Just about this time in the summer, I see how dirty my berber carpet is in our den. That’s the room we enter right from the garage. And after a troop of adolescent boys comes in from baseball, basketball and general playing outside we track a lot of mud in! Add to that, this is the room where the kids entertain friends, soda and snacks are consumed and my dog likes to hang out. You get the picture. So usually in September when the house is quiet again, I bring in my favorite steam cleaner to work his magic. The place smells like lemons after he’s through and he usually tells me, two more times and this carpet will be as good as new! And he reminds me not to use any spray cleaners in the mean time. So here’s a guest post from a professional on the best way to clean your carpets. Think of carpet cleaning as a seasonal clean out and appointments for the fall and spring to keep your carpets looking good. It also gives you a chance to move furniture out & around to spruce up your rooms.
BY: Candice Hubbard
When it comes to carpet cleaning nearly all the carpet manufacturers are in agreement that the absolute best way to accomplish this task is by using hot water extraction, or what is otherwise known as “deep steam cleaning. “ Dry cleaning is usually not recommended because the results are nowhere as good.
What Is Deep Steam Cleaning?
This is a method of carpet steam cleaning that is really nothing more than the extraction of hot water, but there is a great deal of steam involved. What is called a truck-mounted hot water extraction machine uses extremely high pressure to force near boiling hot water into the carpet, and then proceeds to pull out the water, dirt, debris, etc. That essentially sums up this simple method of carpet cleaning.
One method of dry cleaning uses a dry foam or shampoo which is poured onto the carpet, given time to dry, and then, with no rinsing, pulled into a vacuum. Much dirty residue is left behind in the carpet.
Another method of dry cleaning is done by placing a large cotton bonnet on the carpet and using a buffer machine, the same one used for polishing floors, to buff the carpet. While it’s more work than dry foam, the dirt and residue are still left behind in the carpet.
Lastly there’s the absorbent powder. A moist, absorbent powder is spread throughout the carpet, left to dry and then pulled into a vacuum. Because the carpet is not rinsed, much dirt and residue are left behind, so this too is not a very thorough cleaning.
Benefits of Deep Steam Cleaning
The benefits of steam cleaning your carpet are many:
. The extremely high heat does an excellent job of eliminating bacteria, dust mites, fungus, and mold. They don’t stand a chance against this way of cleaning your carpet. This is why it is considered the healthiest manner to clean a carpet.
. There is no soapy residue left behind, provided the carpet steam cleaning is performed properly. And if you are dealing with a professional company, there is no reason that it shouldn’t be. If there is a soapy residue left behind from the detergent that is used, it will serve to attract dirt, and that will make your carpet become dirty and need to be cleaned again even sooner.
. The high-pressure steam is another advantage to this way of cleaning. It penetrates downward all the way to the base of the carpet’s fibers, thus removing dirt that is embedded there.
. The powerful vacuum system sucks up 95% of the wetness that is left behind, thus your carpet is left feeling damp to the touch, but not soaking wet.
Steam cleaning is really a fantastic way to clean your carpet. The heat involved is above 118 degrees Fahrenheit, and every 18 degrees more that it is heated doubles the cleaning strength of the cleaning agents that are used. Amazingly enough deep steam cleaning is done between 180 and 240 degrees. Another benefit of this is that it uses much less of the cleaning agents on your carpet, which makes it a much healthier choice for the environment as opposed to dry cleaning.
Candice does professional carpet cleaning in Brisbane, and carpet steam cleaning too. She owns her own carpet cleaning business and writes often about the proper methods of cleaning a carpet. Her opinions are considered expert.