LOOKING FOR CARPET CLEANERS IN GLASGOW?
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SEARCHING FOR GLASGOW CARPET CLEANERS?
Check us out and get your carpets cleaned by one of Glasgow’s longest established
specialist domestic and commercial cleaning carpet, rug and sofa cleaners.
WHO WE ARE
GCCS have over 19 years experience in the carpet cleaning business. We will only ever use best practices, best equipment and best chemicals to bring your carpets and upholstery back to as close to ‘as new’ as possible.
Unlike other organisations we make sure our team is quality checked and re-trained on a regular basis. This way you’ll know that the standards we insist on are always being met ensuring a great job for you. This way even the most stubborn of carpet stains will be removed.
WE LISTEN TO YOU
LAST AND BEST PRACTICES
Nothing stands still. This is especially true of best practices when it comes to our providing a service. We constantly upgrade our knowledge, the equipment we use and our understanding of what it takes to provide a truly deep clean for our customers.
HIRE WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE
With one of our industry’s most comprehensive guarantee’s,
Glasgow Carpet Cleaning Specialists gives you complete peace of mind that comes from knowing you hired a professional you can trust.
Save yourself having to hire a carpet cleaner.
Get a free quote by calling us on 07342 103775 now!!
Why Choose Our Cleaning Services?
- Eco-friendly procedures – we promise to keep your home allergen free and we never use harsh chemicals in our process.
- No hidden fees and charges with us, and no bait and switch either – just a rock solid cleaning service from A to Z.
- Free, no-obligation quotes – Our support assistants will provide you a personalised quote for your upholstery cleaning or carpet cleaning job.
- Competitive prices and superb deals – Looking to combine a few cleaning services? In that case we can give you a discount? Just ask – we’ve got just the right offer for you!
- Extensive hot water extraction (HWE) steam cleaning experience – Knowledge is vital, but knowledge with experience is much better. All of our certified cleaning technicians have both.
- Professional equipment – We will completely clean your rugs, carpets and upholstery using the hot water extraction method (the most recommended method of cleaning modern carpet fibres by all the major carpet manufacturers) using Prochem and Karcher professional equipment. We also use encapsulation or dry compound treatment if required – depending on the degree of soling, the carpet type (fibres, laminate backing, tuffed or velvet-piled carpets).
- We operate 7 days a week and even on some bank holidays. We can send cleaners at a short notice at a time that is convenient for you.
- Complete coverage within the Greater Glasgow – Our carpet cleaners provide coverage throughout all of Glasgow.
Why we work the way we do!
1. OUR FUTURE - YOUR SATISFACTION
2. OUR GUARANTEE
We promise that your carpets or leather cleaning will be made as clean as humanly possible and if you don’t agree, we will stay there and re-clean them for free until you do. We are that confident in our cleaning procedures.
3. SIMPLE BUT IMPORTANT STUFF
Some simple things our customers tell us are important to them when we clean their carpets, rugs or sofa’s – so we make sure we do them.
1. Leave the carpets or upholstery as dry as possible – this is one thing our customers always ask “how soon will my carpet be dry after you’ve cleaned them?”
2. Turn up on time. Nothing else needs to be said about this!
3. Move furniture as required. You shouldn’t need to do this.
4. Offer a great service at a reasonable price. – We offer great VFM, but we’re not the cheapest. Paying a little usually results in getting a little. In the carpet cleaning services business, that’s definitely the case.
Here’s some examples of work we did recently. This is a very small sample. And we have lots of examples of carpets we’ve cleaned, rugs we’ve brought back to life and upholstery we cleaned.
If you see a job similar to the one you are looking to get done in your home, then get in touch.
Your carpet cleaning job may be similar to one we have did before for one of our customers or maybe your upholstery cleaning in Glasgow is a one off – we will come out and give you a free quote and set a day and time that suits you to get your job done.
Just call us on 07342103775
Do it now while it’s fresh in your mind.
We often get people searching online for the following phrases:
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Fortunately we feel we can answer those people who live in Glasgow when they search for these phrases online. Call us to find out how we can help you. Whether you need leather conditioning, upholstery cleaning or stain removal, using our eco-friendly procedures we will do that for you.
As an experienced Glasgow Carpet Cleaning Company we are able to offer our customers a reliable cleaning experience, providing high quality professional carpet cleaning services in and around Glasgow. Our customers can rely on our help 7 days a week – even on some bank holidays. Whether you need carpet cleaning services in Glasgow or other procedures such as upholstery cleaning, stain removal or leather conditioning we can provide superb results by using our years of expertise in the cleaning industry.
But don’t just take our word for it…
What our customers say
Just a few of the many testimonials we have on file..
