Carpet cleaning is beneficial to your homes and offices. It contributes to a good indoor air quality inside the room. It adds beauty to your office or home. Regular carpet cleaning contributes to a healthier living environment. It also extends the life of your carpets.
Now, most of the time, when you are hiring a carpet cleaning company, the first question you ask is “What is the best type of carpet cleaning?” It is because you want to get the best type of service for your building. You are paying a good amount of money, so it would not hurt to know. Most reputable carpet cleaning companies are generous enough to give you a walk-through of their procedures. Some of them even offer a “demo cleaning.” If you are satisfied, you can hire them.
Best Method of Carpet Cleaning
The answer to the above question is- it depends. It depends on a lot of factors present in your carpets. Keep in mind that each carpet has different types of fabric. Different types of fabric means different methods in cleaning them. Another factor is the amount of dirt present in the carpets. Your carpets may have stains or spots, which also need a different approach in cleaning.
However, to give you an idea of how carpet cleaning companies do the job, below are some of the most commonly used methods in cleaning your carpets.
- Carpet Shampooing
Shampooing typically used a rotary floor machine. These machines are heavy, weighing in at 75 to a 100 lbs. spin a stiff brush at 175rpm. When done properly, shampooing can be effective as a pre-conditioning step to break down heavy soils in carpets and rugs. Then it is followed by second method like hot water extraction to remove residues and soils. Carpet shampooing is commonly used in places that get heavy foot traffic like restaurants, hotels and car dealerships. The good thing about carpet shampooing is that, it is relatively fast and many square feet can be cleaned quickly. Although it uses water as part of the cleaning agent, it still gets dry pretty quickly. However, keep in mind not to use it on any delicate carpet fiver as the mechanical agitation can untwist fiber and can cause damage to the texture.
- Carpet Absorbent Cleaners
Typically a special machine with cylindrical brushes is used to lightly agitate the soil, followed by vacuuming up the compound particles and dirt. This method has an advantage of very fast dry time since very little water is used. It is good for a quick touch-up or interim cleaning especially in an establishment that is open 24 hours a day. However, most carpet manufacturers do not recommend this method since it has minimal soil removal, which causes breakdown of fibers over time leaving traffic areas matted with faster re-soiling.
- Hot Water Extraction
This method is also known as Steam Cleaning. A mild detergent is used to pre-spray the carpet followed with hot water injected into the carpet and a high powered vacuum extracting the water, detergent and soil out of the carpet. Most carpet manufacturers recommend this method because it is very effective at removing soils, stains and spills. It is also the best method for removing pet urine and hair. This method is very gentle on fibers and can be used on most all carpet types including wool. The only downside of this method is it takes a very experienced operator and the drying time usually takes 2-6 hours.
- Bonnet Cleaning
This method is mostly used for heavily soiled commercial applications. Like shampooing, it also uses a rotary machine with brush or pads to mix the foam cleaning solution with the soiling. It is good for quick touch-ups to improve the appearance in commercial applications. On the contrary, if this method is used in a residential application, damage can occur to the fibers, fuzzing or even swirl marks can become permanent until the permanent cleaning method is done to correct the problem.
These are just of the commonly used approaches when cleaning your carpets. Ask your carpet cleaning company which is the best method that suits your needs. After all, they are the experts in this field.