Carpet cleaning technology has come a long way since the days of the brush and bucket. It is important to know what cleaning technology works best for your carpet. Here are some of the commonly used carpet cleaning methods.
This is also called steam carpet cleaning. It involves agitating the dirt in the carpet fibers using hot water. A cleaning agent is first applied to the carpet and allowed to settle. The hot water steam is then applied to the carpet at high pressure, loosening the dirt and dissolving it. A brush is used to scrape off hard dirt. The carpet is then rinsed and left to dry. Hot water carpet cleaning is quite fast. A 300 square feet carpet can be washed in under 2 hours.
This way of cleaning a carpet is no longer done at many carpet washing places. It involves applying shampoo to loosen the dirt. The dirt is then brushed off and the carpet left to dry. This method is no longer popular because a lot of shampoo foam is left on the carpet. It takes longer for the carpet to dry. A carpet washed using this method gets dirty again in a short time.
This method has used since the 1970s. It involves using cleaning detergents that crystalize when dry. The detergent loosens dirt and binds onto it. When it crystallizes, it is brushed off or vacuumed. This method uses minimal water and has the advantage of not leaving behind the chemical detergent.
This method of carpet cleaning involves cleaning the top section of the carpet fibers. This is done using a carpet cleaner with a whirring brush that is moistened with a cleaning agent. This method is very suitable for cleaning carpets in areas with heavy foot traffic. The biggest advantage of this cleaning method is fast drying. It is commonly used in hotels and offices. The disadvantage of this method is that it pushes dirt and detergent residue deep into the carpet.
Dry carpet cleaning is popular for its effectiveness in cleaning deep into the carpet. It involves the application of a cleaning agent using a rotating brush. The brush delivers the cleaning agent deep into the carpet fibers. The cleaning agent is then vacuumed or brushed off together with the bound on it. Advances in cleaning agent technology have seen the use of biodegradable cleaning agents which pose little risk of leftover detergents. The biggest advantage of this method is that it does not wet the carpet meaning the room can be used as soon as the cleaning is done.