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Burt came to me highly recommended but unfortunately I dialed the wrong number and got another cleaning company last week...My husband called yesterday to have them come back to clean under our beds (and he actually dialed the correct number) when Burt arrived we both realized he is not the person that cleaned my carpet initially. I expected him to not clean it since he had not been here before and it was such a small job. Not only did he clean it...The quality of his cleaning compared to the other company is like night and day. Burt will be the only person I called going forward to clean my carpets his customer service and the quality of his work is impeccable!!
James provided honesto information and quick service. I love that he provided the proper expectations of what our carpet would look like once he was finished! I would highly recommend!
Burt and his associate did an excellent job cleaning our carpet! They were punctual, professional, and made our carpet look almost new again. We were very pleased with their service and would definitely recommend them!
He forgot about our appt., and I had to call him when it was 45 minutes past appt time. Said he would be another 20 minutes. Service seemed very expensive for just cleaning 2 rooms, and then when he gave me the bill added on another $20, for "fuel consumption" for his truck!!!! Do not use Majestic Carpet Cleaner!!!
Worst carpet cleaner in the marketplace. Guy took 20 minutes to run through my place and when I voiced a complaint about it he began making excuses. I don't accept excuses from someone that is a supposedly a professional. I have been in the real estate business for 15 years and have worked with many different carpet cleaners in the area and I can assure you that this outfit is not worth the price of admission. Keep in mind folks you pay for what you get and in my case I got screwed out of $90. The owner tried to contact me and come back to redo the job and then postponed until the next day. Then he tried to postpone again and I said forget it just refund my money. He told me that they don't do that and that he would be happy to redo the job. I told him no that I wanted to get a refund and why would I have to ask a so called professional to come do a job all over again. He got insulted and asked if I was threatening him and that he would meet me in a parking lot if that's the attitude I was going to take. What a joke. Not only does their cleaning service suck but so does their customer service skills. Basically I know that I will never see that $90 again but if I can keep others from having to put up with idiots like these guys then that is worth the $90 to me. Scam artists.
If I could leave negative 5 stars, it would be too good for this company.They did the upstairs of my 1800sq ft house in less than 15 minutes and left without so much as a thank you, have a nice day or go to hell. They also left my front door standing wide open. We went upstairs to view their work and found dog vomit stains from the previous day still there, along with many other areas we felt should have come clean so we broke out our own steam cleaner and the spots came right up. Worst of all, the water from our steam cleaner was filthy, indicating they didn't really clean much, if anything. We spot cleaned several other areas and found the same results - filthy water, dark spots and stains removed. All of this was filmed and will be uploaded to this site shortly for your viewing pleasure.Within 10 minutes of them leaving, I had sent an email through the company website and my wife called. We didn't receive a response until Tuesday, at which point the 'owner', Mark, claimed 'I don't check emails, my dad set that up 20 years ago'. Mark was very rude, condesending and even mocked my wife with an &quot;oh, you have video, I'm scared' when informed that we had filmed the entire episode. Some of his comments included: 'you let them leave, so it's your fault', 'we'll come back out but we won't come when you want us to, you'll have to be available when we get there' and best of all, 'I'm not giving you your money back'.Well, guess what Mark? My bank has already given me my money back and they will be coming to you to get their money back very shortly. And, while my videos may not 'scare' you, I certainly hope they will deter others from hiring your worthless company that mocks their customers and refuses to stand behind their work. Instead of insulting your customers, you may want to consider addressing the poor work that your employees are doing, thus giving YOUR company a bad reputation.
Om these guys are amazing. Very clean polite respectful. Couldnt ask for a better business to clean my carpet thank you so much
I scheduled an appointment to have my tile shower steam cleaned. I gave Mr. Sappenfield my address, he called to confirm. We discussed the estimated costs & how the work would be performed, as well as adt'l sealing he may be able to do on-site. On the morning of my appt, I had my bathroom completely cleaned out, so the work crew could have space. At 9:07am Sappenfield called from a gas station on I-20 to say he was having trouble finding my address on GPS. The address he stated was incomplete and in "Aiken", not Warrenville, so I told him he had my address incorrect & gave it to him again. I that he was already 40 minutes late, and he would be at least an hour late for our appt. He got mad, said I was wrong; our appt was at 9am & since I was frustrated with him I could find someone else to do my work & hung up on me! He is very unprofessional - was late no matter whether his appt was 8:30 or 9am, so for him to be so rude was not called for in this situation. I do not recommend them.
They did an excellent job. We had 2 chairs that were in desperate need of a good cleaning. They look beautiful now thanks to Superior Carpet Cleaning!
Well, I can't say enough about how hard these guys worked to get my white rug white again. They must have spent 2 hours. I had spilled some food on it and needed it perfect again. I thought it was a lost cause, but when it dried, it was like new! And it smelled wonderful - better than new! I'll come back to them again and again. It was their low prices that got me to call in the first place, but it's their professionalism and dedication to the job that will keep me coming back!
Mistakes happen, and when it comes to owning a carpet or rug, mistakes usually mean stains. The plush softness of carpet and rugs comes with a price: the time and care required to clean them. Cleaning your carpet or rugs can require some extra work and special techniques that differ from typical hardwood or tile floors. In some cases, you may even need to hire a professional to get the best results.
For minor stains or routine cleaning, it's possible to effectively treat a carpet or rug yourself. If a thorough vacuuming doesn't get rid of dirt in certain areas, here's how to tackle them on your own.
