Burdick’s Carpet Cleaning is a family run business providing residential and commercial hot water extraction and steam carpet cleaning in Doylestown, Warrington, Warminster, Jamison, Solebury, New Hope, New Britain, Chalfont, Perkasie, Buckingham, Souderton, Sellersville and throughout Bucks County, PA, and in Lansdale, Montgomeryville, Fort Washington, Maple Glen, Ambler, Upper and Lower Gwynedd, Blue Bell and throughout Montgomery County, PA.
Why is it important to get my carpets cleaned?
Professional cleaning and maintenance of your carpet preserves the life and beauty of your carpet, improves indoor air quality, will help you avoid the cost of premature replacement and benefit the environment by keeping post-consumer carpet out of landfills.
Proper cleaning will protect your carpet investment and keep you from having to replace the carpet before it would be time. In addition, the investment you make in properly maintaining your carpet is far less expensive then the cost of replacement.
These days most everyone is concerned with preserving the environment. Our carpet cleaning methods are environmentally friendly and enable you to keep your carpets looking like new, longer, avoiding filling landfills with your old carpet.
Does the method of cleaning really matter?
Not all carpet cleaning methods are the same. Depending on your goals, one method may be more appropriate for you over another. The main types of cleaning available are shampooing, dry cleaning/encapsulation, bonnet/absorbent pad cleaning or hot water extraction (otherwise known as steam cleaning)
The theory in the shampoo method is to generate a lot of foam in the carpet, allow this foam to dry, have the resulting residue attract the soil, and vacuum up the residue and soil. Can you imagine applying shampoo to your hair, allowing it to dry and then removing it from your head with a vacuum?
Because shampoos are actually very poor detergents and basically simply bury the dirt, they frequently also contain high levels of optical brighteners which take invisible ultraviolet light and convert it to visible light, thus making the carpet appear cleaner and brighter than it really is, for a while. It will eventually give the carpet a yellow cast and the yellow cannot be removed.
Shampoo methods are inferior due to poor cleaning plus resoiling problems due to residue left behind. The Rotary Shampoo method can damage the carpet, especially cut pile (which is what most residential carpet is).
Dry Cleaning or Encapsulation:
In dry cleaning methods, virtually no water is used. In this method, moist absorbent compound (containing small amounts of water, detergent, and solvent,) is sprinkled over carpet or worked into the carpet with a machine. This purpose of this cleaner is to attract and absorb soil. Mechanical agitation from a brush works the cleaner through the carpet. The product then needs to be thoroughly vacuumed out of the carpet.
This method offers a surface cleaning to the tops of the carpet fibers which are coated with the chemicals and then vacuumed away. Residue is often left behind which will attract dirt, just as in the shampoo method because the carpet is not rinsed.
Bonnet or Absorbent Pad Cleaning
Sometimes this method is also referred to as dry cleaning or carbonated cleaning; however water is used, so it’s not a true dry cleaning method. It is similar to some of the other methods described, except a large cotton bonnet is placed on your carpet with a floor polishing buffer machine on top to “buff” the chemicals and dirt out of the carpet. The rotating motion causes the bonnet to absorb some of the dirt and applied chemicals from your carpet. This method is like trying to use a large cotton towel or mop to rub the dirt out of your carpet and is not very effective. In addition it can cause damage to your carpet fibers if not done properly.
Hot Water Extraction: The Burdick Way
This is a fancy way of saying that cleaning solution and hot water, under high pressure is forced into your carpet and then sucked out. It is the only method that cleans your carpets of dirt, harmful bacteria, fungus, chemicals, pollens, tobacco residue and dust mites.
Hot Water Extraction can be done using truck mounted equipment (a unit mounted in a truck outside the facility where only the hose and wand are brought inside) or a portable, self contained unit brought in to the facility.
A truck mounted unit cleans more effectively and produces better results because it heats the water to a very high temperature and uses higher pressure then a portable machine can achieve. The heat/pressure combination breaks up the dirt, bacteria, chemicals and pollens trapped in your carpet. Then the machine produces huge vacuum volume to draw the dirt, water and cleaning solutions out your carpet in to a waste tank in the truck. Burdick’s Cleaning has always used truck mounted equipment and we upgraded to a new unit in January 2009.
Some people mistakenly believe that hot water damages your carpet, but this isn’t true. Most carpet is made of plastic fibers and cannot be harmed by water. By washing and then rising your carpet with hot water, we clean your carpet completely – in the same way that the person who showers and rinses of the dirt and soap will be much cleaner than the person who only takes a sponge bath.
Shaw Industries, the world ‘s largest carpet manufacture recommends hot water extraction cleaning. They advise the use of truck mounted units over portables. In 2008, Shaw specified that to uphold their carpet warranty, carpets must be professionally cleaned every 18-24 months by an IICRC Certified Firm and Technician. Our training and equipment meets this requirement.