Learn how professionals use the best carpet cleaning methods to keep the carpet look new and fresh. Whether you decide to go with a professional carpet cleaning company or you choose to apply a do it yourself carpet cleaning project, there are a variety of cleaning and carpet cleaning methods that you can use.
While in choosing the best cleaning methods for your home or office, you will need to understand different types of carpet cleaning methods for the better care of your carpets.
Steam Cleaning – This type is also known as hot water extraction. Steam cleaning is the most thorough method of carpet cleaning available. It is also the most recommended by most carpet manufacturers. This method uses very high temperature steam to penetrate deep into your carpet fibers. The steam is great for breaking up dirt in your fibers and killing a majority of the microscopic pests that find their way into your carpet. The main disadvantage is longer drying times than other methods.
Dry Cleaning – Unlike steam cleaning, this method uses very little to no water. The drying times are minimal to non-existent. Dry cleaning involves spreading a powdered solvent over the carpet and using a special buffer to work it in. The carpet is then vacuumed thoroughly. Dry cleaning is ideal for a quick surface cleaning but is nowhere near as thorough as the steam method.
Shampoo – This is the oldest method for carpet cleaning. Shampooing carpet consists of pouring a solution onto the brush of a buffer and working a small area at a time. Ideally, you would go over the areas 2-3 times for the best results. After shampooing the carpet is then vacuumed. Typically the solutions used for shampooing contain brighteners that can make your carpet look very good afterward.
Bonnet Cleaning – This is an alternate version of shampooing. Rather than use a brush, a bonnet is attached to the buffer. The bonnet is dipped into the shampoo solution and then worked into the carpet. Once the bonnet gets soiled it is either cleaned and reused or replaced with a clean one. The bonnet is a bit more effective than traditional shampooing brushes. Drying times with this method take around 30 minutes on average.
Foam Cleaning – This method is similar to shampooing. The cleaning foam is worked into the carpet using a brush. Afterward, the solution is left to dry for a couple of hours and then extracted with a vacuum.
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