Carpet Cleaning Methods

There are several carpet cleaning methods to choose from, and knowing how each procedure works will help you achieve a cleaner, healthier carpet. Carpet manufacturers recommend having your carpet cleaned for health first and appearance second. Your carpet is a catch-all for dust and allergens that accumulate within the carpet pile. In fact it is said that carpet is the largest filter in your home! Choosing a carpet cleaning method that best removes the soil and allergens is key to cleaner, healthier carpet.

SteamDry Carpet Cleaning

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SteamDry, our preferred method of carpet cleaning, combines the benefits of both steam carpet cleaning and dry carpet cleaning without their drawbacks. SteamDry cleans carpet fibers twice, both wet and dry, using up to 70% less water than steam carpet cleaning. This ensures your carpet pad stays dry to avoid carpet mold. While the carpet is still moist, we then scrub the fibers using dry absorbent pads to further remove additional moisture and soils. SteamDry is the best carpet cleaning method because it deep cleans your carpet with a two to four hour dry time. 

Steam Carpet Cleaning

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Hot Water Extraction (Steam Carpet Cleaning) – This carpet cleaning method essentially flash-floods your carpet with extremely hot water while simultaneously extracting the moistened soils with a powerful vacuum. Most carpet manufacturers recommend a professional steam carpet cleaning every 12 to 18 months to maintain factory warranty. Recent problems with steam carpet cleaning includes over-wetting carpet fibers and padding, which can lead to carpet mold. Choosing the right carpet cleaning company is critical when wanting your carpet steam cleaned. Note: Steam is not actually used during the process. Hot mist water appears as steam because of the jets uses during the process. 

Dry Carpet Cleaning

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Bonnet Carpet Cleaning – (Dry Cleaning, Low Moisture or Very Low Moisture) – Bonnet carpet cleaning is widely used as an interim carpet cleaning method between regular cleaning services. The method involves pre-spraying carpeting with a cleaning solution then using a rotary floor machine with a spinning disc to transfer soils from the carpet pile to the cleaning bonnet. Bonnet carpet cleaning is mainly effective in commercial settings where the carpet pile is thin. In residential settings, carpet pile is typically thicker, which results in only a top surface cleaning. the bonnet method is usually not recommended fo r residential carpet cleaning.

Dry Foam Carpet Cleaning

Dry Foam Method (Dry Cleaning) – The dry foam method uses mechanical brushes to brush in shampooing detergents, which are then removed with a wet vacuum.  A chemical process called encapsulation crystallizes any remaining soils which are then removed through subsequent dry vacuuming.  While the dry foam method is known as dry cleaning, it does include moisture but at a lesser amount.

Dry Compound Carpet Cleaning

Dry Compound Cleaning – This method involves pre-misting the carpet fibers before brushing in cellulose powder. The cellulose powder is more absorbing than the carpet fibers so soil particulates stick to it as opposed to the fibers. Once the carpet is completely dry, the cellulose powder is dry vacuumed out of the carpet along with the soils sticking to it. 

Shampoo Carpet Cleaning

Shampoo Cleaning Method – Similar to the dry foam method, the shampoo carpet cleaning method involves more moisture and an extra defoaming step to help with the extraction of soils with a wet vacuum. Remaining soils and detergent residue is then dry vacuumed out of the carpet through the encapsulating process described earlier.