Carpet Cleaning in Nashville

Carpet Cleaning in Nashville Methods

EverClean Carpet Cleaning in Nashville TN offers the best carpet cleaning services to the Greater Nashville TN area. We offer three carpet cleaning methods that deliver the flexibility you desire. Some customers prefer the deepest carpet cleaning possible, while others want the driest carpet cleaning possible. While all three of our carpet cleaning methods do a wonderful job, they differ by way of how they remove soil and their respective dry time. Below is an explanation of our Nashville carpet cleaning methods you may choose from.

SteamDry Carpet Cleaning

Our preferred method, SteamDry Carpet Cleaning cleans your carpet twice, both wet and dry, with up to 70% less water than traditional steam cleaning. SteamDry leaves your carpet clean, nearly dry, and most importantly mold-free!

  • Excellent Soil Removal
  • Fast Dry Time (2-4 hours)
  • Carpet Mold Deterrent
  • Pet/Family Friendly Detergent
  • Soap-Free, Non-Resoiling Detergent
  • Promotes Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
  • Up to 70% Less Carbon Emissions

Steam Carpet Cleaning

Steam Carpet Cleaning cleans your carpet by injecting hot water into your carpet while simultaneously vacuuming it back out. Steam Carpet Cleaning provides thorough results however with a longer dry time. Estimated dry time of 8 to 24 hours depending on soil load.

  • Excellent Soil Removal
  • Affordable Pricing
  • Faster Service Time
  • Pet/Family Friendly Detergent
  • Soap-Free, Non-Resoiling Detergent

Dry Carpet Cleaning

Dry Carpet Cleaning cleans your carpet by loosening the soils with a soap-free, low moisture, nontoxic detergent. We then scrub the fibers clean using dry-pad agitation and absorption. Our 100% natural cleaner encapsulates any remaining soils and dries to a powder that is then vacuumed out when you next vacuum your carpet.

  • Good Soil Removal
  • Affordable Pricing
  • Fast Dry Time (2 hours)
  • Carpet Mold Deterrent
  • Pet/Family Friendly Detergent
  • Soap-Free, Non-Resoiling Detergent

Unsure of which carpet cleaning method to choose from? Text a picture of your carpet to 615-DRY-FAST and we will give you our best idea of your carpet compostion. Note: It is best to text an image with good lighting as well as heavy wear areas.

Carpet Cleaning in Nashville Information

Giving you the most value is our goal at EverClean. We want you to love the results you receive, and so giving you detailed information of what to expect during and after your carpet cleaning is the best way to set realistic expectations. While we thrive on delivering amazing results, we wish to share the limitations all carpet cleaners face when cleaning an abraded surface. The following information is important when choosing the right Nashville carpet cleaning company.

Cleaning carpet is mystery to many people, and rightly fully so. There are several aspects that should be considered before allowing anyone, including professional carpet cleaners, to clean your carpet. Factors such as how the carpet fiber is constructed, what material it is made from, and how the carpet wears greatly contributes to your overall satisfaction.

Unfortunately, many people believe that having their carpet professionally cleaned will result in the carpet appearing new. While at times this is accurate, it is typically not the case. It’s natural for carpet to wear in common walkways, but there are a few factors that will determine how your carpet will look after the cleaning. The following information should give you realistic expectations of what to expect when having your carpet professionally cleaned.

Why Carpet Appears Dirty

The first thought when looking at dirty carpet is that the dirt simply needs to be removed. While it’s an accurate assumption, a better question to ask oneself is what percent of the dirty carpet is actually soil? You may find it surprising that soil may not be the reason your carpet appears dirty.

The most prevalent soil in carpet is not actually soil, but oil! Airborne cooking oils, pet dander and human sebum is the glue that allows dry soil particulates to stick to the carpet fibers. Soap residue and high pH cleaners from previous cleanings also contribute to what we call rapid resoiling. This is simply the process of carpet attracting soils faster either through sticky soap residue, oils or pH neutralization.

More Than Just Dirty Carpet

When carpet fibers are coated with oils and soap residue they allow soil, tiny glass-like minerals, to adhere to the carpet fibers. This is the actual soil you believe is making your carpet appear dirty. And while It’s a contributing factor, there are usually two more factors making your carpet appear soiled.

Soil is removed from your carpet during the carpet cleaning process. Carpet cleaners emulsify the soil with specific detergents before extracting them from the carpet fibers. While removing soil is a straight forward process, it’s what the soil does to your carpet fiber that typically leads a customer to believe they received substandard service.

Now that we know what makes soil stick to the carpet, I’ll explain how soils damage your carpet permanently. As mentioned, soil is actually shards of glass-like minerals that are able to cut and scratch softer materials, i.e., carpet fibers. As you walk on the carpet, those sharp soils scratch the exterior of the carpet fibers. Over time, these tiny micro-scratches causes the carpet to appear dirty because of light refraction.