“You guys did a great job in my flat and took care with my cats. I definitely recommend your services to everyone. My rug came up a treat and the smell was fantastic.”
Got William and Derek in to do my complete house and they cleaned it from top to bottom expertly. They even got some stains out that had been there for years and had been cleaned before. ES, Glasgow
“So glad I chose you guys to do my carpets and suites. I was frankly quite scared to let someone lose but you came up trumps. Glad the old place smells great again after the party.”
“Livingroom, Hall and 3 seater sofa all cleaned and Derek left the carpets almost dry so I could walk on them in a few hours. I definitely recommend Glasgow Carpet Cleaning Specialists…”
For the geeks amongst us – who like the in depth techy stuff here’s all the info you’ll ever need to up your knowledge about carpet cleaning and all things related to getting a great carpet cleaner for your job.
What is carpet cleaning - a definition.
Carpet cleaning, for appearance, and the removal of stains, dirt, and allergens is done through several methods. Clean carpets are recognized by manufacturers as being more visually pleasing, potentially longer-lasting, and probably healthier than poorly maintained carpets. Source Wikipedia
Bottom line if you are seeking carpet cleaners in Glasgow, then give us a call for a free quote. We promise to get your house cleaned asap.
Types of carpet cleaning
There are many types of carpet cleaning. Here are the names of the most common and effective types:
Hot water extraction
Dry foam carpet cleaning
Lets look at each in turn.
Hot water extraction
Although there is an actual steam cleaning industrial process, in carpet cleaning, “steam cleaning” is often cited and known as hot water soil extraction cleaning. Also know in the profession as HWE. In HWE, equipment sprays at some pressure, heated water and detergent on the carpet simultaneously. Then the water and detergent is extracted, along with any dislodged and dissolved dirt.
Most modern carpet manufacturers recommend professional hot water extraction as it’s the most effective carpet cleaning method providing the deepest clean.
In fact, actual steam could damage man-made carpet fibers and change the characteristics as they are usually manufactured using heat. It’s possible that woven carpets could in fact shrink, in theory. However, today most carpets are not woven but are in fact tuffed on a laminate backing. Also, velvet-piled carpets or Berber carpets may become fuzzy which is known as pile burst.
Hot water extraction equipment can come in many form. It could be a portable unit that plugs into an electrical outlet, or a truck mount carpet cleaner. These use long hoses from the truck or trailer. The truck mounted systems are especially useful where there is a limited electric supply or no supply at all.
They do have their drawback though. The are sometimes unsuitable to premises some distance from the driveway, parking place or road. In these instances the hoses have to pass through windows to reach the upper floors of a building.This may present a trip hazard. Sometime doors are left open and this would allow children or pets to escape when they are not supposed to.
Truck-mounted carpet cleaning equipment does soften/dampen the noise in the room being cleaned. It can sometimes be a nuisance to neibours and some say even cause air pollution.
It is however, much quicker than most portable carpet cleaning equipment, and the extra heat it generates can dissolve more spots and stains. The improved vacuum suction power also reduces the drying times.
Preconditioning is the process that signals the begining of the hot water extraction process. Initially alkaline agents such as an ammonia solution (for synthetic carpets) or acidic solution such as a vinegar solution (this is used for woolen carpets) will be sprayed onto the surface of the carpet and it is then agitated using an automatic scrubbing machine or a simple grooming brush. Next a wand is passed over the sprayed area and the job of this is to rinsed out all of the particulates, pre-conditioner and residue from the carpet.
In such cases where an alkaline detergent was employed then a simple mild acetic acid based solution will restore the fibres neutral fibre PH. This will further result in softening the cleaned fabrics.
In the HWE system extraction is way and above the most important part of the entire process. This method uses way more water then other cleaning methods such as bonnet aka shampoo cleaning. Therefore complete extraction as well as a positive air flow will help avoid any drying issues. These could include: mold growth and maybe even the browning of wool fibres.
In some instances, the drying process is accelarated by using tools such as de-humidifiers, outdoor ventilation or the use of fans over the carpet surface.
Any floor coverings that consist of natural foundation yarns, such as loose rugs or double jute-backed carpets are prone to shrinking after any wet treatments. Some people beilieve that this could result in removing wrinkles from the carpet. This is considered by professional carpet cleaners as old fashioned thinking.
In fact there is more chance of the carpet tearing at the seams or close to the uproot strips. Modern synthetic carpets and foundation yarns simply do not shrink, they are easy to smooth out. If wrinkles do occur in these types of carpet it could be indicative of another problem like delamination where the primary and secodary backing become ustuck. If this occurs best to seek the advice of a certified carpet inspector to get to the root of the problem.
