METHODS OF CARPET CLEANING
Methods of Carpet Cleaning
The most common carpet cleaning method available is the Spray Extraction Cleaning. Sometimes called hot water extraction or steam cleaning, this is probably the most popular method of carpet cleaning. It offers the deepest cleaning and flushes out more dirt than other methods. In addition, spray extraction machines are able to clean stairs and upholstery. A carpet spray extraction machine will have two tanks. One is filled with a water and detergent solution, which is sprayed into the carpet pile under pressure, shifting the dirt. The liquid and dirt is then removed by a vacuum and returned to the other; the recovery tank. Often, the vacuums used in spray extraction systems are extremely powerful and are mounted on a truck that is parked in front of the home.
Another carpet cleaning method, dry extraction, isn’t technically a “dry” procedure; it’s more of a “moisture-controlled” process. That is, it applies a controlled amount of moisture to clean the carpet and still leave it dry. This process is similar to the do-it-yourself “dry” method, but the equipment is larger.
The dry process alters the amount of chemicals used and how they’re applied. A machine with two counter-revolving brushes moves the cleaning agents through the carpet’s material. The cleaner supplies enough liquid to dissolve the dirt, then re-absorbs the soil and liquid, which leaves the carpet dry for vacuuming and immediate use.
When compared to wet systems, this method may not get as much of the deeper dirt out. Many businesses use this system because the carpet is usually dry and ready for traffic within an hour.
Companies that use the dry method say their method is better because the “soap” that other companies use acts as a magnet to attract soil and stains and gets the carpet even dirtier. Spray/Steam Cleaning Extraction uses detergents, not soap. Soap contains oils and fats, which is why we use it for bathing. But it is not used for cleaning carpets and upholstery.
How much powder is left in the carpet? A technician can use 20 lbs. of powder in the average home. It is guaranteed that a *lot* of that powder is still going to be in your carpet long after the technician leaves.
Ideally, your carpet should be professionally cleaned. However, to save money, many people alternate between the do-it-yourself cleaning and professional cleaning. While the do-it-yourself approaches are less expensive, they are almost never as effective as professional cleaning and involve a considerable amount of time and hard work. Depending on the method used, it is also easy for the novice to damage the carpet.
Beware of the three most common ways do-it-yourselfers (and inexperienced Companies) damage carpets and sub floors: Over-shampooing, Over-wetting and failing to protect the wet carpet from furniture
Over-wetting occurs when too much water soaks into the bottom of the carpet. Some backing materials cause the carpet to discolor if they get too wet. Some carpets will shrink, literally tearing themselves up from the floor. If the backing and pad get wet, it is very difficult to dry them, and you run the additional risk of mold and mildew problems. And soaked carpets along with soapy cleaning residues and a process called “wicking” can pull water-driven dirt up along carpet fibers bringing back spots you just had cleaned.
The final carpet cleaning hazard is stains caused by furniture coming into contact with wet carpeting. Many kinds of wood furniture will release some of the dyes in their stain if left in contact with a wet surface. Many pieces of furniture have feet that are at least partially metal. The metal can rust, leaving a stain in the carpet.
Do-it-yourselfers are more likely to encounter these problems because they often don’t remove all the furniture from the room when cleaning, and they often don’t have ready access to the foam blocks and foil-backed cardboard squares that the Pro’s use to keep the furniture off of the carpet until it is dry.
Professionals commonly use much more powerful and sophisticated equipment and cleaning agents. Because they know what they’re doing, they can use all that extra power without succumbing to the risks that power entails.
Professionals have two other advantages as well. First, they’re accustomed to moving the heavy furniture. Second, they usually know a lot more about how to handle specific challenges like heavily soiled areas and stains.
Many people used to believe “Don’t ever use any kind of water/ steam based cleaning!” This has not been the case for over a decade! Every major carpet mill and all four of the fiber producers which make the fiber the mills make carpet from, recommend hot water extraction for cleaning their carpets and the fibers they are made of. The water will absolutely NOT ruin your carpet or the backing, They haven’t used jute as carpet backing for well over 20 years. All carpets produced since then use “ActionBac” which is manufactured from polypropylene and you cannot shrink, mildew, melt, ruin, destroy, etc., polypropylene with water.
Your carpets are a major household investment. Trust your carpets and upholstery to Rich’s because If it needs to be cleaned you need Rich’s Cleaning Services!