Carpet Cleaning Methods
What carpet cleaning method is best?
Carpets, rugs, upholstery and other fabrics and textiles come in all different types and sizes. Each material has special properties that require unique cleaning techniques and solutions.
Our professional carpet cleaners have the expertise, years of experience and advanced equipment to know what would work best for your home or office. Our pros know how to handle all kinds of situations from tough stains to odours to water damage.
We also have specialized tools like UV lights to spot pet stains or other non-visible stains. You know you’ll be in good hands when you hire one of our technicians at Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros.
Our number one priority is you, the customer. We work hard to ensure that you can see and smell a significant difference in your air quality and cleanliness of your carpets and upholstery after we leave.
1. Steam Cleaning Carpet:
Hot water soil extraction, or more commonly referred to as Steam Cleaning, is the most effective at removing over 90% of dirt and bacteria that get embedded into your carpet and upholstery fibers.
It is the most common professional carpet cleaning technique used. So what is involved with steam cleaning carpets?
Contrary to what the name implies, it doesn’t actually involve steam. This cleaning technique involves high pressured hot water being pumped through a powerful hose system to agitate the carpet and dissolve the dirt that gets embedded deep in your carpet fibers.
The hot water also kills bacteria, dust mites and fungus, the leading cause of allergens in your home.
What to expect when your carpets are steam cleaned:
Our pros will apply a cleaning agent on the soiled surface to pre-condition the carpets in order to loosen dirt and stains. Some agitation of the carpet with a brush may occur for the particularly tough stains, followed by rinsing.
A high-pressured hose that is hooked up to the truck outside will spray extremely hot water to rinse away the dirt, bacteria and residue. Immediately after, they will extract the mixture of water and cleaning solution from the carpets with a vacuum into a holding tank back in the truck.
The exhaust and dirty air will also be sucked out of your home, leaving nothing behind but a clean fresh carpet that will dry in a few hours.
We would advise scheduling your carpets to be cleaned late in the afternoons so that the carpets can be left to dry overnight.
2. Dry Cleaning Carpet:
Dry extraction carpet cleaning is an effective cleaning method that uses a cleaning compound or powder to absorb and dissolve dirt in the carpets so they can be easily vacuumed up and removed at the end of the cleaning process.
It is a convenient carpet cleaning method because it doesn’t require drying time and is usually recommended for commercial offices that need to operate 24 hours a day with minimal disruptions.
What to expect when your carpets are cleaned using the dry method:
Chemical mixtures or compounds are sprayed onto the carpets to bond with dirt and grime. A motorized counter rotating brush machine is used to thoroughly open up the carpet fibres so that the compounds can absorb the dirt stuck deep in the carpets.
The compound will turn into a crystalized powder which is then vacuumed up. This method allows you to immediately walk on your carpets as no drying time is needed after it’s been cleaned.
3. Bonnet cleaning:
This carpet cleaning process only cleans the top part of the carpet fibres. It is a popular quick fix solution for high traffic public areas like hotel lobbies because it cleans without much moisture and dries quickly so as not to cause too much inconvenience to people in these high-use areas.
Bonnet cleaning is considered an interim maintenance method as it does not provide a deep clean that all carpets still need to undergo at least once every 6-12 months.
What to expect when your carpets are bonnet cleaned:
A rotary shampoo machine with a cleaning pad that’s been soaked in a cleaning solution is used to buff or polish the carpeted areas. The carpet is agitated by the movement of the machine and dirt is dislodged and is grabbed by the cleaning pad.
4. Foam Encapsulation:
Encapsulation (or encap as it’s commonly referred to) is a low moisture method of carpet cleaning that uses a special encap detergent that is typically run through a scrubbing machine and scrubbed into the carpet. Once the solution dries, it will crystalize into a powder which can then be vacuumed up.
Encapsulation, like bonnet cleaning, is considered an interim maintenance technique as the technology is limited in its ability to give a really deep clean like you would get with the hot water extraction method.
5. Shampooing carpet:
This is the most popular do-it-yourself (DIY) method for home owners who want to do their own “deep clean” of their carpets.
There are a variety of different carpet shampoos available in the market. You should select one that is most suitable for your type of carpet and be sure to use the right amount and follow the directions on the label.
Using the wrong shampoo or the wrong amount could result in discolouring your carpets, or at worst, damaging them beyond repair.
What to expect when your carpets are shampooed:
Shampoo is applied directly to the carpet to form a foaming substance. Dirt is attracted to the foam and once the solution dries it becomes brittle and is easily vacuumed up with a regular vacuum cleaner.
This is the easiest method to do yourself because it does not require a professional to come to your house. However, if not done right, you could encounter things like too much wet foam that takes a long time to dry, or a sticky residue left on your carpet because no rinsing was done after the shampoo.
At Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros, we are passionate about carpet & upholstery cleaning.