Wet-cleaning systems will obviously take some time to dry. If the drying time is too long then it could cause problems such as; molds, odours, fungi or bacteria. This means there is a fine balance between extracting the correct amount of water during cleaning. Obviously there is a goal to ectract the most soil from the carpet – this is as a result of the higher flow rate that modern professional carpet machine can now generate.
Dry-cleaning uses pretreatments with ‘very low moisture’ but they require a longer dwell time of 12-22 minutes. This is because of the much low carpet agitation that is required using this method. In the best dry-cleaning systems the pretreatments should be able to be rinsed easily and result in leaving a dry, powdery crystaline residue that can be easily flushed whilst not contributing to any re-soling of the carpet.
Specialised machines are used in the dry-cleaning of carpets. They are mainly very low moisture machine (VLM). They work by applying a dry compound and these are used along side application solution solutions.. They are more popular nowadays due to the very rapid drying times they afford.
In commercial installations this is vital especially if they are open 24-hours. They have the added advantage of being less labour intensive than their wet-extraction counterparts.
Any areas of heavy soiling require an application of preconditioners, pretreatments, manual spotting or “traffic-lane cleaners” prior to the dry cleaning process begining. This is usually in the form of being sprayed onto the carpet by the operative. These emulsifiers and detergents break down the soil. In effect they break down the binding of various soils to the carpet fibres.
Of chemical could be breaking down greasy film that binds the soil to the carpet. If this is not achieved then the vacuuming will not remove the dirt from the carpet.
Common solvent used in this part of the cleaning process are:- glycol ether, butyl agents, d-limonene or certain petroleum byproducts.
Pretreatment time should be less than 15 minutes. This is because the brushing will provide added agitation.
The main benefits that dry carpet cleaning has over wet solutions is that the dry chemical components do not attract dirt like dried shampoo can. Dry cleaning formulas do put less stress on the carpet and the carpet fibres.
The drawbacks are that it is more expensive and more time consuming to carry out this proceedure.
A moist absorbent cleaning compound is spread over the carpet then it is scrubbed or brushed into the fibres. This is usually up to 98% biodegradebale. Smaller areas can be applyed then a househols hand brush used for agitation purposes. This results in the solution working like “tiny sponges”. The cleaning solution will then dissolve dirt and grime. After a short drying time the cleaning solution will evaporate and you remove the residue with a vacuum cleaner. The drier the carpet the better and this will leave the carpet immediately dry and clean. It is however, hard to remove all the residues and these residues can cause allergies and in some cases biological compounds could result in slight discolourations of the carpet.
In commercial applications a cylindrical counter-rotating brushing system is used. There is then no need for a vacuum cleaner. Machine scrubbing is obviously easier for the operatot to carry out physically. Hand scrubbing will usually only clean the top third of the carpet.
Sometime in the 1990’s new polymers that could result in crystallising soil particles into dry residue on contact came into favour with carpet cleaners. This meant that a system emerged that allowed surfacant molecules to attach themselves to oily particles and then these particles were suspended (emulsification) and then they could easily be rinsed away by vacuuming.
In other systems surfacant molecules (detergent) and emulsified soils that were not rinsed away remained in the fibre and they in effect attracted soiling which means that over time the carpet would begin to degenerate. Often resoiling faster than before it was cleaned by the cleaning process..
Encapsulators are speciality detergent polymers than form part of the detergent system.
As drying takes place (15-25 min. drytime is usual) the encapsulators bind the detergent molecules and the residual soil in a brittle and crystalline structure. This means that as detergent and soil cannot attract other soils then the carpet is clean by dry vaccuming away the crystalline encapsulated molecules.
As this brittle film is removed and breaks away, the appearance of the fibres improves as opposed to soiling more quickly.
Some products also use fluorochemical technology also show extended anti re-soiling periods. In these instances almost always the cleaning solution is applied using a brush applicator, a compression sprayer or a rotary machine. After the standard wait times the residue is removed by a vacuum cleaner.
Cleaning product is applied to the carpet in the form of a mist then a ‘bonnet’ or round floor buffer scrubs in the mixture in a rotating motion/manner.. The pad either spins or oscillates and that in turn attracts soil and the pad is then rinsed or replaced till the job is complete. Please note that the bonnet method of cleaning is not dry-cleaning in the technical sense of the word.
When using this method of cleaning, the bonnet need to be well-lubricated to avoid pile distortion. The bonnet should not be immersed in a bucket of cleaning solution as this will make the bonnet too wet. Some people wrongly use a mop-bucket then wring the bonnet out in the wringer – this is definately not the best way to do it.
The bonnet will become filled with soil quite quickly and so it needs to be changed or turn often during larger cleaning jobs. If the bonnet becomes loaded with soil it will stop cleaning and just move the soil from one area to the other. A bonnet that has become wet will also start to deposit residues on the floor and these will attract soils when the floor dries out.
