Carpet Cleaning Guide

Carpet Cleaning Guide

Methods of Carpet Cleaning

To industry outsiders, carpet cleaning might sound like a straightforward process. But for cleaning professionals, they know that nothing is ever as easy as it sounds. In fact maintenance and cleaning will support a carpet’s durability and extend its beauty for many years. In some cases, regular and correct carpet cleaning is important to preserved the life of your carpet.

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There are a number of methods and companies offers a wide variety of carpet cleaning services. The question is – what are these carpet cleaning methods and which ones work? Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common types of carpet cleaning.


Probably the least effective method. Best suited for low pile commercial carpet that is highly soiled. Unless it is used with some other type of carpet cleaning, has no extraction in the cleaning process but rather depends on vacuuming after the shampoo dries.

Dry Foam

This method is very similar to shampooing in that it relies on the aggressiveness of the brushing action. Which is usually counter rotating cylindrical brushes. The difference is that the solution is whipped into a foam and applied right before the brushes instead of a liquid as in shampooing. This does allow for faster drying times.


In this type of cleaning sometimes referred to as ‘Dry Cleaning’ too. The cleaning product (sometimes mixed with carbonated water) is misted onto the carpet in the form of a spray.This method may be considered as an interim cleaning between more effective deep cleanings.

Dry Powder

This method has the fastest drying times of all carpet cleaning methods. It has the advantage of being able to be walked on almost immediately after cleaning. Similar to the Bonnet method, dry powder cleaning does a fairly good job of cleaning the top 1/3 of the fiber that is visible if it is not heavily soiled.

Hot Water Extraction

Steam cleaning and also known as ‘hot water extraction’. Actually it is the most effective method for carpet cleaners. It involves injecting hot water and detergents into the carpet and then vacuuming out the water, detergent, and soils. With a powerful suction system that can be either portable or truck mounted.

One the biggest areas of confusion for homeowners looking for a quality carpet cleaning company is deciding which cleaning method to use. The answer to this question will be determined by which aspects of each method are most important to you.

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