Bernal's Carpet Care: WHICH METHOD CLEANS BEST?  
Dry Foam

The carpet cleaner applies shampoo to your carpet, allows it to dry, and then, without rinsing, sucks the dried shampoo into a vacuum. Can you imagine applying shampoo to your hair, allowing it to dry and then removing the shampoo from your head with a vacuum? This method leaves a flirty residue in your carpet that causes it to re - soil quickly. This is the major reason that dry foam is not too effective.

Absorbent Pad (Bonnet Cleaning):

This method is similar to dry foam, except that the company sets a large cotton bonnet on your carpe. The rotating motion causes the bonnet to absorb dirt from your carpe. Bonnet Cleaning is like trying to use a large cotton towel or mop to rub the dirt out of your carpet. It's not very effective because there's no extraction process. And if the bonnet isn't changed out with a clean one frequently enough, it just smears soil around the carpet.

Dry, Absorbent Powder:

The dry-compound method spreads a moist, absorbent, powder throughout your carpet. The powder is allowed to dry and then sucked into a vacuum. This method leaves dry sponge particles on the base of the carpet yam. And because the carpet is not rinsed, this method is not very effective.

Hot Water Extraction:

This is a fancy way of saying that a hot water cleaning solution under high pressure is forced into your carpet and then drawn out of your carpet.

NO question, the most effective way to clean carpeting is with hot-water extraction equipment. It’s the most powerful cleaning equipment on the market and the only equipment that cleans your carpet of dirt, harmful bacteria, fungus, chemicals, pollens, and tobacco residue.

Some people believe that hot water damages your carpet, but this isn't true. By washing and then rinsing your carpet with hat water, we clean your carpet completely - in the same way that the person who showers and then rinses of the dirt and soap will be much cleaner than the person who takes only a sponge bath.
Choosing a carpet cleaner based on equipment alone.

No question, your carpet, cleaner needs first-rate equipment. But they also need something else. They need technicians who are skilled at operating the equipment. Many companies own hot-water extractors, but very few companies teach their employees how to use them properly.

The best way to know that the carpet cleaner's employees have been en properly trained is to make sure the cleaner has been certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification(IICRC), before you choose a carpet cleaner.

Choosing a carpet cleaner based on a single telephone call.

Instead, invite them to your home and ask for a specific price quotation. Then you'll know exactly what the carpet cleaner recommends - and you won’t be the victim of high-pressure sales tactics when the technician steps into your living room.

Choosing a carpet cleaner based on low price.

Low price could be a problem in three ways (1) Low price can be the bait that attracts your phone call. Bat once the cleaner gets into your home, they pressure you into a much more expensive job. (2) Low price can be for single-process cleaning. Rarely does the consumer know what this means and, when told, asks for dual-process cleaning instead, which costs much more. (3) Low price means the carpet cleaner has cheap equipment, which will not effectively clean your carpet.

Choosing a carpet cleaner who isn't certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification...

If your carpet cleaner isn't a close friend, you may not know whether they have the knowledge or experience to clean your carpet well. If you want to be sure you're hiring a competent professional, make sure they are IICRC certified.

Choosing a carpe cleaner who doesn't offer a money-back guarantee…

In my view, every carpet cleaning company should be fully accountable for their work. And if you aren't pleased with the job, you be "Limited." Ask the carpet cleaner if they offer a complete money-back guarantee.

Choosing a carpet cleaner without getting comments from his other clients…

Any carpet cleaner can say anything about his past jobs. And sadly, some of what tea say, au met is true. Make sure you ask for references or read comments from current customers so you can depend on the carpet cleaner and their work. Any carpet cleaner that does quality work should be able to provide you with comments from their clients.


Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. When you select a carpet cleaner, you'll choose horn a wide variety of cleaning methods and price.

Shaw Industries, the world's largest carpet manufacture, recommends hot water extraction by certified technicians.

And here's why hot water extraction is recommended:

1: The equipment uses strong suction to draw the dirt, chemicals, bacteria, pollens, and tobacco smoke residue out of your carpet.

2: It shoots the cleaning solution into your carpet at a high pressure, which breaks up the dirt, bacteria, chemicals and pollens.

