There are several methods of carpet cleaning that can be used inside a home or business. Each has merits as well as potential problems. Overall, the industry seems to be divided as to the best method of removing dirt and stains from carpets. Choosing a professional company to complete the task may be the most important decision.
Regardless of the method used, the technician may begin by using a pile brush attached to a machine. This brush removes soil and lifts the fibers. A high- powered vacuum helps to remove loose materials from the fibers. Finally, the fibers are washed using steam, foam, wet shampooing or a dry absorbent.
The steam method was developed in Canada. It can damage materials from the high temperatures used. Others may shrink due to the heat. The company sprays water heated to 150 degrees along with a detergent, forcing it into the pile. Almost immediately, the solution is removed using a powerful wet-dry vacuum.
Foam absorption uses a machine to produce foam. The foam may be applied manually or using a machine. It is worked into the pile to loosen dirt and then remove using sponges and vacuuming. It is less likely to cause shrinkage as carpets are not soaked.
Wet shampooing is the traditional method of removing dirt. Detergent solutions are applied with a rotary scrubber. The dirty water is removed using vacuums. Critics claim the loosened dirt is driven deeper into the pile and works its way back to the top later.
The dry absorbent is made to bind dirt from the fibers. It is applied to the surface and worked into the pile. Both dirt and the absorbent powder are then vacuumed from the rug.
Regular carpet cleaning can improve the life of floor covering. Regular removal of dirt helps to prevent damage to fibers by its abrasive action. The process can make carpets look new again.