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5 Professional Carpet Cleaning Methods

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A professional carpet and rug cleaning company has several ways of making sure that your carpet is spotless, and knowing how each option works is essential to getting the best deal. In some situations, a simple cleaning option will do the job just fine at a lower price, while in others, you will need to use a more powerful method. Here are five of the most common professional carpet cleaning techniques.

1. Hot Water Extraction Cleaning

professional-carpet-cleaning-downers-groveThis method is also known as steam carpet cleaning, and it works by using hot water under high pressure to break down the dirt inside the carpet fibers. The method is fairly straightforward. The contractor will apply a cleaning agent to the carpet and will let it settle for a few minutes. This is followed by the cleaning itself, which can take about 2 hours for a 3000 sq. ft. carpet. Once the washing is complete, the carpet is rinsed and left to dry. The carpet in our example will take about 4 hours to completely dry at room temperature. Some contractors recommend this cleaning process in the evening so that the carpet can be left to dry overnight.

2. Carpet Shampooing

This is one of the less popular methods on our list. As the name suggests, shampoo is used to clean heavily soiled carpets, and while it is effective at thoroughly cleaning almost any carpet, the main disadvantage is that a lot of wet foam residue is left behind. Without rinsing, this residue becomes sticky when it is dry, and the carpet often becomes soiled again in a much shorter period of time.

3. Encapsulation

Encapsulation is a method that uses synthetic detergents to clean a carpet. The detergents are applied as a fluid or foam at first, and they will infiltrate the fibers and surround the dirt and debris. After a while, the foam dries up and becomes a powder which encapsulates the debris. At this point, all you have to do is vacuum the carpet and the job is complete. As you can tell, this technique is very similar to carpet shampooing. However, it uses much less water, and the drying time is much quicker. It is also more environmentally friendly. One thing to note is that this method sometimes struggles to clean carpets that are heavily soiled.

4. Bonnet Cleaning

This is mostly a surface cleaning method. It targets the top part of the fibers with a machine that uses a spinning pad in order to absorb essentially all of the dirt from the surface of the carpet. It is a very popular solution for hotels because it provides a fast and thorough method of cleaning high foot traffic areas without using too much moisture. Obviously, the downside of this method is that it does not clean the carpets at a deeper level. It also tends to push dirt and cleaning chemicals deeper into the carpet, causing issues further down the line if the carpets do not receive a deeper cleaning on a regular basis.

5. Dry Carpet Cleaning

Dry carpet cleaning is somewhat similar to the encapsulation method in that the professional cleaner will use a chemical substance that enters the carpet and “sponges” all the dirt and debris, leaving a dry, solid residue that can be easily removed. The difference is that this cleaning method acts at a much deeper level of the carpet, and it provides a more thorough cleaning. This is due to the fact that the substance is applied using a machine, which opens up the carpet fiber.

If you are interested in learning more about your options for professional carpet cleaning in Downers Grove, contact us today and we will be glad to assist you. For years, we have been the most trusted carpet cleaning company in the Downers Grove area.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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