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This picture shows carpet we recently deep cleaned, but the customer requested us to reclean it believing it was still dirty.

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This picture shoes the same abrasion marks after recleaning it. Known as abrading, light refraction from the scratched carpet makes the carpet appear dirty though it is clean.

A good example of light refraction is if you were to wash your shiny car with sandpaper. When finished, the car is clean, but now it will appear gray and, thus, dirty. This is because the sandpaper, much like the soil in your carpet, has scratched tiny grooves into your car’s once shiny finish allowing the light to refract in a million directions making the car’s finish dull and gray. Unblemished carpet fibers allow the light to reflect in one, unified direction, hence the new appearance. If you look at the carpet nearest your walls, you will usually find that it appears newer because the fibers have not experienced carpet abrading, or scratching.

Scratched carpet, or carpet abrading, is the most common complaint after having your carpet cleaned. The two pictures above show a carpet that was deep cleaned twice within one week. You’ll notice that traffic lane around the bed is still apparent in both pictures. This is because the carpet is simply scratched and worn. As light bounces off the abraded fibers, they refract in many directions making the carpet appear dirty.

Polyester Carpet Complaints

Carpet abrading is most common on polyester carpet, which unlike its porous alternative nylon, polyester has a smooth-bore, mirror-like finish that quickly abrades soon after installation. In fact, vacuuming your carpet can act as a sanding machine. The spinning beater-bar under your vacuum cleaner can agitate the sharp soils against the fibers. This allows more micro-scratches to occur on the sides of your carpet fibers increasing the drab, gray and dirty appearance caused by carpet abrading.

Polyester carpet is good for two things: Repurposing plastic bottles into carpet fibers, and solution dyed carpet. If you want hot pink carpet fibers, it will surely be made of polyester. This is because the dye is added when polyester is in liquid form. The dye is part of the fiber to the core. However, polyester is an oil-based fiber that causes more unnecessary complaints than any carpet fiber available.

In a prior career, I sold carpet in Nashville. The mill reps. highly recommended polyester carpet because it’s completely stain resistant to organic liquids such as coffee, tea, Kool-Aid, etc. One of the many problems with polyester carpet, however, is that it’s oil-based, and oil loves oil. While you cannot stain polyester with water-based liquids, oil sticks quite well to polyester fibers causing another common complaint: Shoe sole stains.

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Permanent black shoe stains around a computer chair platform.

Polyester Carpet Complaint List

  • Carpet Abrading (scratched fibers appear gray and dirty)
  • Carpet Matting (premature matting)
  • Wicking (stains reappear a few days later)
  • Shoe Sole Stains (ink permeating fibers)
  • Amplified “Wet dog” Smell
  • Pet/Human Hair, Lint/Dust Static Attraction
  • Fiber Loss (common staple fibers)
  • Inexpensive, Common Shag Rug Fibers

Most House Shoes Are Bad

House slippers just feel right. They keep our feet warm and protected, but few realize the problems they can cause. Many people think that if they do not wear their house slippers outdoors, they’re fine to wear indoors. I agree with this assessment, unless those house slippers have a soft, foam-rubber shoe sole, which many do. I personally recommend boat shoes as they do not leave shoe stains on carpet as they’re made for the topside of a boat.

Today, shoe manufacturers add carbon to soft foam-rubber soles because it allows the sole to wear much longer. The problem with this is that the carpet and ink within the soft foam can permeate all carpet types, but especially oil-loving polyester. Removing shoe sole stains is like washing off a tattoo. It needs to be stripped away with a powerful solvent, and the process can get costly depending on how much shoe sole stains are present.

Carpet Cleaning Complaint Summary

Traffic lanes on carpet is undoubtedly the most common complaint after having your carpet professionally cleaned. While many homeowners want to believe it is simply soil that needs to be removed, it is actually the combination of up to three common factors that appear as soil: Actual Soil, Carpet Abrading, Shoe Sole Stains.

  1. Actual Soil: Actual soil removed during the carpet cleaning process
  2. Abrading: Irreversible damage that makes carpet appear gray and dirty
  3. Shoe Sole Stains: Carbon and ink that permeates fibers like a tattoo

As a professional carpet cleaning company near Nashville, we can remove soils, most stains and even shoe sole stains, at an additional cost. However, the only way to eliminate carpet abrading is to replace the carpet. Much like the example of washing your car with sandpaper, we cannot fill those tiny scratches with new material to eliminate the gray, dirty appearance caused by soils that have scratched the carpet fibers. Call EverClean today for Carpet Cleaning in Nashville.