The Basic – Carpet Cleaning Methods

Methods used by Carpet Cleaners
Steam, shampoo, dry cleaning. With the variety of methods out there, how do you choose? Each janitorial companies method has its pros and cons but the main factor in any cleaning is the operator. Having a skilled and dedicated carpet cleaning company is the most important factor. A good technician will leave you with a clean carpet no matter which method they use. Having said that, we’ll discuss the options.

Steam (Hot Water Extraction)
This is the most commonly used method in the cleaning industry. The carpet cleaner will either bring a portable unit into your home or will use a “truckmount” which is a machine mounted in their van. Either of these machines are good although a truckmount will usually provide higher heat and greater vacuum. A cleaning solution is applied to the carpeting and allowed to dwell. It is then rinsed with either clean water or a rinse solution. Average drying time is between 4-8 hours.

In this method the carpet cleaning companies apply a solution to the carpeting and allow it to dwell. The technician will then extract this solution with absorbent bonnets using a rotary floor machine. The bonnets used are usually cotton which are highly absorbent and leave the carpet just damp. Average drying time is between 1-2 hours.

Dry Powder
The carpet cleaners apply a slightly moist powder to the carpeting and agitate. The powder is then vacuumed up along with soil that has been absorbed by the powder. The powder can be a fully synthetic material or an all natural powder made from corn cobs. Average drying time is under 1 hour.

In this method a solution is applied to the floor covering and agitated. The cleaner absorbs the soil and is left in the carpet to dry. The cleaner becomes brittle when dry and will break away from the fiber and be removed when the carpet is vacuumed. This process is also known as encapsulation. Average Drying time is 1-3 hours.

Dry Foam
This process is similar to Shampoo cleaning however the company applies a cleaner product in the form of a thick foam. The foam cleaner is agitated allowing it to absorb the soil and then vacuumed out of the carpeting. Average drying time is 1-2 hours.