Hiring A Carpet Cleaner

Consumer Awareness

Professional carpet cleaning service offers many benefits. It can make the home feel clean; eliminate any potentially harmful dirt, allergens, and pollutants that may be lingering in the carpet; and reduce the appearance of spots and stains. The technicians at All American Carpet & Tile in San Diego recommend routine cleanings to maintain the appearance of carpeting.

Here, are some important tips homeowners can follow to extend the life of their carpets.

Vacuum Carpets Often

Some people may think that carpets should only be vacuumed when it looks dirty. This is a misconception. Every time weight is applied to the carpet, dirt gets ground further into it, gradually staining and destroying the carpet fibers. Vacuuming regularly will limit the damage that is caused.

Schedule Regular Carpet Cleanings

Professional cleanings and the re-application of a carpet protector will improve the lifespan of carpeting. Homeowners should have their carpets cleaned at least once a year. Keep in mind that replacing carpet is more expensive than cleaning carpet.

Reasons to Clean

Getting rid of dirt (at All American Carpet & Tile, we call this “cleaning for pretty”) is not the only reason to clean the carpet. Carpets attract fungus, bacteria, pollens, air pollution, smoke, and other chemicals that can be harmful to people and pets. Carpet is like the home’s breathing filter and needs to be vacuumed frequently and professionally cleaned every six to 18 months.

Popular Cleaning Methods Exposed

There are many types of cleaning machines and methods for the homeowner to utilize, including store bought steam cleaners, bonnet shampooing, chemical “dry cleaning”, low moisture encapsulating, and, of course, truck mounted hot water extraction. Hot water extraction is the preferred cleaning method for most carpet manufacturers.

Store Bought Steam Cleaners

Cleaning machines such as the Kirby, Bissel, or Rug Doctor models can be OK for light duty or traffic-area maintenance cleaning if used properly. The problem is, they are not always used properly. The improper use of cleaning solutions, inferior heating capabilities, and the lack of extraction power can over wet the carpet and leave behind a heavy soapy residue. This can lead to reoccurring spots, mildew damage or smells, or even leave the carpet dirtier looking after it dries. These companies want you to believe that use of their machines will replace the need for professional carpet cleaners. Cleaning the carpet in a home in which the owner uses these machines is often obvious; the carpets are crunchy feeling, look dingy, and can even clog extraction hoses and tanks with foam! If used properly, these machines may be okay for interim maintenance but are clearly no substitute for the professional cleaning equipment and the certified technicians at All American Carpet & Tile.

Bonnet Shampooing

This method involves pre-treating the carpet with a foamy shampoo and working it in with a rotary scrubbing machine. The bonnet method may require significant dry time and is not capable of sanitizing carpet fibers due to the lack of hot water. Since no rinse is performed, a residue can continue to collect dirt after cleaning. This method also requires the fibers to be vacuumed after completely dry, which can take hours. Most shampoo companies do not return to vacuum, unfortunately.

Chemical Dry Cleaning

This method involves pre-treating the carpet with a combination of chemicals and solvents, which dry quickly, dissolve oils and greases, and attracts other soils to cotton bonnets used with rotary scrubbing machines. The soils are supposed to stick to the bonnets. This method tends to take heavily soiled areas and blend them with less soiled areas, which can make the carpet “look” cleaner. This method requires the fibers to be vacuumed after completely dry, which may only take an hour or two. Most chemical dry companies do not return to vacuum, unfortunately. Some of the chemical dry cleaning companies have now even incorporated the use of hot water extraction via truck mount method to rinse their chemicals out of customers’ carpets after the carpet manufacturers declared hot water extraction the preferred method of cleaning. However, these companies will not admit they are doing hot water extraction since they have been criticizing this method in the main advertising campaigns.


This newer method involves the application of polymers to carpet with pump up sprayers that encapsulate soil into dry residues on contact. These polymers can be agitated into the fiber with rotary machines or brush applicators. This polymer dries very quickly and is truly a “low-moisture” cleaning method. The dry residue is vacuumable almost immediately. This is a newer technology that has become an accepted method for commercial and residential cleaning. The technicians at All American Carpet & Tile are qualified encapsulate applicators and can use this process if you or your business requires almost immediate access to areas just cleaned.

Hot Water Extraction or Steam Cleaning

How water extraction is more commonly known as steam cleaning. However, by the time the water has reached your carpet, it is around 200 degrees and not steam. Steam can actually damage some carpet fibers. Please read all about our 10-step hot water extraction process on our carpet cleaning page. This is the preferred method of most carpet manufacturers and may be required by them to validate your warranty, along with using only an IICRC certified firm like All American Carpet & Tile.

Choose the Pros

When selecting a company to clean the carpets, it’s important to do a little research. Make sure to choose a company that offers certified carpet cleaners. All American Carpet & Tile’s technicians are certified by the IICRC and Clean Trust, the leading association for the textile, flooring, and upholstery professions.

Keep a Price Range in Mind

Most companies can give an estimate over the phone for basic cleaning needs based on either square footage or number of areas being cleaned. Some apartments and condos can be estimated by area, but we prefer to measure each room and charge by the square foot, which means each customer is charged equally. Out of the ordinary stains and spots like coffee, wine, juice, gum, ink, and pet urine problems may cost extra. Carpet repairs and fiber protection applications are also extra. We here at All American Carpet & Tile are dedicated to providing our customers with exceptional service at a fair price.

Get a Guarantee

The best work is often work that is guaranteed. All American Carpet & Tile guarantees satisfaction on all work. If customers are unhappy with the job All American Carpet & Tile has done, the technicians will re-clean the area at no extra cost.

Our Location

All American Carpet & Tile

4622 Santa Fe St,

San Diego, CA 92109

Phone. 858-483-5300

Fax. 858-273-6640

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