Carpet Cleaning in Ottawa and Montreal
Most of people try to keep their living environment as clean as possible and that includes carpets. The most common way of cleaning them is vacuuming and occasional washing. However, seldom do we check if our carpets contain any hidden pollutants that cannot be removed by the above-mentioned processes. For this reason, you should think about your carpet’s history and, if necessary, consider deep cleaning.
In the past, carpets were considered a symbol of high status but these days, they have become commonplace throughout years. Most of us take them for granted—rarely does anyone see carpets as a threat to their health. However, if they aren’t maintained properly, they are not at all harmless.
Should you notice any signs of mold and/or any kind of carpet compromise (odours, stains, etc.), call Mold Busters. We will perform a comprehensive inspection and advise you if any action needs to be taken. Our goal at Mold Busters is to help you establish if your living space needs improvements in terms of mold, poor indoor air quality (IAQ), and various other health enemies.
Why Consider Professional Carpet Cleaning?
Wet carpets take longer to dry than other materials after flooding, dirt accumulation, or any other kind of damage. They easily absorb water, dirt and other pollutants, which can lead to the development of mold, bacteria as well as unpleasant odours. The issues multiply if carpets are located in areas of high humidity such as bathrooms, basements and kitchens.
Indoor air quality is known to be worsened by microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs) emitted from various sources like building materials, paints, air conditioners, appliances, printers and carpets. These gasses create bad odours that come across as musty, earthy or moldy. Carpets are a storehouse for mold spores, dirt, dust, pollen, and all other particulates that enter your home from the outside. If your carpet contains high levels of these pollutants, it can greatly reduce your IAQ on a daily basis and thus lead to health problems.
And if you have kids that is one more reason to pay attention to the condition of carpet. Children play on carpets and come into contact with any materials on or in it. If your carpets aren’t cleaned properly or regularly, your kids are at risk of developing health problems due to a dirty environment.
If you answer “yes” for one or more questions from the following list, carpet cleaning may be necessary for you:
- Do you occasionally skip regular vacuum cleaning of your home?
- Do you have any ventilation issues in your home?
- Do you walk inside with your shoes on?
- Is smoking allowed in your place of residence?
- Do you use air fresheners or scented candles?
- Have there been any water leaks or any water-related problems?
- Do you have any mold concerns?
- Do you share your home with pets?
- Have renovations taken place?
Pollutants accumulate over time, especially if you have large areas of your home covered with carpet. The problem increases if VOCs enter ducts and spread all over your home through the ventilation system.
Moisture can find shelter below carpeting. If it is trapped there for a long time (24-48 hours), mold growth will occur, and mold spores and microbial VOCs will become an integral part of the air you breathe.
Maintenance of your carpets is an important factor to consider for a number of additional reasons like longevity and overall aesthetic. Hence, professional carpet cleaning is the key to clean carpets and a healthy living environment.
The impact of carpets on health is still often debated. Some claim that its messiness assists in staying healthy, while others support the fact it can do more harm than good. For this reason, it is necessary to follow certain rules and recommendations in order to be safe in case either of the above-mentioned situations is correct.
- Avoid installing carpets in rooms with high humidity levels such as bathrooms, basements, kitchens, laundry rooms and other humid areas.
- Don’t cover your whole floor with carpeting if occupants suffer from allergies or asthma.
- Choose carpet materials wisely.
- Vacuum your carpets with the highest-quality vacuums, such as High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuums.
- Steaming helps; however, be sure to dry your carpets well afterwards.
- Avoid or thoroughly clean second-hand carpets and rugs.
- Avoid walking on carpeting in outdoor shoes.
There are many reasons why you should try to follow the advice given above. If not chosen wisely, new carpeting may contain high levels of VOCs, which can be emitted into the air you breathe. The introduction of VOCs into your home means allowing toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and perchloroethylene to enter your home in a process called off-gassing (or out-gassing). These substances, if accumulated over time, can lead to serious health problems such as nausea, different kinds of irritation, and even cancer.
If you cannot perform carpet cleaning regularly or you’re not sure if your carpets need special treatment, contact a professional cleaning company before attempting to do any work yourself. Poor indoor air quality is highly influenced by inadequate and/or dirty carpeting, so sometimes you are unable to remove the sources of toxin exposure with a regular vacuum cleaner or typical carpet cleaning techniques.
Remember, off-gassing releases contaminants that are linked to roughly 180 health problems and conditions, including:
- Allergic reactions
- Irritations (eyes, nose, skin)
- Cognitive problems
Be sure to educate yourself and request carpet cleaning when you notice any signs of compromised indoor air quality. You should have your carpets cleaned by professionals every now and then, (approximately once a year) depending on how often they are used. One more thing you can do preventatively is to schedule an inspection to check the condition of your carpeting. The experts will know what to examine and draw your attention to potential problems.
Carpet Cleaning by Mold Busters
When you turn to professionals to take care of your carpets, you want it to be 100% effective. There are many companies that guarantee carpet cleaning at questionably low rates with complete cleaning and disinfection. Beware of these service providers because when it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. At Mold Busters, we do not have hidden costs and we provide you with genuine advice and service.
While the type of carpet will influence maintenance needs, all carpets have retentive properties that cause particulates like dirt, dust and even mold spores to accumulate and settle deep within the fibres over time. Regular carpet cleaning is an effective way to offset this accumulation of particulates, extend the life of your carpet, and keep it looking (and smelling) great.
Wet cleaning, also known as extraction of steam cleaning, works by pre-conditioning the carpet with a chemical solvent that dissolves soils and oil-based substances that may be present in carpet fibres. Hot water is then pressurized and injected into the carpet, and extracted with a powerful vacuum, leaving your carpet clean from the surface. This also allows the removal of soiling from deep down within the fibres. This is known as extraction and is the most widely used and recommended method for carpet cleaning.
We perform thorough deep carpet cleaning with a VOC-free, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial disinfectant. One of the best things about Mold Busters is that we provide a wide range of services; should we notice any additional problems such as mold, asbestos or any indoor air quality concerns, we will be able to resolve them at once.
If you are in need for professional carpet cleaning, give us a call and let us clean your carpeting thoroughly.