Carpet Cleaning Methods Explained
There are a few different methods of carpet cleaning that professional carpet cleaners use. The main types are dry cleaning, steam cleaning and shampooing. To choose the right way to clean your carpets will be dependent on what your carpet is actually made of, the levels of traffic on the carpet needing to be cleaned and if you have time available for drying. This article briefly discusses the methods available to help you choose which one may suit your carpets.
Steam cleaning, or hot water extraction as it is also known, involves the spraying of a hot water cleaning solution onto the carpet. An extraction unit is then used to suck the water and dirt out. This is an effective method as it provides a very deep clean of the carpets. Also in delivering the heat into the carpet it contributes to killing bacteria, dust mites and mold.
Dry cleaning has a few different methods. The first is bonnet cleaning which involves the use of a machine that spins, absorbing dirt from the carpet. This method is good at breaking down oily build up in carpets. The other method of dry cleaning involves sprinkling a powder onto the carpet which is then worked into the carpet. This powder is highly absorbent and when vacuumed off it removes the soil with the powder.
Shampooing is another method where a detergent solution is worked into the carpet with a specialized rotary brush machine. This method of carpet cleaning requires an allocation of drying time. Once dry, the residue, which includes the dirt, is vacuumed up. Sometimes the shampoo contains extra chemicals that can help to reduce odors and prevent further soiling.
All of the methods of carpet cleaning discussed here will work. Whether you hire a cleaning machine to do it yourself, or for a complete job, hire a professional, it is important to understand how each method works so that you can choose the best one to suit your carpets.
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