Basic Carpet Cleaning
A carpet cleaning wand is the tool that most people associate with carpet cleaning. It is the standard used for basic carpet cleaning because it is versatile and lightweight. It does a great job of cleaning carpet that is dirty from normal usage.
With standard carpet cleaning you can expect your carpet to dry in 4-6 hours.
You can speed up this process considerably by getting out your fans, opening windows and otherwise increasing the ventilation.
If you want the carpet cleaners to leave their fans behind, expect a fee for this. It really isn’t necessary to use their fans to dry your carpet, any fan will do.
If you have a flood there are special tools carpet cleaners will use to dry and properly restore your carpet and padding.
These tools are really giant fans that go underneath your carpet and blow hot air from underneath the carpet.
If you have a flood, you want to make sure to get a carpet cleaner over right away. Well, make sure to stop the flood first.
The carpet cleaners are vital to making sure your carpet does not get ruined, and to prevent mold. They can remove baseboard, and help dry your drywall as well. Carpet cleaners are not just good for carpet cleaning, they are who you call when you have a flood.
Not all carpet cleaners offer this service. Cleaning after a flood is called restoration.
IICRC – The Certification to Look for with Carpet Cleaners
A carpet cleaner generally has to be IICRC certified to provide restoration work. The IICRC website also has helpful information regarding floods, and smoke damage. You would never want someone to perform restoration if they have not been IICRC certified.
Often your insurance will pay for this work. Your insurance may have a list of vendors that they work with for floods, so you may want to call your insurance company before you hire anyone.