Carpet cleaning has come a long way from those days when all was needed was detergent, water in a bucket and a brush for scrubbing manually. However carpet cleaning is categorized into two major methods and they are:-
1. Dry Cleaning/ Low Moisture Cleaning
2. Steam Cleaning/Hot water extraction
1. Dry Cleaning/Low Moisture Cleaning
Carpet dry cleaning uses actual water unlike clothing dry cleaning where solvents are used. The dry cleaning products used on clothes can never be used during carpet cleaning unless you intend to damage your carpet. Carpet dry cleaning simply involves the use of carpet cleaning systems that use low moisture to get rid of soil through absorption or transference. The advantages with this method of cleaning are that it is quick, allows for faster drying and is often times low cost. However, one disadvantage is that most low moisture systems offer no rinsing to get rid of the detergent residues and soil that remain on the carpet.
Dry foam, bonnet cleaning and dry absorbent powder are the major dry cleaning processes.
Dry Foam:- Dry foam involves the application of liquid foam crystallizing shampoo on the carpet and then removing it after letting it dry without rinsing.
Bonnet Cleaning: – It is simply the use of a large rotating cotton bonnet on the carpet which absorbs the dirt. No rinsing or flashing is required during the bonnet cleaning process but the bonnet should be changed frequently.
Dry Absorbent Powder:- When it comes to the use of dry absorbent powder, moist absorbent powder is spread throughout the carpet and then sucked into the vacuum after it dries. With no rinsing to take place, dry sponge particles have been known to remain in the carpet.
2. Steam Cleaning/ Hot Water Extraction
The steam cleaning method of carpet cleaning involves the use of a hot-water cleaning solution sprayed on the carpet then quickly removed by a powerful vacuum system. This is done only after the carpet has been preconditioned using a chemical reagent to liquefy any dirt in the carpet. This method is recommended by all carpet manufacturers because it successfully gets the soil out of the carpet, leaving it clean. High pressures, temperatures and chemicals are used for effectiveness and the use of extraction wands or grooming tools makes it easier.
The disadvantages with this method of cleaning are that the carpet will take long to dry and the cleaning equipment is quite costly. However, the method effectively cleans the carpet hence its recommendation by a number of reputed carpet manufacturers.
The above two are the major carpet cleaning methods provided by Mannyscarpetcleaningtampa.com often both at home and in the offices.