

When people talk about browning problems they are referring to the brown spots that can appear out of nowhere after you’ve cleaned your carpet.  It is a problem particularly with wool carpets and jute backed carpets.

Again these problems tend to happen when customers do it themselves or use poor professional carpet cleaners.  A good technician will ensure that they get the chemical balance correct when they clean your carpets to avoid browning.  This involves neutralising the chemicals used in the cleaning process and ensuring that carpets are dried quickly and aren’t over-wet in the first place.

Next time your carpets need cleaned think about the potential problems of doing it yourself or using cheap, untrained operators to do it.  The problems which can arise can cause lots of stress and can be very costly to fix.  Do your research before hiring a company.  Ask them questions about what experience they have, what they’ll do to avoid the above problems.  If you’re in the Chelsea area of London give us a call today.  For office carpet cleaning in Chelsea check this post out.

Finding The Right Carpet Cleaning Company In London

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Choosing the best carpet cleaning company to suit your needs in London is a huge task.  The amount of companies that a google search throws up is staggering.  Remember you are letting someone into your home that you don’t know.  If you live in London you want to find the best possible carpet cleaning London company.  You can help yourself by follow these simple tips.

How to Choose the Right Carpet Cleaning Company in London

Our first piece of advice is to check how long the carpet cleaning company has been operating.  This is a good barometer of the worth of the service they provide.  A company with many years experience must be doing something right!

Make sure they’re Insured to clean your carpets

When selecting a carpet cleaning London company find out if they have insurance.  This is vital because you want to protect your carpet and household.  Accidents do happen so make sure you are protected.

Check if the Cleaning company is reliable and established

We recommend that you do a bit research before letting any carpet cleaning London company into your home.  Check the reliability of the company.  The internet is a good place to find out how reliable they are through the reviews that customers write.  If the company provides a poor service you can guarantee that a customer will leave a poor review for them.  While it can be difficult to get customers to leave a review for you it tends not to be the case if a company provides a poor service.

Ask for references from previous customers

A good carpet cleaning company in London will be able to, and willing, to provide you with references from previous clients that will testify that they provide a good service.  This allows you to make a more informed judgement before you hire someone.

 

Get an estimate for the work you want done

We always recommend that you obtain an estimate.  Provide details of what you need done.  Let them know the condition of your carpet and the sizes of the areas which need cleaned.  This prevents any nasty problems regarding price once the job is complete.

 

Also, why don’t you ask what machine they use, what process they use and which cleaning agents they intend to use. This will give you an idea about how professional they are and how up to date they are with the industry.  In addition, any reputable carpet cleaning company will price a job based on the size of the carpet, the type and age of the carpet.  They will also take into account the amount of furniture that needs moved before cleaning can commence.  We recommend that you seek a London service which offers a realistic price.  Remember the price will cover things like machinery, cleaning materials and man hours.  A price which sounds too low might often lead to problems further down the line.

Carpet Cleaning Fulham

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Carpet Cleaning Fulham Odour Problem

A recent carpet cleaning job in Fulham, SW6 raised some interesting problems.   The carpet was in a rental propery on Munster Road and had beige carpets throughout the property.  We were asked to clean the property as the customer was moving out and needed an end of tenancy cleaning.

The carpet cleaning appeared to be a straight forward task except one major problem.  The customer had had a cat which had urinated in various locations.  The big problem with this is that a standard carpet clean is usually not sufficient to rid the propery of the smell.  Quite simply the urine goes through the carpet and onto the underlay and, quite often the floorboards.    A standard steam clean of the carpet cleans the fibres of the carpet.  It does not clean the base of the carpet or the underlay.  On this occasion the customer decided to call in carpet fitters and replace the underlay in the parts effected.  We used a neutraliser on the carpet, left it for a significant time, and continued with the clean.

In addition to the above there were various stains on the carpet.  Fortunately these were not serious and were treated with standard spotters and removed.  We also offer the encapsulation carpet cleaning, so why not ask us about this.

When you are faced with a similar problem,  and require carpet cleaning fulham, give us a call.  We have a wealth of experience in dealing with all sorts of problems.  From red wine stains to oil marks we have the knowledge and the cleaning solutions to save the day!

 

End of Tenancy Cleaning Chelsea

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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The above photo is from a recent end of tenancy clean in Chelsea.   Eco Cleaning London also clean carpets and upholstery and operate throughout London.  Call us today for a quote. We also clean carpets in Chelsea

Carpet Cleaning London – Red Wine Stain

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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A recent carpet cleaning job where red wine had been spilt over a nearly new carpet.  As you can see our expert carpet cleaner removed the stains.  #carpetcleaninglondon

Office Carpet Cleaning in London with encapsulation method

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The process of encapsulation office carpet cleaning London is something that you’ve maybe heard of over the last few years.  It’s a low moisture approach which can be used for both domestic and commercial settings.  The benefits of this way of cleaning is that the drying times a short and the quality of clean is of a very high standard.  The following post will cover this and some other benefits that you might find attractive.

Office Carpet Cleaning Drying Times

One of the most commonly asked questions I come across is people asking how long the carpets will take to dry.  With encapsulation I can tell them it will be within the hour.  That’s a conservative estimate as I’ve seen them dry within 30 minutes.  This means that you can enter a premises or a home and within an hour of you finishing the carpets are ready to use.  This is a massive positive in all scenarios but just think about offices and workplace that are open seven days a week.  With this approach the carpets can be done in the early morning or evening and a fine and ready for the workers arriving.  An excellent selling point.

