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Best Carpet Cleaning Methods

In addition to frequent vacuuming, cleaning your carpet on a regular basis is very important in
prolonging the life of your carpet. Periodic carpet cleaning will remove the oily, sticky soil that vacuums
can't remove, and will help keep your carpet looking great over time. Carpet in a home should be cleaned
every 12 to 18 months, depending on the number of residents and the amount of foot traffic. Choosing
the proper cleaning system is very important. Some systems may leave residues which accelerate re-soiling
and defeats the whole purpose of cleaning. The two most common types of carpet cleaning are steam cleaning,
also known as hot water extraction, and bonnet cleaning. Although these are the most common type of carpet cleaning,
there are actually several other methods of cleaning carpet. Each of these are explained below:

DRY FOAM

With this method of cleaning, shampoo is released onto a brush that is worked into the fibers of the carpet. After the foam application, an hour or two must pass to let the foam dry. Then the area is vacuumed to remove the dirt. This method can be used as part of an ongoing maintenance program in between steam cleanings. Since all of the shampoo is not competely removed with vacuuming, some of it stays in the carpet. This residue will attract dirt and must be removed by hot water extraction.

ABSORBANT PAD

Bonnet cleaning uses a buffer with a bonnet on the end to clean your carpet. Cleaning solution is sprayed onto the floor and then the bonnet is rotated across the floor using the buffer. The bonnet will begin to get soiled as it moves across the carpet. This means that it is beginning to remove dirt from the carpet. Once the bonnet is thoroughly soiled, a new bonnet is used. After the cleaning, the carpet should be vacuumed once the carpet is dry. Drying time is usually 30 minutes to an hour. This method cleans carpet fairly well, but will leave a residue behind, since the cleaning solution is not completely removed.

DRY COMPOUND

With the dry system, you first sprinkle a powder solvent on the carpet. The powder is left on the carpet for about 15 minutes. Then, a counter rotating brush machine is used to work the solvent into the carpet. Your final step is vacuum the powder and the accumulated dirt out of the carpet. With dry cleaning there is no drying time since water is not used in the cleaning. This method will leave a powder residue that will eventually begin to attract dirt and soil. If this method is used, you should also have your carpet steam cleaned periodically to remove any residue.

HOT WATER EXTRACTION

Research indicates that the hot water extraction method provides the safest and most thorough cleaning. The process consists of applying a cleaning solution to the carpet and using hot water to extract the used solution and soil.  The best way to have this method done is from a truck-mounted unit outside the home with only the hose and wand brought inside. One of the largest carpet manufacturers, Shaw, requires that homeowners be able to show proof of periodic cleaning by hot water extraction (steam cleaning), using equipment that is certified under the Carpet and Rug Institute's Seal of Approval. Of all the cleaning methods described, steam cleaning will provide the most thorough cleaning and is the safest for your carpet. If you choose to use a different cleaning method, it is suggested that you have your carpet steam cleaned periodically to remove any residue left by the other methods.

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