How to Choose the Right Carpet Cleaning Method
carpet cleaning methods

Carpet cleaning is important not only to maintain a nice and clean look of your home environment, but also to protect your family’s health. Carpets accommodate a number of germs and bacteria we carry from the outside. And if you have young children, it’s likely your carpet has tasted the majority of food you serve. There are various carpet cleaning methods, appropriate for different type of carpets and circumstances. In this article, we’ll help you choose the right carpet cleaning method for you.  

Dry Cleaning Method with an Absorbent Detergent

One of the most common carpet cleaning methods is dry cleaning with absorbent detergent. It works by spreading powder mixed with special solvents and agents through the carpet using a machine. The machine has counter-routing brushes, which allows the cleaning agents reach the fibres of the carpet. This way the stains, dirt and soils are properly treated. The mixture should stay on the carpet for about 15 minutes before it is vacuumed.

Main Benefit: Very quick drying – no more than 20 minutes before the carpet can be used as normal.

Main Downfall: Unsuitable for plush pile carpets and people with dust allergies.

Dry Cleaning Method with Foam or a Rotary Shampoo

Not much of a difference between this carpet cleaning method and the first one, except here we use foam. This method still requires a carpet cleaning machine to apply the foam. It needs to sit on the surface for a while, before it is vacuumed away with the dirt and debris from the carpet. 

Main Benefit: Easy to apply, minimal moisture, therefore quick to dry.

Main Downfall: Cannot achieve deep soil extraction and kill bacteria and germs

Bonnet Carpet Cleaning 

The Bonnet carpet cleaning method involves the use of an absorbent pad. It is the most common method for routine carpet cleaning. The good news is, it can be done by anyone without professional knowledge and skills. First, you need to vacuum the carpet and then apply a chemical solution with an electric sprayer. The development time is 15-30 min. After that, the moisture and the dirt can absorbed with the bonnet (absorbent pad).

Main Benefit: Quick, easy and inexpensive

Main Downfall: Unsuitable for deep cleaning and may be harmful to people with allergies to cleaning chemicals.

Wet Cleaning 

Most professional carpet cleaning providers work with the wet cleaning method. The main reason for this choice is that most manufacturers also recommend it. It allows high temperatures, pressure and strong chemicals.

Main benefit: Most efficient cleaning to the deepest parts of the carpet.

Main Downfall: Long drying time and high cost.

Steam Cleaning 

A newer, but very efficient carpet cleaning method is with steam. It is natural, eco-friendly and does not involve the use of any chemicals. The downfall is that it dampens the carpet and it may require a longer time to dry. That said, it kills 99% of the germs and bacteria dwelling in the fibres of your carpet.

Main Benefit: Ideal for people with allergies or respiratory conditions.

Main Downfall: Some stains may require additional cleaning.


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