The bonnet method is not recommended for high pile carpets as it is quite robust, it can grind dirt deeper into the carpet fibre, can have an abrasive effect and can also distore pile.
If there is large amounts of foreign material in the carpet, then a wet extraction method might have to used first. The spin-bonnet system is not know to sanitse carpet fibres as no hot water is used. If this is required a special type of thermo machine is needed. So in effect the buffing machine has a heating element to it. Even so a post-cleaning application of some antimicrobial agent is required. Only about an 1/8th of an inch is cleaned but the benefit is the speed of the application.
A side effect is that the bonnet method does not remove all the chemical that was used as the pre-sprayed treatment and for this it is usually recommended that only a surfactant free or maybe an encapsulation treatment is done the next time the carpet needs cleaned after bonnet cleaning.
Up until the 1970s wet shampoo was applied using rotary machines.This was followed by wet vacuuming but this changed with the introduction of encapsulation methods of cleaning.. Hot-water extraction had not yet been invented and as we know this is the method preferred by all major carpet manufacturers now.
Wet shampoos were made from coconut ioil soaps in the early days but the resulting residue was generally found to be sticky or foamy and steam cleaning would reveal dirt and soils that had been unextracted using the shampoo method.
Wet shampooing methods converted from coconut oil soaps to synthetic detergents as their base and then the shampoo dried to a powder. The dirt that had been loosened would easily by removed by vacuuming the day after cleaning.
Dry foam carpet cleaning
This method is carried out by first applying a cleaning foam blanket onto the surface of the carpet post a dry clean. After 10 minutes of standing (the time for the chemical agents to work), the carpet will be vacuumed clean.
This is technically not completely dry as there is about 10% liquid in the foam solution.
This method is useful when the carpets cannot take high levels of moisture or water such as water-sensitive carpets of needle felt carpets where water extraction is prohibited.
Some foams have anti-soiling agents added to them, protectants and on occasion colour brighteners or colour enhancers.
This method of cleaning uses a washhead that will simply spray clean water onto the carpet then immediately, using suction, remove the solution. This creates a swirl of water that helps to lift the soils and dirt. This methos works up to half an inch depth in most carpets and is useful for basic and intermediate cleaning. No cleaning products are used so therefore it cannot leave any detergent or chemical residue.
Vacuum washing is used extensively in Europe on trains and busses, schools and in some historic preservation projects. If the surface to be cleaned is water resistant then this can be employed – such as on carpets, upholstery, wooden floors etc.
Typically in every home, a vacuum cleaner can remove up to 80% of general dirt that is freestanding on a carpet. Upright or cylindrical vacuum cleaners all work essentialy the same way by creating a vacuum that sucks the dirt into either a bag or a cylinder. Some vacuum cleaners use steam to help assist the cleaning by agitating the dirt.
Vacuum cleaners are now plug into the wall type or battery powered and can use rotarry heads and spray jets.
stCarpets are generally cleaned to remove stains or to deep clean the entire carpet. In the case of stains there are many ‘tips’ to clean them up. Not all work and some are based on ‘old wives tales’ and myths. I will cover off some of the most common of these here.
Ink was said to be removable using lemon juice or oxalic acid and hartshorn
Oil was said to be removeable using bread or pipe clay
Grease and fats were removed using turpentine
Where acid discolouration was present ammonia or chloroform were said to work
Insects could be removed by using benzine and alum
Candle wax can be removed by covering the wax with either a towel or thick brown paper and then heating the towel or paper with an iron. The heat melts the wax and the towel or paper absorbs the wax and thus removes it. Care should be taken using this or and chemicals and you should ensure they are completely safe to use.
The longer the stain remains in the carpet, the higher the chance of permanent colour change.
Some stains also cause a bad odour which needs to be removed or it simply will not go away. For example pet urine can cause colour change and leave a lasting bad odour. This is made worse in extremely hot weather. Blotting with water and removing the offending liquid in this case is always the first thing that should be done.
Artificial food colouring is generally regarded as a permanent stain although some professional carpet cleaning companies will have equipment and heat-transfer stain-reducing chemicals that can often remove these types of stains. There is always a risk that this could burn the carpet so proceed with great caution.
Stain removing products are often used in conjunction with anti-allergen treatments to provide a complete range of treatment at the same time.
Extra care should also taken when removing stains from natural fibre carpets such as woolen carpets.
There is a general feeling amoung carpet cleaning professionals, that if a customer comes across a stain it is best left for us to remove but if the client wants to do some quick cleaning then they should only ever use clean water. Even then that might not do the trick unless there is a way to extract the dirty water