Carpets require regular upkeeps – opposite of the common belief. Apart from being an integral part of any home, they are common in retail and business environments. Dirty footprints, odors, and unidentifiable stains are all very common to find on carpets that do not have a regular scheduled clean. It is important to clean these stains and dirt to keep your carpet as good as new.
There are different methods professionals use to clean carpets:
- Steam Cleaning – Steam cleaning is good enough for most carpets and is the most common method used by professional cleaners.It’s completed using a portable machine which can also be truck mounted if it’s a larger model.Many carpet manufacturers recommend steam cleaning as the preferred method of carpet cleaning.The steam cleaning method helps to get rid of the carpets of deeply fixed stains and drags out the life of the carpet. There is a four-step process involved in steam cleaning carpets:
- They vacuum the carpet to pick up as much dirt and dust as possible before the deep clean.
- They spray a chemical solution onto the carpet and is left for a while to sink in and target tough stains.
- With a high-pressure jet hose, they spray water into the carpet.
- The hot water is vacuumed out of the carpet, using a powerful vacuum.
- Dry Cleaning – When we talk about dry cleaning, it uses the similar process used in steam cleaning, but in dry cleaning, they use a lot less water. It’s not technically dry because the process still uses water extraction, dry cleaning focuses more on the strong chemicals used to target stains and marks on the carpet in the second phase of the process. Dry cleaning can also be referred as surface cleaning because it does not clean as deep as steam cleaning, it is used mostly for the regular cleaning and maintenance.
- Bonnet Cleaning – Bonnet cleaning is a very common form of dry cleaning for carpets as it doesn’t require the use of heavy equipment like steam cleaning and is the most preferred and used form of dry cleaning. The process of bonnet cleaning is quite simple:
- The carpet is vacuumed to remove excess dirt and dust from the surface.
- A cleaning agent is applied to the cleaner’s pad also known as a bonnet.
- The cleaner pad it is rubbed along the carpet, which transfers the dirt from the carpet onto the pad.
- Vacuum the carpet once the entire area is covered by the cleaner.
Professional cleaners often have the preference as to which method they use to clean carpets, which they should discuss with you. They often use the steam cleaning method, which performs the deepest clean and gives the best results. A good and experienced professional cleaning company should follow certain steps to ensure effective cleaning. These are:
- Carpet analysis
- Check carpet material and type of stain
- Check Age of carpet
They often select the right cleaning method based on the analysis of carpet and stains. Selection of right cleaning method ensures that the carpet fibers are not damaged while cleaning and stain removal. Right cleaning method is crucial to effective cleaning and long life of your carpet.