Types of Carpet Cleaning Companies

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Carpet cleaning is an industry of which the majority of the population probably rarely thinks about and about which they know very little. What really is there to know, right? Your carpet looks gross so you call a guy to come run a fancy vacuum cleaner over it and it looks like new when he’s finished. So in the average property owners mind, this service might not seem like an extremely technical one, or a service that requires serious training, only some special equipment. There is, however, a level of complexity when it comes to carpet cleaning that presents the need for finding a company that is actually competent and certified in the carpet cleaning profession. If one searches a term such as carpet cleaning Amarillo, or whatever city he or she happens to be in, there are two-types of companies that will appear: those who are IICR certified and those who are not.

What is the IICR? IICR stands for The Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. Formed in 1972 by a man by the name of Ed York, the IICR is an international authority on standards for cleaning services such as carpet cleaning. Why is such an organization necessary? Apart from the advanced technical aspects of cleaning and restoring carpet effectively for aesthetic purposes, there is a health concern. It has been stated by the EPA that unclean carpets can cause or contribute to fairly serious respiratory issues. Soiled carpet can also aid in aggravating allergies. This happens when microscopic dust mites feed on the particulate matter fused with the carpet fibers. The pollutants themselves don’t pose such a health threat, but when the dust mites that feed on such matter die or excrete waste it is that by-product that is released into the air by foot traffic and thus ends up in the lungs of inhabitants. Therefore a dirty carpet can devalue a property as well as lower the quality of life for those living or working around the carpet.

There are several levels of certification offered by the IICR. When it comes to textiles, such as carpet, there is the Journeyman classification and the Master classification. A journeyman, along with taking training to obtain certifications in the different areas of textile cleaning, through the IICR, must have a year of working in the industry under his or her belt. A master of textile cleaning must have three years of on the job experience. This is much like the requirement for professionals in such industries like plumbing. It is not a state requirement, however, for a company to be IICR certified. But from a property owners perspective it should be a necessary determining pre-requisite.

Knowing that a company is certified affords you assurance that they have high standards and that they are not simply amateurs who decided they needed some extra income and thought carpet cleaning was an easy way to make a few bucks. If a company is not certified, then one would be taking a significant risk in hiring them. At best such a company might, emphasis on “might”, follow through on making the carpet look clean, and possibly even obtain a decent level of microscopic cleanliness. At worst, though, they might—albeit unintentionally—use a technique on the carpet that damages the carpet, even if not noticeable at that moment, which would cost the property owner more time and money undoing the damage, possibly even requiring new carpet. And in this case one could not be sure of how effectively the pollutants and things like dust mites have been removed. If there is a company that is certified then there should be no question of choosing that business over one that is not certified.

Other criteria to look for when deciding even amongst certified companies are things like: how long has the company been around; do they have testimonials in the forms of interviews with previous customers and pictures on their website; do they offer a meaningful guarantee (meaning do they do more than just say ‘we stand behind our work’, but offer free service to fix mistakes on jobs for a certain period of time after the initial service)? When a company meets these requirements, then they can evidently be counted on as a reliable hiring investment.

Besides the specific knowledge gained through this dissemination of information, one can see that it pays to do a little homework when it comes to hiring services that might not look complex on the surface, such as carpet cleaning.

Your Regional Lubbock Roof Repair Company

In a town the size of Lubbock, it is easy to find a roofing company that can facilitate your roofing needs, but if you are one of the 120,000 people that live outside of Lubbock, but are still in the Lubbock area, you might be wondering what you can do to find a good roofer in your time of need without having to resort to using Joe the Janitor at the local school.  You need a professional to repair or replace your roof.  You need to find a company that has experience, and you need to find one that doesn’t hike up the price just because you are a few miles outside of the big city.

There are several roofers that can fill the bill, and they are a lot easier to find than you might think.  There are a few things to look for when trying to identify Lubbock roofing companies whose range extend one hundred or more miles from their base location.

  1. Find a company that has a good reputation in the community where they are based. If a company has a bad reputation in their base community, they may try to extend their range to find new customers that simply haven’t been duped yet.  However, a company that has such a good track record that their clientele naturally grows beyond their local community is the kind of company you want.  They can grow to the point that they service several communities because they do a good job.  This is something that is a good marker to look for when searching for a roofing company.  Reputations are built over years, so don’t be fooled by the company that comes on strong with a great deal of commercials, or an ad on every other billboard immediately following a hail storm.  Opportunists are a dime a dozen, and that’s not what we are looking for.
  2. Find a company who is large enough to supply what you need when you need it without having to wait months enduring the issues associated with a bad roof. If the company you hire to complete your roof is so backed up that they cannot get to your job for a month or more, you might want to find a different company.  You don’t want to be waiting on a company that is simply too small to get to your job while your roof leaks during each rain.  The larger companies can also get better prices on delivery to outlying areas because they purchase in such volume.  Others have even developed their own delivery divisions that supply to jobs outside the local community.
  3. Find a company that can provide service after the sale. Companies that are here today and gone tomorrow are less concerned with quality installation than those who are here for good.  When a company is located in another city, it makes this quality that much more important.  The company you are looking for will have a dedicated service department.  A quality control section of the company will enhance the quality of the original installation.  When a worker knows that his work will be inspected, he is that much more likely to do the job right the first time.
  4. Find a company that invests into the community. This may not seem like that big of a deal, but many companies invest themselves into the community by serving local schools, churches, and other non-profit entities.

Why does this matter?

Companies that are investing their products back into the community are interested in providing quality products over a long time period.  Otherwise the company would forgo the less-profitable activities like serving schools, churches, and non-profits.  Quality companies are interested in their community and the communities that surround them.

Realizing that your community is actually served by a Texas Roofer’s Directory company that is based out the larger city in your area may seem like you are getting the short end of the proverbial stick, but that isn’t necessarily the case.  If you are able to find a company that provides these services, and a company that you can trust for a long time, you may in fact be served with the same degree of quality that is provided in the larger cities.