Best Carpet Cleaning Method

Carpet cleaning method

Here is an overview of the best carpet cleaning methods in use by professionals.

Immediately after a stain use these top carpet cleaning methods:

  • Vacuum frequently and thoroughly. Most of the wear of carpeting is caused by dirt. Oily soils attract more oily soil and frequent vacuuming will reduce soil buildup.
  • Get at stains quickly, 99% of all stains can be removed by one cleaning agent or another if they are cleaned in the first few days. The longer a stain reacts with the carpet the harder it will be to remove it.
  • Test carpet before spotting, extracting or scrubbing. All carpet structures are different. Some carpets are sensitive to acid type cleaning agents and will lose their color quickly. Other carpet dyes are sensitive to harsh alkaline formulated cleaners.
  • Do not overuse detergents, shampoos or spotters. Too much detergent will result in residual left in the carpet that even thorough vacuuming may not remove.
  • Scrape the spot towards the middle and then tamp the spot into the white towel or cloth using a brush or other tamping devices.
  • Do not over wet carpet. Carpet detergents are chemically active enough so they do not need any additional moisture. Over moisturizing can cause brownout and shrinking of the carpet under structure.
  • Never 'seal in' a dirty spot or stain. Either re-scrub or extract the carpet or leave the carpet until the next cleaning cycle before you seal it.

Here is an overview of the best carpet cleaning methods for cleaning large expanses of carpeted areas such as full rooms or complete homes.

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Carpet cleaning method #1:

Steam Cleaning
Steam Cleaning, also known as hot water extraction is the most common type of professional carpet cleaning method in use. Many professionals feel it is the best cleaning method for carpets. See hot water extraction below for explanation of how method works.

Carpet cleaning method #2:

Dry Cleaning
The dry carpet cleaning method utilizes chemical cleaning solutions to extract dirt. There are three dry-cleaning methods:

Dry Foam: A shampoo is applied to the carpet, allowed to dry, then vacuumed up, bringing the dirt with it.

Dry Chemical: After a cleaning solution is applied to the carpet, a machine spins a large bonnet from side to side to absorb dirt in the carpet. After the bonnet is saturated with dirt, it is replaced with a new, clean bonnet and the process continues.

Dry Compound: An absorbent mixture resembling wet sawdust is spread over the carpet. A machine brushes the mixture into the carpet to absorb the dirt. When the mixture dries, it is vacuumed out, taking the dirt with it.

Carpet cleaning method #3: Bonnet Method
Premix the Recapture encapsulating detergent with the proper amount of very hot water. Fill the appropriate spray tank with the pre-mixed detergent and pressurize the tank. Mix in small batches, this will keep the water temperature high. Vacuum the carpeted areas and remove all spots and stains prior to Bonnet cleaning.

Spray carpet bonnet with the pre-mixed solution of detergent and spray an area of carpet [10’ x 10’] with the same detergent, holding the nozzle of the sprayer at least 12" above floor surface. Allow the detergent to stay on the carpet for several minutes.

Place the floor machine with the bonnet and agitate carpet surface with floor machine and move in a left to right pattern (overlapping) and continue on. Average dry times range from 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the relative humidity in the affected area. Vacuum the carpet within 6 hours. The crystallizing technology of Recapture is designed so that the encapsulated soil could be extracted through routine vacuuming after the fact.

Carpet cleaning method #4: Extraction

Hot Water Extraction.
This carpet cleaning method is also known as steam cleaning. Hot water extraction forces a hot water based cleaning solution into the carpet under high pressure, then sucks it back out of the carpet along with the dirt.

Truck Mounted Extraction: This uses a large cleaning machine mounted on a truck or van. The water is heated to a higher temperature and is shot into the carpet at a higher velocity than is possible in portable machines.  Learn more on the Truck Mont Forums

Portable Extraction: The carpet is cleaned by a small machine using hot tap water and powered by the electricity source in the house. Typically rented to DIYers, some professionals also use portable units.

Many carpet cleaning professionals believe the truck mounted extraction is the most effective way to clean carpets. The reasoning being that the heat kills the bacteria and the extra suction power separates dirt. The size and the pull of the truck mounted extractor results in most of the water being pulled back out of carpets, leaving them damp but not wet, and able to dry much quicker.

Carpet cleaning method #5:
 The Rotovac carpet cleaning method is a unique patented cleaning method for carpets that many professionals feel is the best for superior results. The Rotovac employs a patented process of Rotary Jet Extraction. In effect, it is a powered wand that is used in place of a manual wand. The "Powerwand" has powered rotary heads. Each stainless steel rotary head has three spray jets followed by three vacuum slots. Dual high torque gear motors power the heads in a counter-rotating motion at 250 RPM to produce 1500 rotary cleaning passes per minute.

We hope that you have found this very basic introduction to the different types of carpet cleaning methods useful.

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