SUMMARY: Studies give validity to the Raleigh carpet cleaning industry, with scientific evidence and surveys revealing the problem of dirt and dust mites, while pointing to the solution to call in a professional in Raleigh carpet cleaning.
In one recent study, the ISAA found that building users can track in up to 24 pounds of dirt through a building's key entries during a 20-day work period! Even though the carpets may look relatively clean, deep cleansing found that these mats were far from sanitary. It's a well-known fact that dirt, dust, pollen, mites and other allergens can really exacerbate the lungs and nasal cavities of workers, so many business owners call in a professional Raleigh carpet cleaning company at least twice a year.
Some people may wonder whether they should get Raleigh carpet cleaning or replace their rugs with hardwood flooring. Yet the Carpet and Rug Institute advises that the carpet actually "improves indoor air quality by trapping allergens, which can be removed through proper vacuuming with CRI-approved equipment." This finding is confirmed by their 1970s study of commercial buildings in Sweden, which found that removing carpeting actually increased allergy levels over a 10-year period since there was nothing to trap the contaminants.
According to the Carpet Buyers Handbook, another well-publicized study in a South Florida school examined the effectiveness of annual professional carpet cleaning. They found that, over a two-year period, dust mite allergen levels went down by 92% with each routine carpet cleaning. The mere thought of breathing in dust mites is disgusting enough to warrant Raleigh carpet cleaning, but the studies add validity to the industry in general.
The industry itself is comprised of more than 40,000 small businesses and larger franchises. The nine large franchises do not dominate the $5.3 billion U.S. industry, however. Approximately 78% of the business goes to independent American business professionals, says Marketdata Enterprises, and locally, it seems there is no one primary Raleigh carpet cleaning business.
Studies show that truck-mounted Raleigh carpet cleaning machines are most effective at eradicating deeply embedded dirt. The 2009 Truckmount Carpet Cleaning Equipment Market Study found that 89% of professional carpet cleaners used truck mount machines. These machines complete the job quicker than other equipment and last longer, survey respondents said. But the main reason to use truck mount machines is that they can get the water heated to very high temperatures - around 220 degrees or higher, on average. In addition to cleaning carpets, the truck mount cleaners can also tackle upholstery cleaning, water / flood damage restoration and duct cleaning, experts say. These machines are so efficient that 1 in 4 owners say they'll purchase another "in the foreseeable future" at a whopping $15,000 - $19,999. It's no wonder, then, that most people call Raleigh carpet cleaning professionals rather than buy the equipment to do it themselves.