Category: Carpets

Tips for Starting Your Own Carpet Cleaning Business

Getting a job can sometimes be very frustrating. On top of that, being self-employed gives you the motivation to go on working even for long hours, knowing that the profits will solely be yours. One of the options to be self-employed is starting up a carpet cleaning company like my friend. His company is based in Cardiff and he is doing really well for himself so I thought I would write this post to help other people who are wanting to do something similar.

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It is a process in itself, one that can have some of the most returning benefits in the long run. Here are some tips for starting your own carpet cleaning business;

  • Get some training – you need to have a good knowledge of the techniques and details involved in carpet cleaning. Clients like a knowledgeable person, one they can trust the goods to. You should also learn about the terms used in carpet cleaning methods and equipment. Get to know which types of carpet cleaning methods are the best for specific types of carpets. As simple as it may sound, carpet cleaning is a very difficult task without the right training. Your clients also will love it when you keep advising them on the best cleaning methods and give them superb cleaning results.
  • Choose the right equipment – cleaning carpets returns can be calculated by the average work handled per hour. This means that the larger and fast the machine is, the more carpets it will clean per hour. This, of course, is only necessary if your workplace is busy enough. Spending some extra money on a bigger machine can, in the end, prove very economical and profitable in the long run. This also includes getting the right cleaning chemicals and detergents. Some types of carpet cleaning machines require specific types of cleaning chemicals. You will learn all the information in your training course.
  • Delivery services – in the course of your work, you will experience some clients with very busy schedules, too much that they cannot afford to come to your place of work. Here, you will be forced to provide them with delivery services. That includes taking the carpet from their homes and back after cleaning. This will appear very professional to your clients. It will also establish a good relationship between you both. Getting a reliable contact number and the van is the right move towards this.
  • Get as many customers as possible – the more customers you have the better it is in terms of profits. The first step towards this is choosing the right location for your business. Choose a location that clients can easily locate. Next, get all the necessary certifications. The client wants to see that you are operating legally. After that, always keep the quality of your services as high as possible. Never return to your clients a damp carpet, or a partly cleaned one. This will attract more clients to your business.

These tips will in a big way help you establish a very successful carpet cleaning business. Always bear in mind that your clients are your most valuable assets.

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Carpet stain removal: What not to do

As great as carpet looks in a home, it could take a mere second for it to get spoiled by a nasty stain becoming a source of filth as well as irritation, not to mention an eyesore. Carpet stains are very common, and they can happen in any form including stained footwear, liquid spills and pet actions. The carpets covering the largest spaces in a home are a lot more susceptible to these stains, and they always call for an on-the-spot cleaning. If the stains are not removed as immediately they stain the carpet; the stain could damage the carpet. Now, most people have no experience in stain removal nor do they happen to have the right cleaning equipment, and when this happens, they commit numerous unintentional mistakes that only worsen the stains instead of removing them.

Below are some of the top things you should never do in the situation of carpet stain to avoid permanent marks and damages to your otherwise beautiful expensive carpets.

  • Do not delay the cleaning procedure because the longer they stay, the worse the stain becomes. Dig out the solids and absorb the liquids with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Do not use a carpet cleaning solution without first testing it on a discreet area.
  • Do not wipe or even scrub, not even gently. You should tackle the carpet very tenderly using a stain remover to prevent the stain from being absorbed more profoundly in the fibres. You should also consider blotting with a clean towel.
  • Do not rub the spill on the carpet either. If you do this, you will only push the stain further deeper into the carpet, and you will fray the fibres if you rub too hard.
  • Do not stop cleaning the stain with the clean clothes until all the stain goes away and there is no more on the blotting cloth.
  • Do not, under any circumstances over-wet the carpet. What you should do is mix water with a moderate amount of the cleaning solution. If you add water, it will seep in the carpet and ruin the delicate backing.
  • Do not use too much of soap or cleaning solution because soap will leave residue behind and the cleaning solution might as well. Too much residue will be cause for future staining.
  • Do not clean without rinsing, which is very important because it will remove the excess solvent, soap or stain remover. If you do not and leave residue on the carpet, you will be inviting dirt to the spot and an additional stain.
  • Hot water can be very good for cleaning stains but do not put your hand because you risk burning yourself. Instead, you can just use a heated carpet extractor or a carpet cleaner that hold water in water tanks.
  • Do not apply a solvent directly on the stain unless there are proper ventilation and protection from sparks.
  • Do not use alcohol on acrylic surfaces
  • Do not, ever; air dries your carpet because it will lead to visible stains. Instead, cover that spot with a porous white cloth and then place a heavy stainless object and let it sit to dry overnight.

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