How Long Does a Deep Carpet Clean Last?


Which Type of Carpet Clean lasts longest?

Extra miles per gallon

One of the major petrol retailers had a slogan a while back saying that a fill-up with their clean fuel would give you 23 miles extra per tank fill.

I saw recently it now says 3%, which made me wonder what the difference was.

It did get me thinking, however, of how much longer a top class carpet cleaning job lasts over a lesser one. The length of time between carpet cleans can vary rather dramatically depending on a number of factors.

Factors influencing how long a deep carpet clean lasts

Some factors, you have a degree of control over, others you don’t.

For example, the interval between carpet cleans is often dependent on footfall (is the area an area of high traffic), location (what kind of soil is being walked into the carpet), and quality of carpeting, among other things. These are usually factors that often are fixed or are at least very difficult to influence.

Other factors which influence how long an interval between carpet cleans are: equipment used, cleaning agents used, experience of the technician and crucially, what’s left behind from the carpet cleaning process.

Make Sure All Detergents are Washed Out – Leaving nothing behind!

To ensure the best clean and the longest-lasting result, it is very important that the carpet is left as free from chemical residue as possible. Pre-sprays, shampoos, spotting agents and detergents are often used with great effect to dislodge soiling. However, if a carpet cleaning company uses a shampoo or detergent, it must be extracted properly. Shampooing alone only really moves the soil around. Hot water extraction flushes out the soil and the detergent used to loosen and remove the soil.

Imagine washing your hair with shampoo but not fully rinsing it out. It is a similar thing with carpet fibres.

Why do stains reappear?

Perhaps you have had the experience, or have heard others say that they had a stain removed but it reappeared a couple of months down the line. What has usually happened in cases like this is that the sugary or syrupy content of the stain was not completely removed when cleaned. The surface stain may have been removed, but within a matter of weeks or months, dust adheres to the sticky residue and the stain appears again. This should not happen if a sticky residue is completely dealt with from the start.


Stair Carpet Cleaning

Stair Carpet Cleaning: Sticky residue from spilt cough syrup left an obvious black mark over time

Hot water extraction is essential to a long-lasting carpet clean

In a nutshell, to ensure the longest lasting clean, the carpets must be left as free from cleaning agents as possible. This means that your carpet cleaning company must flush out any cleaning agent used. Hot water extraction cleaning is the best way to ensure that your carpets are left residue-free and with longer-lasting results.

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See what happens when a sticky residue stain is left over months (and how satisfying it is to clean) in our expert Tom’s blog post on “Recurring Stains after Carpets have been Cleaned”

Rachael kummert
Rachael kummert
12:39 30 May 18
We recently purchased a new sofa and wanted to protect it from any potential spills. I rang Aqua-Dry, the very helpful Hannah explained the process and cost structure and was able to book me in the next day. I would highly recommend the excellent professional services of Aqua-Dry. The coating is applied there were no strong smells and no disruption. They are helpful, efficient and very courteous. The company comes recommended by both Frank McGowan Furniture and Arnotts Department Store and us! Thank you Tom!
Samaanth Moore
Samaanth Moore
12:48 20 Apr 18
I had a bit of a crisis involving spilled paint on carpet. Aqua-Dry Carpet Cleaners came to my rescue! They were finishing a job nearby and were able to get to me within a half hour. They told me to keep the carpet wet while I waited for them to arrive. When they got here they got to work right away and they were able to get all the paint up! After they left they called and told me to watch out for any paint that may come up from the concrete and to call if I noticed anything and they will come back out. I'm really impressed at how quickly they responded to my call and how professional they were. The price was extremely affordable. I would use them again in a heartbeat and would recommend them to anyone needing their carpets cleaned.
Claire Hayden
Claire Hayden
08:59 14 Mar 18
I just had my carpets cleaned and I can't believe how amazing they came out. Aqua-Dry Carpet Cleaners were fast, courteous and professional. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this company. AND it was super affordable. I won't use anyone but Aqua-Dry Carpet Cleaners
Melanie John
Melanie John
12:11 26 Feb 18
I have used many different companies, primarily because I never found one worth to have back. The others weren't bad, they just didn't give me a reason to hire them again. Not the case here. Aqua-Dry Carpet Cleaners could not be more professional. Arrived on-time and did a fantastic job! My carpets were clean fresh and looked like new.
Anastasia Melnicova
Anastasia Melnicova
06:23 02 Feb 18
I was delighted with Aqua-Dry services. What a great work they did on my rug. I am thrilled to see the refreshed, totally clean and looking like new rug. Although it takes quite a long time to get your item back and it is not a cheap service, it totally worth waiting and paying. I would definitely recommend Aqua-Dry and will be using them again.
Timmy Doherty
Timmy Doherty
14:22 14 Jul 17
Best carpet cleaner in Dublin! Very honest, reliable and professional
Una OShea
Una OShea
15:27 10 Jul 17
Just had Tom and his son cleaning my carpets. What a terrific job they did, they told me I had moths in my sitting room eating merrily away at my carpet but were very reassuring that they could deal efficiently with the problem and advised me how to avoid it in the future. My carpets came up like new especially the stairs which is down for about 14 years. I would highly recommend Aqua-Dry and will certainly use them exclusively in the future. Thanks a million
Meg Walker
Meg Walker
10:53 05 Jul 17
Delighted with our rugs! We've just moved back into our house after three long months out for repairs and wanted to make the most of this opportunity by freshening everything up. Aqua-Dry took away all our rugs for cleaning and stored them for us until we got back and they were like new on return. We have a few Oriental rugs which need to be cleaned by hand and I don't trust these to just anyone. Thank you for a very professional service and for going that extra mile.
cora mc closkey
cora mc closkey
12:59 10 Nov 16
After a bug passing through the house I needed the carpetes cleaned. Aqua dry were quick to respond. Tony did a super job on the bedroom carpets and a few spots along the way. He was prompt, efficient, friendly and a pleasure to have around. Will defiantly be calling on aqua dry again. Thanks guys.
Paul Caron
Paul Caron
16:04 30 Aug 16
I honestly couldn't be happier with the service. Tom collected and returned the rug when he said he would and it came back looking so much better. We got it cleaned because our cat had peed on it a few times last year but I didn't realise how much everyday dust and dirt had built up in it over 10 years even though it's vacuumed every week. It came back looking noticeably brighter and the wool had its lovely lustre back. The pile was also fuller and softer. I hadn't appreciated how flattened down it had become. I'll definitely be recommending Aqua-Dry to anyone I know who needs their rug cleaned.
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