Look clean, look smart and get the best from your home the NCCA way

Spring has sprung, and we are all looking at homes and wondering if we can make that comfy sofa, or warm pair of curtains and maybe our now not so cream looking carpet look fresh for the summer?

Our budgets are tight as we slowly see the end of the recession, so what better way than to invest in some professional cleaning. But where to start?

Maybe you have received a leaflet through your door with a fantastic offer such as £25 to wash, dry and clean or carpets, or your fingers have browsed the Yellow Pages for an upholstery cleaner? Yet, how can you be sure of their credentials and more importantly that your prize piece of furniture that simply needed a spruce up will actually look better for this service?

There is only one way, to seek out a true professional. Someone that has undergone extensive training and can really do what they say.  So where to now?

To source a reliable and professional, you need to contact the National Carpet Cleaners’ Association (NCCA).

The NCCA exists to raise standards of expertise and knowledge among carpet, floor and upholstery cleaners, and thereby to protect the public and their furnishings from cleaners who are not properly trained.

Every member of the NCCA has undergone expert training - nobody can be a member without proper training.

NCCA members work to a stringent Code of Practice that protects the customer. In fact they are so passionate about good service that they initiated the PAS86 which is an officially recognised standard of service.

This NCCA website ­– www.ncca.co.uk - enables you to search online for a properly accredited NCCA cleaner in your area.

It is important for the health of your family, and your furnishings, that the cleaner you use fully understands which cleaning materials are environmentally friendly, which can trigger allergies in susceptible people such as asthmatics, and which solvents and cleaning fluids are appropriate to each of the many types of carpets and furnishing fabrics in people's homes today.

The long life of your precious carpets, curtains and other upholstery depends on their being cleaned by an expert. Without regular cleaning, a carpet that could remain fresh and bright for 30 years will be dull and worn after as little as ten years.  Which is why investing in expert cleaning makes sound financial sense.

So always look for an NCCA accredited cleaner, and always ask to see evidence of that accreditation before allowing a cleaner to work on your carpets, hard floors or furnishings.