About Reliable Carpet Maintenance

Thank you for your interest in Reliable Maintenance! We have been keeping the carpets and upholstery clean in Northern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin for over 30 years! We strive to keep our prices competitive while continuing to provide you with the service you’ve come to expect from our company. Schedule today!

Our family owned and operated business offers a one-stop shop for many of the services you need in your home, including: • All types of Carpet Cleaning • Free bottle of Carpet Spotter with Order • Oriental rug Cleaning • Upholstery Cleaning • Leather Cleaning • Tile & Grout Cleaning • Cleaning the interior of Vehicles, RV’s, Boats • Office & Commercial Cleaning • VCT stripping and refinishing

  • Carpet Cleaning

    This is one of the single most important and simple things you can do for your home. It will not only improve the look and feel of your home, but can have a positive effect on the health of your family! Why not see it for yourself?

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  • Upholstery Cleaning

    When was the last time you had your upholstery cleaned? Many people cannot remember or they have never had it cleaned. Why not have it cleaned and see the shine it had when you first bought it or see the colors jump off the fabric again like when it was new?

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  • Tile & Grout Cleaning

    We know that you wash your tile regularly. But, does the tile just not look as clean? Soil can get caught in tiny holes and textured areas that are very tough to remove. What about the grout, the 'catch-all' of the tile? Looking dull and discolored? Have it cleaned and be surprised!

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Why do carpets wear?

Has this happened to you? You decide that your room needs some changes; furniture needs to be moved around. You begin by pulling out the recliner and it pops out at you like a red blinking light. A worn spot in front of the chair. You begrudgingly slide the chair back, grumbling as you do, realizing that rearranging the furniture will have to wait till…never. Why do wear spots appear? The answer may seem obvious but understanding the reason can help preserve your investment.

First we need to get technical. Do carpets really “wear?” Not really. Wear is what happens to the brake pads on your car. The material is literally worn away and is gone. This process is not generally the source of the dark spots on your carpets that are in your hallway or by your chairs. What is really happening is the carpet is a process referred to as abrasion. This is the damaging of the fibers not the loss of them.

Look at the picture. Do you see all the little fibers? Each one is a smooth piece of nylon. What happens when soil is introduced and not removed? What happens when feet walk over the area grinding the soil in? The fibers become damaged. They are no longer smooth but have abrasions on them – cuts, scrapes, etc. The result is twofold and both are negative.

The most obvious consequence is that the fibers no longer reflect light as they did when they were new.  Imagine taking a fine sandpaper over the paint on your car. The paint would no longer shine, not because it was dirty, but because the light is not being reflected but rather is being diffused. This is a prime reason that heavily used areas on your carpets begin to darken.

The second consequence is that your carpets soil more quickly. Why? Think of your nonstick pans in your kitchen. When they are new, nothing sticks to them…NOTHING! It’s amazing. But what happens months or years later after countless uses? The finish begins to wear and things start to stick. The same process happens with the abrasion on your carpets. Those nice smooth fibers that nothing seems to stick to when new get cuts, nicks, and scratches that begin to hold soil. This process accelerates with poor maintenance; a vicious cycle.

What can we take away from this? First, you need to live in your house. Abrasion and wear are part of life. Second, there is no set time for the process. In other words, how fast this takes place is entirely up to you! Vacuum your carpets regularly! There are no shortcuts here! Also, have your carpets professionally cleaned with hot water extraction, the type we use here at Reliable Maintenance. No other method will clean your carpets more thoroughly. Your carpet is a big investment. Take care of it!

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