3: It uses hot water. For every 18 degree increase in temperature above 118 degrees F, you double the water’s cleaning ability. So, if the water temperature is 136 degrees, it will clean twice as well as water that is 118 degrees F and 154 degree water will clean for times as well 118 degree water, and so on

Not surprisingly, having your carpets cleaned thoroughly by a qualified and certified technician that wises hat water extraction, costs more than renting a shampooer at the comer grocery store.

If you bought the cheapest carpeting you could find, then renting a small shampooer might be all you need. No question, it will get out some of the dirt-but the key word here is "some: It will not get out many of the pollens, chemicals, bacteria, and tobacco smoke residues.

On the other hand…If you bought high quality carpeting - if you want it to look good and give you years of dependable service - then you need to take extra good care of it. This means you need to have it cleaned by a skilled, qualified technician at least every six months to one year, depending on the amount of soiling and foot
Traffic it receives and you need to have it cleaned thoroughly and disinfected, as only a hot water extraction machine can do.


Which is more important to you: a clean carpe-or a clean and healthy carpet? Yes, I assure you, there is a big difference.

Each carpet cleaning method has advantages and disadvantages. Some methods will get out only the dirt. Other methods will get out dirt and grease. Still others will get out virtually everything. And, to be sure, some are more expensive than others.

If all you want is a cheap, rinse-the-dirt-off-the-top cleaning--which you might find for around $5.99 per room - Then I respectfully ask that you call another company. But if you want to protect your health - If you want to protect your investment in carpeting - if you want to protect your family from countless bacteria, fungus, pollens, and tobacco smoke residues in your carpet, then I ask that you call us!

The steam extraction, hot water equipment that I use is the most effective cleaning system available today.

More and more families want the good-health benefits that come from having a fresh, clean carpet.

Have you ever seen how dirty a child's pants get when they play outdoors? If yon have, then you know you can brush off their pants and make them think they're clean. Or, if you want the job done right, you can machine wash them in hot water and detergent and you'll KNOW they're clean.

The same is true for your carpet. You can hire someone for $25 to $50 who will "brush of" your carpeting and make you think it's clean. Or if you want the job done right we'll wash your carpets with hot water and detergent using our state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and you'll KNOW they’re clean

So if you want a thoroughly cleaned carpet - if you're willing to invest in your family's good health - you're invited to call me. You'll receive an exact written price quote, at no cost or obligation. And if you give me the “Go ahead” you’re further protected by my:


With every carpe and upholstery job we do. So every job comes with my iron-clad, risk-free guarantee. What does this mean? Simply this: If you aren't happy. You don't pay! Jot one cent. Many companies don't guarantee their work. I stand behind job 100%.

If you ever have any questions or concerns about our work, please call my office right away:

The number is 760-724-0455


If you're thinking about having your carpets cleaned, I encourage you to follow these four steps:

List your objectives.

Do you want only the dirt removed, something you could do with a rented shampooer. Or do you want all the bacteria, fungus, and chemicals removed, which will require hot water extraction cleaner such as I use. Do you want to work with an honest, reputable company - or are you willing to Risk working with the company that offers you the lowest price--knowing than the company might not be in business tomorrow

Make a commitment to yourself to get your carpets cleaned.

Make a commitment to yourself to get your carpets cleaned. The longer they remain dirty, the sooner they'll wear out. Plus the longer you have to breathe all the pollens, fungus, and chemicals that hide in your carpet.

Ask questions.

The way you learn about a company is to ask specific questions and listen carefully to the answers. Here are seven to ask a carpet cleaner before they clean your carpet

- Do you have a 100% no-risk guarantee?

- Are you certified by the IICRC?

- What training have you had in cleaning carpets?

- How often should I get my carpets cleaned?

- What type of equipment do you use to clean carpet?

- What method of cleaning do you recommend?

Once you're satisfied that you're working with an honest, competent professional, invite them into your home and ask for a specific quotation in writing.

A written quotation gives you the assurance that you know exactly what your job will cost-no surprises.

By following these four steps, you'll gain all the information you'll need to make an informed intelligent decision. If you want a quick, cheap carpet cleaning job may companies in the phone book can help you - Or You can rent a shampooer from the grocery store and do the job yourself.

I'll be happy to answer your questions-provide you with a cost estimate over the telephone--or come into your home and give you a free written quotation--without cost or obligation of any kind. To reach my office, call (760) 724-0455


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