What are some highly rated carpet cleaning services in San Francisco, CA?

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What are some highly rated carpet cleaning services in San Francisco, CA?

Four carpet cleaning techniques have been identified: wet cleaning, cleaning with an absorbent pad, dry cleaning and dry foam method. Out of these four methods, wet cleaning is recommended as the best, most thorough cleaning method in general. Wet cleaning is the most effective method of cleaning carpets and provides the best cleaning as it cleans the whole carpet, not just the surface, and if the proper equipment is used it is a fast, efficient approach. Using company websites and Yelp reviews, I was able to identify three highly rated companies that use organic and non-toxic products for carpet cleaning in San Francisco. These companies are: MND carpet cleaning, Healthy Choice Carpet Cleaners and Dalia's cleaning services.

A. cleaning techniques

1. WET CLEANING
Wet cleaning is also referred to as hot water extraction or steam cleaning. Carpet is first pre-conditioned with "a chemical reagent that liquefies soils and oil-based substances which may be present in the carpet fibers". Then, water is "heated to near its boiling point, pressurized and injected into the carpet". Vacuum is then used to extract the water from the carpet after about 15 minutes.

The pros of this procedure are that it cleans the whole carpet and "gets out soiling from deep down in the carpet". It is also a current best practice, most widely used and most recommended by cleaning services, carpet manufacturers and different professionals who deal with carpets.

The cons of this procedure are that if done without an adequately powerful vacuum, the carpet will have quite a long drying time. This leads to the next negative point, which is that expensive professional equipment is needed for this method to be completely effective. It can also be costly.

2. CLEANING WITH AN ABSORBENT PAD
This method is also called bonnet cleaning and is recommended for routine light maintenance, but can also be used for regular carpet cleaning. First the carpet is vacuumed, then a solution is sprayed onto the carpet and left to react as per instructions on the bottle. Then the bonnet (absorbent pad) is put on the "drive block of a rotary floor machine and spun over the carpet surface at 100 to 300 rpm. This action serves to impregnate the carpet fibers with the chemical solution and then pick it up with the soils afterward".

The pros of this method are that it is fast, simple and inexpensive. It will yield great results for lightly soiled carpets.

The cons of this method are that it can only clean the top third of the fibers, which means the dirt is left to accumulate at the bottom.

3. DRY CLEANING
Dry cleaning involves "a powder mixed with special solvents and different cleaning agents" which are then spread all over the carpet. A machine fitter with "counter-rotating brushes is used to work the power into the carpet. The powder acts as the absorbent of soils in the carpet fibers". After 15 minutes, it is vacuumed up.

The pros of this method are that it is very simple and doesn't involve special training. It also takes only 20 minutes before the carpet is completely dry.

The cons of this method are that the powder "may be trapped in plush pile carpets and left to build up over time, can cause excessive dust build-up in the home and is unable to clean deep down into the carpet".

4. DRY FOAM
This method uses a cleaning agent which is first applied to the carpet to "help suspend dirt and debris in the carpet". This is then "whipped into foam and worked into the carpet fibers with the rotating brushes of a special machine". It can be very quickly vacuumed up.

The pros of this method are that it's simple, fast and inexpensive. Additionally, the very small initial amount of moisture allows you to have a dry carpet very fast.

The cons of this method are that it will only achieve extraction on the surface.

5. RECOMMENDATION

Out of these four methods, I would recommend the first method — wet cleaning — for a 2-bed, 2-bath household. A UK carpet cleaning service company insists that wet cleaning is "the healthiest and most effective method of cleaning carpets and upholstery for homeowners, and as long as it is carried out with care by an experienced company". In your request, you specify you care about "cleanliness, eco products being used in the cleaning process and speediness of the cleaning". This method is considered the best because it cleans the whole carpet, and not just the surface. Additionally, eco products can be used for it. This article lists examples of ten green cleaning products that don't contain harmful chemicals. If performed by a professional service, this method is fast as well.

B. Carpet cleaning services in San Francisco, CA

Using company websites and Yelp reviews, I was able to identify three highly rated companies that use organic and non-toxic products for carpet cleaning in San Francisco.

1. MND CARPET CLEANING
MND carpet cleaning says about themselves that they are "dedicated to excellence in cleanliness while remaining eco-friendly by using only the best technologies and fully organic safe, biodegradable, non-toxic and non-irritant products. Unlike the harsh and dangerous chemicals in most industry cleaners all of our products are completely safe for your pets and children." Based on the photos seen on their website, they use wet cleaning for carpets.

Their rating is 5/5 stars in 29 reviews on Yelp.
There are no prices listed on their website or Yelp, but in reviews several people mention they got a quote upon contacting the company.

Contact: (415) 818-0688 or website contact form
Address: 1714 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
at Filbert St
North Beach/Telegraph Hill

2. HEALTHY CHOICE CARPET CLEANERS
Healthy Choice Carpet Cleaners say about themselves that they are "highly trained individuals, using the most advanced equipment along with environmentally safe cleaning agents". Based on the photos seen on their website, they use wet cleaning for carpets.

Their rating is 4.5/5 starts in 229 reviews on Yelp.

Price: "Our minimum call out fee is $180 (minimum fee outside SF is $195, some cities may have an additional $50 — $75 trip charge). All invoices will have a 4% "health care tax" added to them."

Contact: (415) 681-5172 or web form
Address: 58 W Portal Ave Ste 129
San Francisco, CA 94127
b/t Claremont Blvd & San Lorenzo Way
West Portal, San Francisco

3. DALIA'S CLEANING SERVICES
Dalia's cleaning services says about themselves that they are "using organic products, steam cleaning machine and delivering 2 hour carpet dry".

Their rating is 5/5 stars in 54 reviews on Yelp.
There are no prices listed on their website or Yelp, but in reviews several people mention they got a quote upon contacting the company.

Contact: (415) 519-1599 or web form (under "Contact us")
Address not specified, but they serve San Francisco and surrounding area, including Inner Richmond.

CONCLUSION

Three highly rated companies that use organic and non-toxic products for carpet cleaning in San Francisco are: MND carpet cleaning, Healthy Choice Carpet Cleaners and Dalia's cleaning services.
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