Carpet hygiene greatly influences the appeal of your home’s interiors. Depending on whether you have pets, children or too many people moving around at home, your carpet needs a thorough cleaning periodically, at least once every 6 to 12 months. Professional cleaners use procedures that can be broadly classified into wet and dry cleaning methods. For our home located in Folsom CA, we chose a carpet cleaning Folsom company which offers hot water extraction, also known as steam cleaning. The following sections throw some light on these techniques while discussing their pros and cons.
1. Hot water extraction or Steam Cleaning Method:
More popularly known as Hot Water Extraction Method, it involves pre-conditioning the carpet with a detergent or any chemical reagent which loosens the stains, soil marks or oil-based components deep within the fibers. Now, water is heated up to 220 degrees and is injected onto the carpet at high pressure. The water and solution filled with dirt is than extracted using a powerful vacuum. Due to the use of high temperature and pressurized environment, cleaning is more effective as compared to all the other methods. The use of grooming tool and extraction wand make the process of dirt extraction further effective. The only downside – drying time is a little longer. But it can be reduced by using powerful equipment and well-trained technicians.
2. Bonnet Method:
Also called Bonnet Shampooing, this method is simply hard floor spray buffing, adapted for carpets. First, the carpet is cleaned by vacuum followed by spraying of a chemical solution on it with an electric sprayer. The liquid is given sufficient reaction time or dwell time. Then, a bonnet or an absorbent pad, which resembles a towel, is attached to a rotary floor machine’s drive block and spun on the carpet at a speed of 100-300 rpm. This method is simple, inexpensive and quick, but gives results only on lightly soiled carpets as it cleans only the carpet fibers located on top. As a result, lots of dirt accumulates at the bottom of the carpet.
3. Dry Cleaning Using an Absorbent Method:
A powder mixed with cleaning agents and solvents is applied over the carpet. To send it deep within the fibers, a machine with counter-rotating brushes is used. Within the next 15 to 20 minutes, the powder absorbs the dirt, and finally, it is vacuumed up.
This method is the simplest of all, and can be done with minimal technical training. Your carpet dries fast and will be back in service within 20 minutes. However, this process doesn’t ensure a deep cleaning, and the powder may cause a dust build-up in your home. It also gets trapped in the carpet fibers accumulating over time.
4. Dry Foam Rotary Shampoo Method:
This method involves applying a cleaning agent to the carpet which suspends the debris and stains on the carpet’s surface. It is then whipped into foam using the rotating brushes of a machine. After leaving undisturbed for a while, the foam is absorbed with a vacuum. Foam generates less moisture which reduces the carpet’s drying time.Since high temperatures are never achieved, cleaning is not very effective. Also, it can remove debris only from the surface.
Of all the methods discussed above, Steam Cleaning is the most effective as it thoroughly cleans your carpet. Even most carpet manufacturers recommend this method.
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