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Choosing The Right Carpet Cleaning Method

By Steven Orr

Hot Water Extraction. Your carpets are one of the most expensive items in your home, and so need to be cleaned correctly to get the best results and longest life.

The main method used by carpet cleaners, and recommended by most major manufactures, including Shaw Industries, the worlds largest, is hot water extraction.

This method of cleaning carpets is known as Steam Cleaning, but steam is not used as it would be far too hot. The term comes from the appearance, when a very fine spray is injected into the carpet under pressure, giving the appearance of steam. A cleaning agent is added to hot water and injected into the carpet under pressure, and is then followed by a vacuum to extract the dirt particles and solution from deep in the carpet.

The drying time for this method is around a couple of hours.

DIY machines are not as powerful as professional machines, and might leaves carpets over wet and cause shrinkage or mould.

Dry Cleaning. Uses an absorbent particulate product containing cleaning agents and solvents.

The powder is spread on the carpet either by hand or special spreading machine, then worked into the carpet by counter rotating cylinder brushes.

The powder will release the chemical cleaner onto the dirt particles, which is then emulsified and suspended. The powder is left to sit for 15 – 20 minutes and then vacuumed up.

The advantage of this cleaning method is the quick drying time. The disadvantage is, some of the powder will be left in the carpet, and it’s not as deep cleaning as hot water extraction.

Absorbent Pad. Absorbent Pad cleaning is also known as Bonnet Cleaning and Dry Cleaning, and uses a rotary machine with an absorbent pad or towel. The carpet is vacuumed, then sprayed with a special chemical solution.

The chemical is usually a water based formula with certain solvents added as an aid in the cleaning and drying process.

The chemical solution is left for a while after it has been applied, to give it time to work. Then the carpet is cleaned with a slightly damp bonnet, buffing the carpet using overlapping strokes.

The absorbent pad will pick up suspended dirt particles and cleaning solution. The pad must be changed when it becomes saturated and no longer picks up.

Learn more about Carpet Cleaner. Stop by Steven Orr’s site where you can find out all about Carpet Cleaner and what it can do for you.

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