Fortunately or unfortunately (whichever way you look at it) there isn’t solely one sure-fire way to clean a carpet. As such, professional companies tend to use a variety of carpet cleaning methods. Each one comes with it’s own set of advantages and disadvantages, so in order for you to see which method may be best for your carpet, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each.
Deep steam cleaning/hot water extraction
In this case the carpet is first treated with a chemical compound in order to saponify any oils and greases contained within. Hot water close to boiling point is then injected into the carpet and after a short wait (usually 5-15 minutes) it’s then sucked back up into the vacuum.
- Can extract soil and dirt that lie deep within the fibres of the carpet
- Suitable for flexible dwell times to allow for more heavier soiled carpets
- Good for use on a wide variety of carpets
- Recommended method of cleaning by most carpet manufacturers/retailers
- Relatively lengthy drying time
- Relatively high cost process when compared to other methods
This type of cleaning is best used for routine or light maintenance. Firstly the area is vacuumed. Then it’s sprayed with a chemical solution via a hand sprayer. Then an absorbent pad is placed onto the end of a floor cleaning machine and spun over the carpet at speeds of 150-300 RPM. This action serves to impregnate the soiled areas with the chemical solution, which are then lifted off the carpet revealing a clean area.
- Fast action and relatively inexpensive
- Delivers great results on lightly soiled carpets
- Doesn’t penetrate deep fibred carpets
- Can leave dirt and chemicals to accumulate near carpet backing.
This is known as dry cleaning and is where an absorbent compound is sprinkled over the carpet. It’s then worked into the fibres using a specialised machine, compete with rotating brushes. Once worked in, the powder is left to absorb the oils, dirt and greases (usually 10-15 minutes) and is then vacuumed away, leaving a clean, fresh smelling carpet.
- Very fast drying (usually only around 20 minutes)
- No technical training needed as it’s a very simple cleaning system.
- Not great for plush pile carpets as powder can become trapped
- Can cause excessive dust particles in the room when cleaning
A foaming agent is applied to the carpet which is then ‘whipped up’ using the rotating brushes of a machine. Any particles of dirt are suspended into the foam and after a short period, when the foam is removed, then so should any remaining oils, greases and dirt.
- Tiny amounts of moisture allows for quick drying time
- Fast, simple and inexpensive to apply
- Excellent agitation qualities
- Unable to penetrate deep down. Top level stains only
- Agitation brushes can cause damage to carpet fibres especially on new carpet
As you can see, there’s lots to think about when deciding which carpet cleaning method is best. In order to save you the headache then you really should speak to Carpet Cleaning Kings. We’ve have a wide knowledge of cleaning methods and in conjunction with the customer will advocate one that suits their needs and requirements. Why not give us a call on 1300 7000 75 to find out more.