Carpet Cleaning Methods for Residential and Commercial Cleaning

When you have carpet in your home, you know that it requires regular vacuum and cleaning for the removal of stains, sand, soil, mites and allergens. This is not just a cosmetic cleaning but is a health necessity for your family. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, also known as IICRC, is the certifying institute that sets the standards for actual carpet cleaning and all fabric cleaning.

There are five methods accepted, which divides in two categories: Dry cleaning and wet cleaning. These methods are:


Dry cleaning methods are usually performed by specialized machines combined with cleaning compounds and absorbent powders. The technical term for this method is VLM or very low moisture. Their rapid drying feature makes them a good option for 24hrs facilities.

One method used is Dry Compound. This compound is usually spread evenly all over the carpet and worked in with a manual brush or rotating machine. This compound works like magnet to attract soil. It is left on carpet for like 15 minutes and then vacuumed.

The bonnet cleaning method uses a pad (bonnet) under a rotating machine and a mix of club soda and favorite detergent or cleaning solution. The pad absorbs all the dirt and it should be changed as soon as it get dirty. This is the “dry” called method that has longer drying time.

Encapsulation is the name of one of the newest dry cleaning methods. It relies on the use of polymers that are sprayed down on the carpet. These polymers work like sponges that absorbs and encapsulates the dirt, which is vacuumed away in a short period of time.


The wet shampoo method used to be the most popular carpet cleaning method. The shampoo was spread over the carpet and scrubbed with a rotary machine. Since no rinse was performed, this method leaves a lot of residue over the carpet that can be sticky or foamy and would attract dirt on the carpet pretty soon.

The Hot water extraction is the preferred and most through out method. This involves the application of cleaning solutions on your carpet. Then it is left for a period of time to dissolve the dirt, spot and stains, helped by a scrubbing method. After that the carpet is rinsed with a cleaning tool using pressurized and hot water and performing the proper extraction at the same time. The pressure is accurately set to make sure your carpet is rinsed well and combined with the powerful extraction, avoids over wetting your carpet and gives the less possible drying time. This is the method preferred for major carpet manufactures for the maintenance of the carpets and in order to keep the warranty of them should be performed at least two times a year.

Source by Alberto Rivero

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