Vancouver Island and Greater Victoria may receive an abundance of rainfall but we must all be responsible in how we use this precious resource. When you take thoughtful steps around your home -like selecting high-efficiency appliances & shower fittings, and checking for small leaks- you’re not only saving money on your water bill, you’re doing your part to preserve the watershed. The CRD lays out helpful guidelines and tips on how to conserve water at your home and business and choosing a VLM (Very Low Moisture) carpet cleaner is one more way you can make a sustainable choice. VLM, or ‘Dry’ carpet cleaning is becoming a more popular alternative to the old water-wasting methods.
Too Much Water?
Did you know that HWE (Hot Water Extraction) carpet cleaners use over 40 gallons to clean an average home, and in some cases up to 300 gallons may be used to clean just 1000 square feet of carpet? While HWE is a method is a good method for certain situations and can garner excellent results in the hands of an experienced technician, all too often overwetting can occur. This is not only wasteful of our valuable water supply, in some extreme cases it can lead to permanent carpet and underpad damage, shrinkage, mildew, mold, and even a bloom in odour-causing bacteria.
“My carpets were wet for way too long, it was inconvenient!”
We hear this complaint almost daily as new customers to us recount their previous wet-cleaning experience. Today’s VLM technologies allow us to deeply clean without risking the problem of overwetting. Of course, we do use some water for cleaning, but our VLM methods typically use 20 times less water to get the job done -about 2 gallons for a typical home. Dri-Way means you can have fresh, clean, hygienic, and DRY carpets usually within just 30-90 minutes.
“When the carpets finally dried, all the spots came back!”
Isn’t it irritating to have paid good money only to have the exact same spots return hours or days after an inexperienced wet cleaner has left? This is another all-too-familiar problem often called “wick-back”. This is an inherent problem for HWE that has been solved by modern advances is low moisture cleaning technology. Our clients report that spots they thought were permanent are gone for good.
Given the risks and inconvenience of wet carpet cleaning, coupled with the unnecessary overuse of water, it’s an easy decision to switch to a more ecologically practical VLM method provider. Modern dry carpet cleaning gets excellent results and extends the life of carpets and rugs in your home. There’s just no good reason to carry on with methods that place heavy demands on our watershed. Since 1986 our family business has been serving Greater Victoria from Sooke to Sidney with our always improving dry carpet cleaning service.