Different Methods of Carpet Cleaning
Do you need your carpet cleaned but choosing the method of carpet cleaning is confusing to you? Here I will talk about the major methods of carpet cleaning and hopefully this will help you to be able to determine which method is best for you and your situation. Remember carpet cleaning may look easy, but if you don’t know the how and the why behind it then you may want to hire a professional carpet cleaner.
Carpet shampooing is probably the most economical method of carpet cleaning. The shampoo is applied to the carpet through a buffer or floor scrubbing machine. The shampoo will then attract the soil to itself and then be left to dry. When the shampoo is dry, you simply run a vacuum cleaner over the carpet to remove the shampoo and soil.
Using this method for a homeowner could be tricky if the wrong shampoo is selected to use. Some products dry or crystallize better than others and if a good shampoo is not selected then your carpet could wind up getting dirty faster, because of the shampoo staying sticky and not drying totally.
Hot Water Extraction
Hot Water Extraction is most commonly referred to as steam cleaning. The term steam cleaning does not actually describe the process correctly since steam is not really used to clean the carpet. Hot water is used to flush the carpet fibers and the by-product of this hot water is steam. So it looks like steam is actually cleaning the carpet, but this is not the case.
Hot water extraction is the most preferred cleaning method in the industry today. It can be done with a small machine that you can rent or if you choose to hire a professional they will more than likely use a van-powered truck mounted unit and in this case bigger is better.
Sometimes the shampoo method and the hot water extraction method are combined. This is usually done by a professional and a much more thorough job can be done when combining the two methods. However, it is twice the work and so it could cost twice the price for this service.
Dry Powder Method
With this method, you do not use any water to clean your carpet. Instead, you use an absorbent material that has solvents and detergents in it. With this method, the absorbent material is spread over the carpet then agitated to loosen the soil and later vacuumed up. To me, this is like taking a shower with no water.
Absorbent Pad or Bonnet Cleaning Method
In this method a round absorbent bonnet is prepared before actual cleaning by immersing it in water and wringing it out so it isn’t dripping wet. Then heavily soiled areas are directly sprayed with a bonnet cleaning solution. This is followed by a floor scrubbing machine with the absorbent bonnet under it going across the surface of the carpet to collect the suspended soil. This method is sometimes referred to as a “dry cleaning” method. However, since water based products are used, the term dry cleaning (cleaning with only a solvent based cleaner) is not technically correct. This is not a deep cleaning method. It should only be used in lightly soiled and maintenance situations.
Which ever method you end up choosing, you should know that the most important thing is the carpet and rug cleaning technician. A good highly trained technician can achieve great results regardless of the method used.