A number of liquids can stain carpet or rug materials, including wine, coffee, nail polish, or blood, to name a few. Depending on what caused the stain, the carpet or rug's material, and how long it's been there, you may need to use different techniques or cleaning supplies to get rid of it. In general, though, keep the following ground rules in mind for stain removal:
Take these steps to remove a stain as soon as possible to prevent drying.
Some stains may come out with little more than water or a mild soap. More serious stains may require a solvent to make removal easier. The best solvent to use depends on what caused the stain.
-Water-soluble stains: These include berries, cola, food dye, jelly, mud, washable ink, or wet paint. Mix a solution of 1/4-teaspoon nonbleach detergent (or white vinegar) with 32 ounces of water.
-Dark water-soluble stains: Chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, wine, and bodily fluids often stain much more readily than other water-soluble materials and need a different solvent. Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed in 1 cup of water first. If this doesn't work, try combining one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. These solvents may remove color from certain fabrics like wool, so check with the manufacturer for the best cleaning method.
-Oils and waxes: This would include glue, gum, nail polish, and cigarette residue. The best way to clean each of these varies - some may need to be simply scraped off or, if possible, frozen to make it brittle and then chipped away. Most glue can be dissolved and removed using a solvent like rubbing alcohol. Nail polish may also be dissolved using rubbing alcohol or with nail polish remover containing acetone.
Unfortunately, some stains may prove difficult to remove using household products. In any case, vacuuming and spot cleaning may not be enough to get your carpet or rug looking like new again. That's why many homeowners opt to hire a professional carpet cleaning service on a regular basis, around once every 12 to 18 months.
When it comes to heavy-duty carpet cleaning, you have many options to pick from. The two most common methods for cleaning carpets are steam cleaning and dry cleaning.
Steam cleaning is a common method for professional carpet cleaning, but the name is somewhat misleading. Steam-cleaning services use machines that utilize hot (but not boiling) water in combination with a vacuum. The water is heated inside the machine and sometimes mixed with detergent before being sprayed directly onto the carpet. At the same time, a vacuum sucks up the water almost immediately after hitting the fabric. The hot water extracts far more dirt and stains than would be possible by hand.
Cleaning machines using hot water extraction can be purchased or rented for home use, but they aren't always as powerful as what professional cleaning services use. Improperly drying the carpet may also cause bacteria or mold growth. Professional cleaners also employ a number of other methods to pre-treat the carpet and ensure adequate drying. For these reasons, professional carpet cleaning may be preferable to do-it-yourself methods.
Carpets or rugs can also be thoroughly cleaned using a dry-cleaning method. As the name suggests, there is much less water involved in dry cleaning, which means the carpet can be ready to use in less time. Using powerful solvents to break down dirt and stains, dry cleaning puts less physical stress on the carpet, and thus might be better in the long run. However, dry cleaning is usually more expensive than hot-water cleaning services. In addition, the chemicals used to dry clean carpets might irritate pets, people with sensitive skin, or anyone sensitive to strong odors.
Before choosing a professional carpet cleaning service, make sure you will be getting what you paid for by asking the right questions and doing your homework.
Again, there are pros and cons involved in using a hot-water-based cleaning service or dry cleaning. Take into consideration not only cost, but how long the process will take from start to finish, including drying time. Also take note of the material your carpet is made from, and consult the manufacturer if possible to learn about the best ways to clean it. If you or your family is sensitive to any chemicals, be sure to keep this in mind and ask about what chemicals are used.
You can find reviews of most professional carpet-cleaning services online, as well as information about a company's specific process, the chemicals used, and cost. It's also wise to ask friends and family members about services they've used in the past to get a recommendation. Don't always go with the service offering the lowest price, or hire a service who advertises door-to-door or over the phone, unless you have done thorough research on them.
Carpet cleaning services will be entering your home, potentially while you aren't there, so you want to feel comfortable with the business you trust with this responsibility. Ask if the company conducts background checks on employees, as well as if they are insured in your state. Without liability insurance, a mistake that results in damage to your home or furniture may be your responsibility to pay for.
If you've found a carpet-cleaning service you can trust, ask to get a quote. This may involve specifying exactly what services you would like performed, as well as the size of your home's carpeted area. Make sure you understand exactly what is included in a quoted price. Some businesses may charge extra to move furniture, clean stairs, or use special treatment methods. It's also common for businesses to sell customers on products and services they don't need. Don't hesitate to ask questions if any detail about the quote is unclear.
If you instead want to rent or buy a carpet-cleaning machine to use yourself, you have many options to pick from.
Since heavy-duty carpet cleaning isn't a frequent activity for most homeowners, many choose to simply rent one of these machines. Of course, renting is usually much cheaper than owning a machine or hiring a service, which is the biggest advantage in this situation. But not all rental units perform equally, and some might require extra drying time or the use of special solvents that will cost more. There's also the time and effort that goes into carpet cleaning - renting a unit means you must also move furniture yourself and pay close attention to ensure you're operating the unit correctly. Making a mistake could mean damaging your carpet or the unit itself. Also, improperly drying carpet could allow harmful bacteria and mold to grow. Before renting a carpet cleaner, make sure you're up for the task at hand.
Homeowners can purchase carpet cleaners ranging from compact units to full-size industrial-strength machines. Besides price, take note of the features of a unit and compare them to what you most need from a carpet cleaner. Some models specialize in removing allergens from pet hair, while others may work better on tough stains, for example. Another key consideration: Make sure you have room for it. Some carpet cleaners can be bulky and require ample storage space.
Other features you may want to look for in a cleaning unit include:
Make the right choice in carpet cleaners by considering all the options available to you and how they fit into your needs and budget.