How Do You Choose Between Carpet Cleaning Methods?
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It seems like there are all kinds of different ways that companies clean carpet. How do you choose between them?
There are really only two different carpet cleaning methods: Dry cleaning and hot water extraction.
First I’ll explain dry cleaning. Many people have been led to believe that dry cleaning your carpet is like dry cleaning your clothes. This is NOT true. ALL carpet cleaning methods use water in one form or another. Here are two methods of dry cleaning your carpet:
Carbonated Method: A carbonated solution is lightly applied to your carpet surface. In theory, the bubbles “explode” the dirt out of the carpet and then it is vacuumed out. This is similar to your mother in law’s soda water remedy for removing stains on clothing. Its advantage is quick dry time. However, since there is no real flushing out of the carpet, even with the new low pressure RX-20, its cleaning effectiveness on heavy, deep soiling is questionable.
Bonnet Method: Shampoo is sprayed on the carpet and then a large round cotton pad is set on your carpet. Using a rotary floor machine, the bonnet is spun around by the machine and the machine is maneuvered from side to side on the carpet. This absorbs the shampoo and dirt that it has attracted form the carpet. After the bonnet is saturated with dirt, another bonnet should replace it and so on until all the carpet has been cleaned. Bonnet cleaning is like trying to use a large towel to rub the dirt out of your carpet. This is less effective than carbonated dry cleaning. It is also carpet cleaning like a caveman. This is an ancient method that should ONLY be used for return, touch up cleaning.
The second cleaning method is called hot water extraction. This is a fancy way of saying that hot water under high pressure is applied into the carpet and then immediately sucked back out. This method is also called steam cleaning, but only because the water is so hot it creates steam. It cleans top to bottom, thoroughly cleaning the entire carpet fiber.
Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, recommends using the hot water extraction method on a regular basis. There are two different types.: Portable extraction, which is done with a small machine that plugs into your wall, or truckmount extraction which means the large cleaning machine is mounted in the truck or van and is powered by its own engine. Try it at Cleancare of Boulder.
Not surprisingly, truckmount extraction cleaning is much superior to anything else. It heats the water to very high temperature, usually 220 degrees or higher. Heat is one of THE MOST important factors in cleaning. This breaks up the dirt, bacteria and pollens. Carpet cleaning in Boulder, CO 80305 .While the carbonated method breaks up some dirt, it can’t compete to the high heat flushing action of truckmount extraction cleaning. And then a split second later, before the high pressure hot solution can settle at all into the carpet, high suction vacuum powers the dirt directly out of the carpet and your home– into the waiting truck outside.
There is NO question that the most effective way to clean carpet is with a hot water unit mounted in a truck. It is the most powerful cleaning method in the industry and the ONLY cleaning method that thoroughly cleans and flushes out the dirt, harmful bacteria, fungus, chemicals, pollens and other residue. And with today’s drying fan technology, hot water extraction companies have dry times that easily rival those of dry cleaning companies. See how we dry carpet at carpet cleaning in Boulder, CO 80305. You can easily use your carpet the same day it’s cleaned.
Outdated claims that hot water extraction stays wet for days and is unhealthy because of mold issues is fanciful and misleading. It’s slick marketing, but the claim is based on a 1990s reality. High heat, powerful flushing and powerful vacuum simply cleans better than bubbles, low flushing action and low vacuum power. It’s really pretty basic and obvious!