Another practical, and essential, benefit of this method of cleaning is that very little water is required to carry it out.  This is a must when cleaning offices as too much moisture in the office is not good for the extensive computer systems and such that are an integral part of the modern office.  Keeping levels of moisture low limits the chances of damaging the office and the resulting insurance claims associated with these things.  Office carpet cleaning in London with encapsulation products is a sensible approach for both cleaning company and the client.

Reduced Office Carpet Cleaning Times With Encapsulation Cleaning

Using low-moisture encap methods for cleaning office carpets has the added benefit to the client that the times to cleaning large areas is significantly reduced using this method.  This means that offices are not out of use for long periods of time and that far more competitive prices can be offered.

Although there are a variety of methods of delivering this type of cleaning they are all far quicker than traditional methods such as steam cleaning.  Encap cleaning can be done with rotary machine and also Contra Rotating Brush systems(such as the one in the picture)  These machines can cover large areas of carpets very quickly.  Although they can deliver quickly the quality of the clean is very high.

With the cost of this approach being far more competitive it means a reduction in maintenance costs.  Alternatively it means the areas can be cleaned on a far more regular basis than in the past.  This also has a knock on effect on the life span of the surfaces which economically is a massive positive.

Encapsulation Office Carpet Cleaning and Stain Removal

Encapsulation products are great for removing stains from a variety of carpet types.  Not only are they great at removing stains but they can help stop problematic stains from re-appearing as the carpet dries.  This is fantastic news because quite often stains removed by steam cleaning have a habit of returning.  This can cause the carpet cleaner time and money resolving these issues.

Office carpets tend to get more than their fair share of coffee stains.  The good news is that encap products are fantastic on problematic coffee stains.  Coffee stains are one of the main culprits when it comes to stains reappearing. Ask any  office manage and they’ll tell you that this is a major problem.  With this approach this headache can be dealt with once and for all.

The above is a brief explanation of some of the positives to the use of encapsulation cleaning solution for office carpet cleaning London.   For further benefits and a discussion of how this approach would suit your situation feel free to contact on 020 3598 6188.

 

 

 

Carpet Cleaning Chelsea – What’s encap carpet cleaning?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

The encapsulation method of carpet cleaning is a low moisture approach which is much talked about amongst carpet cleaners in Chelsea these days.  Although mostly used in commercial carpet cleaning it definitely has it’s place in domestic properties. 

We have successfully used this technique in properties in Chelsea and Kensington on numerous occasions over the last year. It is perfect when people require extremely quick drying times.

How Does Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Work?

It works something like this.  After a good vacuum the encapsulation solution is sprayed onto the carpet and agitated into the fibers.  The solution then attacks the nasty stains and soils, separating soils from fibers.  The crystallizing polymers, as the cleaning solution is technically called, surround or encapsulate the detergent in solution and the soils that are now suspended or emulsified.  a good vacuum now removes them from the carpet.

Not only does the carpet stay clean longer, but spillages and stains are also “encapsulated” as they attempt to wick back to the surface.This is a magor problem with traditional methods such as hot water extraction.

After the encapsulant is added and worked into the carpet, the carpet (well, the areas that are lighter) looks clean.

It’s not really. The soil is still there, but it is “encapsulated” and waiting for someone to vacuum.

Each time the carpet is vacuumed, it gets cleaner because more soils inside the crystal polymers are vacuumed away.This may not be the best explanation of the process available but I’m sure you can see why people like the idea. 

Quick Drying Carpet Cleaning

When carpet cleaning chelsea, and beyond, customers have been drawn to the quick drying aspect of it.  With steam carpet cleaning it often takes four hours or more to dry. This means that families can’t use the area cleaned over that period.  This can pose a problem for people. an inconvenience if you like.

An equally important factor that customers love is the fact that the carpet gets cleaner the more it’s vacuumed.  This is a revolutionary idea.  I remember being impressed when I first heard about it. 

So when you are considering getting you carpet cleaning done think about this as a method that might have added benefits.  While it’s not ideal for some carpet types it certainly is for others.  Check out this post about how to avoid carpet cleaning common problems

 

Carpet Cleaning Chelsea – Cleaning Filthy Carpets

Monday, June 15th, 2015

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The above photo looks over the Thames towards Chelsea.  It was taken during a break from cleaning carpets in a large two bedroom property in the newly built riverside apartments.  The carpets were standard cut pile ones which were looking in a bad way after the tenants had moved out.  To find out more about carpet cleaning Chelsea read on.

The standard approach is to use steam cleaning on domestic carpets but when they’re in a real bad way you’ve got to change your approach.  In this case we used what you call a contra rotating brush on them.  These brushes, which we often use on office carpets, can often transform carpets which look to be finished.  The lift the pile and also get the cleaning solution into the base of the carpet.  The aggitation created by the tough brushes loosens dirt which has become ingrained over the months and years.  When you then go over the carpet with the tradition hot water extraction, commonly called steam cleaning, you get fantastic results.

The use of two methods of cleaning may appear to be a time consuming exercise but it’s actually the opposite.  While the time taken to set things up is increased it significantly reduces the latter stages of the process.