Carpet cleaning is not an easy task, especially if you are doing it for the first time. One of the biggest issues with DIY carpet cleaning is that the floor takes too long to dry, as the machines being used are not powerful enough to extract all the water. This is why dry cleaning methods have gained more popularity.
Carpets grace many homes and offices, which makes it necessary to use the most effective cleaning methods. With a myriad of equipment, products and techniques at your disposal, you need to find a routine that works for you.
Before you choose any one method, keep in mind that the carpet being cleaned and the cleaning operatives skills largely determine what cleaning method and equipment will be used. For example, if the room features carpet tiles, it is recommended to use either a rotary machine that dry-cleans or a hot water extraction machine that cleans by using water and steam.
When it comes to comparing dry cleaning and hot water extraction methods, the latter wins hands down.
Dry Carpet Cleaning
Dry carpet cleaning methods are more suited to large, commercial carpets. You can also dry clean delicate carpets, such as wool. However, the rotary machines need conscientious operators who will ensure that the cleaning pads are replaced regularly and the cleaning products are completely absorbed from the carpet. However, trying to get all the cleaning products from the carpet fibres is no easy task, even to the most experienced cleaners. You can watch videos online that will show you how difficult it is to clean a domestic carpet using dry cleaning methods.
Hot Water Extraction or Steam Carpet Cleaning
This method is commonly referred to as hot water extraction. It is deemed to be the most effective cleaning method, though this does depend on the quality and power of the machine in use. This method involves the spraying of hot water cleaning solution on the carpet. The cleaning solution dissolves the grime on the carpet fibres and is then sucked up via the vacuum system.
The best thing about this cleaning method is that it uses hot water (in addition to other cleaning agents) to remove allergens, bacteria, dirt and stains. It is considered the best cleaning method for upholstery and carpets. Depending on the machine used, the cleaning process is usually quick and hassle free. Additionally, the area being cleaned should dry quite quickly, which is vital as people will soon need to start walking all over it again.
A Word of Caution
Hot water extraction cleaning involves the use of powerful, expensive machines. This means that they need an experienced operative to control it. Therefore, when hiring a cleaner, make sure you are aware of their experience. Additionally, always hire cleaners who have a high level of public liability insurance.