Carpet Cleaning Methods Pros & Cons
Every homeowner knows how vital cleaning their carpets are. You’ve decided to have your carpets professionally cleaned. However, you have to choose between different method types of carpet cleaning. The answer will be determined by which aspects of each technique are most important to you.
The five carpet cleaning methods
Bonnet (Dry Cleaning)
Hot Water Extraction (Steam Cleaning)
To industry outsiders, carpet cleaning methods might sound like a straightforward process. The truth is, nothing is ever as easy as it sounds. There are multiple method ways to approach almost any proper cleaning task. Carpet cleaning methods are no exception to the rule.
If your research has left you confused, scratching your head and wondering, what is the best commercial carpet cleaning method? Then you’re not alone. It can be hard to take in the information to determine the best clear choice for your carpet. Don’t worry Steam ‘n’ Dry Auckland Carpet Cleaning is here to help.
Steam Cleaning Carpet Cleaning Methods
Hot water steam extraction involves cleaning carpets in water. With only up to 50 Celsius steam, some carpet cleaners call this method “steam cleaning”. Hot water extraction ‘Steam Cleaning’. Thus, it is a misapplied term, for real steam is too dry and warm to clean carpet properly. In this method, the heated cleaning solution is sprayed under pressure onto the carpet and extracted with a vacuum source. The dirty solution goes in a recovery tank poured into the sanitary waste system. .Even though this technique is inferior to steam cleaning in terms of what type of cleaning it can do. The advantage of this cleaner method system is that it can flush out large amounts of soil and contaminants in the carpet. It is the most preferred carpet cleaning method by all of the major fibre producers, such as; Dupont, Monsanto, and Allied Signal, as well as the carpet manufacturers like Shaw, Mohawk, World, and Queen.
Truck-Mounted vs. Portable carpet cleaning methods
Equipment ranges from the baby machines that homeowners can rent to big. Also truck mounted machines. The latter is far more effective. Have a unique set of pros and cons.
- The long hoses that go from the truck to the operator. It means that you must leave doors or windows open. It also presents a tripping hazard.
- Hoses could be too short of reaching, especially in large buildings or high rises.
- Because the machinery mounted on a truck outside the building, there’s less noise indoors.
- Unfortunately, the sound of the truck idling in the driveway or at the roadside can upset neighbours. In certain areas, it would be against municipal by-laws.
- On the plus side of the equation, truck-mounted equipment is more efficient—both in terms of results and time needed for the cleaning process. The extra vacuum suction power helps carpets to dry out faster.
- Carpet manufacturers prefer hot water steam clean extraction cleaning because of the deep-down dirt removal. Thus, it prevents particulate abrasion that causes wear.
Portable Steam Cleaners
Professional portables. These machines are many times more powerful than residential units. The number and size of vacuum motors and pumps plus heat exchangers differentiate one from another in terms of performance. Residential/Rental. These machines are excellent for spills and maintenance of lightly soiled traffic areas. But they lack the power needed to do the deep cleaning required to get out the grit that lies deep in your carpet pile and to maintain carpet manufacturer warranties.
The most powerful machines may have two power cords to enable household circuits to cope—an excellent job result with these units. If the operator has excellent training and takes his or her time, sometimes portables are the only way the carpets in some locations cleaned.
Truck-Mounted Steam Cleaners
Truck-mounted units. These machines have large independent engines or run off the motor of the cleaning van. They can develop up to 1000 PSI (though frequently carpet is cleaned at only 500 PSI ). They also heat the water to 180 or more degrees and have very powerful vacuums.
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These machines are expensive, but they can leave the carpets drier in many cases when used correctly. Typically, this type of hot water extraction machine should give improved results as well as decrease time on the job.
Dry Foam Carpet Cleaning Method
Dry Compound Carpet Cleaning Method
The compound isn’t altogether dry, but it dissolves and attracts grime. After it has been agitated into the carpet, cost-effective carpet cleaners Auckland, and get free disinfect sanitising service for good indoor health. It is left to dry before being sucked away with an industrial vacuum cleaner. Although this system might sound straightforward, it has its own set of complications.
Encapsulation Dry Power Methods
Encapsulation uses detergent polymer chemistry to bind dirt to their molecules, forming tiny crystals. Early attempts at encapsulation formulations were problematic. With this method, a dry product, that been soaked with a solvent chemical) is broadcast over the area to cleaned. Then either a solution brush or rotating brush is used to force the dry cleaning product in contact with the soil. After the carpet dries, which is surprisingly fast, thorough vacuuming is required to remove the solutions and loosened stains and soil. This steam method has the fastest drying times of all carpet cleaning methods and has the advantage of being able to be walked on almost immediately after cleaning. With carpets becoming rapidly re-soiled after cleaning because any residues left behind would continue to attract dirt.
Generally, this requires an additional day before vacuuming has recently become an accepted method. That’s for commercial and residential carpet maintenance.
Shampooing is the use of a motorised circular brush in which foaming cleaning products are introduced to the surface of the carpet scrubbed into the carpet. This method has great agitation best suited for low pile commercial carpet or small cut pile carpet that is highly soiled.
Dry- Chem Bonnet
Using this type of system requires considerable skill. First, the operator applies a mist of detergent to the bonnet. In this type of carpet cleaning method sometimes referred to as ‘Dry Cleaning’, the cleaning solution (sometimes mixed with dry-chem carbonated water) is misted onto the carpet in the form of a spray—next, a circular rotating buffer with an absorbent pad attached over the carpet. The soil stains attach itself to the pad, and the padding changed with a clean one after becoming soiled dirty. This method has the advantage of drying fast because of the small amount of moisture used. Now, the bonnet, a type of round buffer pad, picks up the dirt. Cleaners must master several tricks.
Dry Foam Cleaning
Foam is never completely dry. This type of carpet cleaning is perfect for water-sensitive fabrics that can’t clean with hot water extraction. This method is very similar to shampooing carpets; in that, it relies on the aggressive agitation of the brushing action, which is usually counter-rotating cylindrical brushes. Steam ‘n’ Dry Auckland Carpet Cleaning could say that they are “drier” instead. Once again, the proper cleaning machine for the job is a must. The foam is applied then immediately vacuumed out yet.
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Auckland Steam’ n’ Dry Owner Graeme Stephens wrote this article. An IICRC master restoration Technician 2001, with over 32 years of upholstery and carpet cleaning in Auckland services experience. Updated:27th May 2020
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