Types of Carpet Cleaning Methods Used by Companies
There are a few types of carpet cleaning methods that professional cleaners have in their service list. It is best to know the details of these as it will help you choose the best method and company to help you with your carpet concerns. It will also help you plan ahead of time in case there will be longer downtimes resulting from the method used.
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What happens in carpet cleaning?
The initial process of carpet cleaning involves vacuuming to remove any surface dirt from the carpet. This will help lessen the time spent and the amount of cleaning agent to be used on the carpet. Then, spot treatment will be done to visible carpet stains to remove stubborn dirt from the carpet. After this, the actual carpet cleaning starts.
Note: You need to clean your carpet on a regular basis. Here’s a guide on how often should carpet be cleaned.
From the term itself, the cleaning method is to “shampoo” the carpet using a cleaning solution. The cleaning agent creates foam to dislodge the dust and dirt from the carpet fibers. The carpet is brushed to further lift unwanted grime from the carpet. The cleaning solution is left to dry to allow it to work on the carpet longer. Once the carpet is dry, the foam and dirt mixture is then vacuumed out of the carpet to finally clean it. This is advisable for carpets with less foot traffic as it takes a while for the carpet to dry completely.
Dry Powder Carpet Cleaning
This method uses little to no water cleaning agent and is sprinkled onto the carpet. The cleaning powder is then brushed to sink to the bottom of the carpet and to loosen up the dust and dirt. The carpet is then vacuumed to remove the cleaning powder, including all the grime absorbed by it. As less moisture is used in the cleaning method, there is very little downtime for the carpet and the carpet can already be used after the cleaning process.
Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning
This cleaning method uses encapsulation chemicals that trap dirt. The solution is applied to the carpet and crystallizes once it dries. An agitation machine is run through the carpet to loosen the solution, which absorbs the dust and dirt from the carpet.
A vacuum will be used to remove the cleaning solution along with the unwanted grime. As this involves wet and dry methods, it cleans more thoroughly compared to dry powder cleaning. Drying time is longer than the dry powder method, but can be sped up with the use of air blowers.
Bonnet Carpet Cleaning
A bonnet or a spin cleaning machine is used for this type of cleaning. An extraction detergent is applied to the pad attached to the bottom of the bonnet. In severe cases, the detergent is applied directly to the carpet to improve the efficacy of the solution.
The spinning motion of the bonnet helps lift dirt and dust from the carpet. To dry the carpet, a clean dry pad replaces the detergent soaked pad and is used all over the carpet to remove moisture.
Steam Carpet Cleaning
Compared to the previous types of cleaning, steam cleaning provides a deeper clean for your carpet. It uses water and detergent to push into the carpet and give it a refreshing clean. It then uses a machine to evaporate the water in the carpet. It removes bacteria and smells that may have been accumulated over time. It might take a while to dry as not all wet spots are removed by the steam.
Hot Water Extraction
For a superior clean, hot water extraction is recommended especially for those carpets that have not been cleaned for a long time. It uses hot water and detergent to clean not only the surface dust and dirt but also the base layer of the carpet.
The temperature of the water is around 100°C (212°F), which effectively kills bacteria and odors that are deep-seated in the carpet. This is also effective in removing stain marks visible after spot treatment. The drying period for this type of cleaning will depend on the ventilation and location of the carpet.
Wrapping it up
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