Carpet Cleaning Methods:
This is probably the most improperly used term in the carpet
cleaning industry. Advertisers use the addition DRY to their
cleaning just to get more response. The real dry cleaning
should be done with a vacuum. Of course it will not be
possible to clean any oily or greasy residue just by
vacuuming. It needs to introduce a solution of some sort to
release the stain and carry it away.
Low moisture Cleaning
This type of cleaning is usually performed in one of a few
ways: Shampooing, Encapsulation, Bonnet or Pad cleaning. These
terms mostly apply to the machines and equipment used and to
the chemicals themselves.
The low moisture method was developed mostly for commercial
establishments where there is short fiber carpet.
The machines used for any of these methods are basically
scrubbing the upper level of the carpet. In some case the soil
removal is done by dry vacuum, in other case cotton like or
micro fiber pads are used to capture the dirt.
Hot water extraction – Steam Cleaning
This well known method is still the most widely used and also
recommended from carpet manufacturers.
After preconditioning the carpet the detergents are rinsed
with hot water and extracted from the carpet.
To a large degree the effectiveness of this method is depends
on the skills of the cleaner. Your carpet can easily get
soaked or damaged if done by an inexperienced and untrained
These days just a small number of companies can offer you a
restorative cleaning. It is basically another version of steam
cleaning. And it uses the same truck mount or portable
equipment. The difference is that your carpet is powerfully
machine preconditioned by scrubbing and injecting detergent at
the same time.
After preconditioning the carpet is rinsed and all of the
cleaning solution, water and dirt are extracted. The
preconditioning may be done by using a brush or bonnet. There
is no better way to deep clean a typical heavy soiled and
rarely maintained carpet than this.
So after we know the basics of the cleaning methods, how do we
choose the right one?
The question you need to ask your cleaning technician is what
method he/she would recommend in your particular case. If the
company you are going to hire to clean your carpets or
furniture provides only one”
super duper efficient and most powerful cleaning method”
you should think twice or even better hire someone else.
A good cleaning company with experienced and trained personnel
should be able to provide more than one cleaning method for