Frequently Asked Questions

Carpet Cleaning Questions

How often should carpets be cleaned?

Most carpet manufacturers recommend professional carpet cleaning every 12 to 18 months. This is the basic schedule that will maintain your carpets under light to normal use. However, depending on the situation in your home, your carpet may require more frequent cleaning. We recommend you clean your carpets every six to nine months for high traffic areas and for homes with pets and small children.

For more specific care instructions for your carpet, be sure to check the carpet manufacturer warranty.

Why should I clean my carpet even if it doesn't look dirty?

If you wait until your carpet looks dirty to clean it, you risk damage to the carpet's fibers. This comes from a combination of dirt and friction from your shoes as you walk across the carpet. Dirt particles are actually very sharp, so when you walk across a dirty carpet, the dirt can cut into the carpet, so what actually looks like dirt can be lasting damage to your investment.

Besides vacuuming twice a week (more often may be recommended in high traffic areas), professional carpet cleaning will remove dirt and other damaging particles from deep inside the carpet. It will also take care of dust mites, dander, and bacterial contamination in the carpet, not to mention stains!

Can you guarantee that the stains will come out?

Tulip Carpet Cleaning of Arlington's technicians are expert at stain removal, but there are some kinds of stains that may not remove completely. For example, if the substance dyed the fibers, we will not be able to remove the dye by cleaning. We will always try to let you know if we think a stain will be problematic before we start cleaning, based on our previous experience.


Will carpet cleaning make my carpet get dirty again faster?

If carpet gets dirty pretty quickly after carpet cleaning, it is very likely that detergent residue was left behind in the carpet. This residue is sticky so that dust and dirt is attracted to it and won't vacuum out. This happened more commonly back when carpet shampoo was a commonly used method. Luckily, this won't happen with Tulip Carpet Cleaning of Arlington. Our carpet steam cleaning will leave your carpets beautifully clean and residue-free.

How long will the carpet take to dry?

Our high quality cleaning equipment removes 95% of the moisture from your carpet in the cleaning process, leaving it only slightly damp. Most carpets will be completely dry in four to eight hours. You can help it dry more quickly by turning on the heat in cold weather or my setting up fans.

For quick touch ups, we are proud to offer carpet dry cleaning, a very low moisture method that will leave your carpet clean and dry in about an hour.

What is the best method for carpet cleaning?

Hot water extraction, or steam cleaning, is a reliable carpet cleaning method. It delves deep into your carpet's fibers, ousting dirt, grime, and the unseen nasties - bacteria and mold.

Deep cleaning is another effective cleaning method and is perfect for those high-traffic carpets. Techs use specialized solvents to make carpets clean and fresh.

Still puzzled? No worries! Our local carpet cleaning professionals can help you choose the best cleaning technique for your carpet's needs.

Mold Related Questions

Can you get sick from indoor mold in your home?

While mold is often considered to be nothing more than a nuisance, it can pose a serious health risk if it isn't removed promptly. Inhaling mold spores can cause a variety of respiratory problems, including allergies, asthma, and bronchitis; mold can also cause skin irritation, headaches, and fatigue. If you suspect that mold is present in your home, it's important to have the area inspected by a professional. And mold testing can help to identify the type of mold present and determine the best course of action for mold removal.

What kills black mold?

Black mold is a type of mold that can cause serious health problems if it is not removed quickly. The best way to remove black mold is to hire a professional mold removal company. Tulip Carpet Cleaning of Arlington has the experience and equipment necessary to safely and effectively remove mold from your home. In addition, we can also help to prevent mold from returning in the future.

What are mold sickness symptoms?

Mold sickness is a real thing, and its symptoms are no laughing matter. If you think you might be sick from mold, the best thing to do is see a doctor ASAP. However, there are some telltale signs that you might be suffering from mold sickness. For example, many people report feeling fatigued and lethargic, even after getting a full night's sleep. Other common symptoms include headaches, difficulty concentrating, and problems with memory. Mold can also cause respiratory problems, so if you've been coughing or wheezing more than usual, it could be a sign that you're sick from mold.

Are mold and mildew the same thing?

Most people think mold and mildew are the same thing. After all, they're both fuzzy and usually found in damp places. But mold and mildew are two different things. Mold grows in moist surrounding areas and can cause health problems, so it's important to know how to identify them. Mildew, on the other hand, is a powdery fungus that tends to grow on surfaces that are not regularly cleaned or ventilated; often found on fabrics, clothes, food. If you suspect you have mold spores, it's best to call mold testing experts at DC Carpet Cleaning. They will be able to test for mold and make sure your house is safe.

Can mold cause headaches?

If you're noticing more headaches recently - maybe it is time for a mold inspection. That's right - mold can cause headaches, among other health problems.

Headaches are a common symptom of mold affect, as are fatigue, congestion, and difficulty concentrating. If you suspect mold might be to blame for your headaches, it's important to have your property inspected by a mold professional.

How to clean up mold?

Mold can grow both outdoors and indoors. Mold is often found in dark areas such as basements, roofs, bathrooms, and kitchens. Mold is difficult to remove once it has taken hold. Even with the best mold removal products, mold will often return within a few days or weeks. The best way to prevent mold spots growth is to keep your home dry. If you find mold growing in your home, call a mold remediation expert immediately to prevent the mold from returning.

Can mold return after mold removal?

Mold may come back if the conditions that allow it to grow in the first place are not addressed. To prevent mold from returning, make sure to keep your home clean, fix any leaks promptly, and ventilate damp areas. By taking these precautions and getting mold inspection every 6 months, you can help keep your home mold-free.

We are happy to answer all of your questions. Just call Tulip Carpet Cleaning of Arlington at 703-635-7509.

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