Carpet Steam Cleaning vs. Other Cleaning Methods – Which is Better?
If your carpets are in need of a good cleaning, you should hire a professional carpet steam cleaner. Depending on the condition of your carpet, a professional might use shampoo or steam to clean the carpet. There is quite a difference between steam cleaning and shampooing a carpet and a pro will offer you the best advice on which method is best for your carpet.
Shampooing is probably the oldest method of cleaning carpets and is very effective at removing heavily soiled and stained carpets. A good carpet shampoo should generate a thick lather of foam if it is to effectively remove dirt, Dirt particles adhere to carpet fibers with a static electric charge, and the shampoo serves to break the bond and loosen the dirt. But, shampooing has certain dis-advantages, because the sticky soap residue left after the cleaning sometimes actually attracts more dirt which is counter productive. Some shampoos also use brighteners which over time have a yellow effect.
Dry cleaning consists of a cleaning method without water. The main ingredient consists of a dry cleaning compound containing moisture, absorbent, detergent and solvent. The cleaning powder is sprinkled, then the moisture dissolves the soil which then mixes with the solvent and detergent. The mixture is attracted and absorbed by the absorbent which is then vacuumed.
Carpet steam cleaning dis-lodges dirt by blasting hot water/steam through the carpet. When the dirt has been dislodged, the accumulated water and dirt is vacuumed. Steam cleaning also removes mildew spores and mold.
Carpet steam cleaning is the most through cleaning you can possibly get. Opposed to other cleaning methods such as dirt cleaning or shampooing you actually know where the dirt goes. It leaves the house and rolls away in the truck. The steam cleaning advantage is no soapy residue after wards!
So how does it really work?
1. Carpet is examined and pre-treated with the appropriate solutions.
2. If heavy soiled areas need to be scrubbed , it is scrubbed.
3. The pre-conditioners are allowed a reasonable dwell time to break down soils and stains.
4. The most important process is the hot water rinse. The 180-280 degree water is sprayed and instantly extracted. This process flushes dirt out and removes it from your home completely and the heat leaves your carpet naturally sanitized and leaves virtually no residue.
5. Finally your carpet is groomed with a carpet rake to life the pile and provide efficient dry times.
6. When truck mounted units are used you higher heat and only the hoses and wand are brought into your home. And dry time is cut to around 2 hours.