STEAMGARD FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
should I do before Steamgard
Remove small items from the top of
any furniture that you want moved,
dressers, tables, nightstands, etc.
Vacuum to make sure that there is
not any large debris on the floor.
How long will my carpet take to
3 to 5 hours drying time, depending
on the airflow in the building.
Furniture will be blocked or padded
Why should I use entry mats?
Dirt will not come off on the hard
floor, it will come off on the
carpet. You need something with a
soft pile to absorb the moisture.
You should place entry mats inside
the doorway and outside the doorway
to trap the soil before it gets to
the carpet. A mat that is vinyl on
the back and a soft pile carpet on
the top is the best because the
water will run off them when hosed
off and the softer pile will absorb
the dirt and moisture.
How often should I have my carpet
Carpet should be cleaned once a year
under normal conditions, twice a
year in those areas that get
excessive traffic. The amount of
dirt that is in the carpet is in
direct relation with how your carpet
is going to wear. The more dirt and
the longer the dirt is in the carpet
the faster the carpet is going to
How does dirt affect my carpet?
Dirt is abrasive. When walking on
the carpet, you grind the dirt into
the fiber. The dirt will star to
wear the fiber causing the carpet to
mat down and show wear paths in the
high traffic areas. Dirt can also
cause discoloring in the carpet. It
will start to wear the dye in the
carpet making it look faded or even
darker in the worn areas, depending
on the color of the carpeting.
Why choose steam cleaning over
When you steam clean carpet, water
comes in at a high pressure and high
temperature making the cleaning
chemical more effective and the heat
decreases the drying time. The water
is put into the carpet and is
immediately extracted, creating a
flushing action, releasing the dirt.
When you dry clean, you are brushing
the chemical in to the carpet,
relying on a vacuum cleaner to get
the chemical and dirt out of the
carpet. A vacuum cleaner is only 5%
effective at its best leaving the
chemical in the carpet to attract
more dirt. Years ago it was said
that after you clean a carpet it
would get dirty faster.
That is because, when they cleaned
carpet, they used carpet shampoo or
a dry chemical. The chemical was
left in the carpet attracting more
Why shouldn't I clean my own
The machines that you rent at the
store are not as powerful as
truck-mounted equipment. You are
relying on 15-amp circuit to power
the machine. The chemicals that you
buy for the rental machines are not
strong enough to get the job done.
The manufacturers could not get
product liability insurance to cover
the product. Truck mounted machines
are more powerful and efficient.
They have higher water temperatures
and stronger vacuum, leaving the
carpets cleaner and dryer. By not
getting the water out, you are not
getting the dirt out, and you are
leaving chemical in the carpet to
Why should I use a carpet
While most of the carpet
manufacturers claim that the carpets
are treated with stain resistor,
there is not really anything on the
market that will resist liquid
stains. Whatever the carpet was
treated with at the factory wore off
the first six months the carpet was
used. Steamgard uses Soilgard, which
is a Teflon based protector. There
are imperfections in the carpet
fiber to which the dirt adheres. The
Soilgard will fill in the
imperfections keeping the dirt
toward the top of the fibers making
your vacuum cleaner more effective.
This will keep the carpet cleaner
How do I remove allergens from my
Carpet attracts the pollen on your
clothes from outside, the chemicals
in the air from cooking, dust that
filters through the furnace, etc. A
good, deep, steam cleaning will
remove all of this from the carpet.
Removing the carpet will not remove
airborn allergens. There is no way
to keep this from happening, but,
cleaning your carpets on a regular
basis will keep it under control.
carpet can last 20 years - cleaning
adds years to it's lifespan!