The carpet cleaning methods that are right for your home will depend on a variety of factors such as whether you have children and/or pets, how much foot traffic there is on the carpet, and if anyone living in the home has allergies. The cleaning method should also be compatible with the carpet material. When cleaning your carpet you can do it yourself or hire a professional service. A professional cleaner has the equipment and knowledge of how to give your carpets a deep cleaning.
Professional cleaning services generally offer their customers four methods of cleaning residential homes, which include:
• Carpet shampooing-this method of cleaning your carpet is the least effective one. Special detergents will be applied to your carpet and a machine will agitate the detergent into the carpet to help loosen the dirt. It will then be extracted by using a vacuum cleaner after the carpet has dried.
You will also need to stay off the carpet until it has dried so no dirt from shoes and bare feet is ground into the wet carpet. These different detergents contain deodorizers and brighteners that will leave your carpets smelling good and look nice. Unfortunately, much of the microbes and dirt will still be in the carpet and will reappear later.
• Dry cleaning-this is the preferable method to use for carpet cleaning services. This is because there is no need for you to wait for the carpet to become dry before walking on it. The carpet will be covered with a special cleaning powder. This powder is designed to attract dirt just like a magnet and once the powder is worked into your carpet, it will be thoroughly vacuumed.
• Foam cleaning-this method is a cross between dry cleaning and shampooing. You will only need to use a minimal amount of water, unlike shampooing. The foam detergent will attract and adhere to the dirt on the carpet. After the foam has worked into the carpet, you will vacuum the carpet. This will extract most of the dirt, water, and detergent.
• Steam cleaning-this type of cleaning service is also referred to as hot water extraction. It is the most effective method to clean your carpets. When a professional service uses this method, they will use a powerful machine to inject a solution of detergent and hot water into your carpet.
While the mixture is being put into the carpet, the machine’s rotating brushes are cleaning it by loosening the microbes and dirt. It is then powerfully extracted into the machine’s waste tank. Your carpet will smell and look like new but the important thing is that this machine removed as much of the microbes and soil as possible.