Carpet in a home should be cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Choosing the proper cleaning system is very important. Some systems may leave residues which accelerate re-soiling and defeats the whole purpose of cleaning. Several methods of cleaning carpet are explained below:
Bonnet cleaning uses a buffer with a bonnet on the end to clean your carpet. Cleaning solution is sprayed onto the carpet 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.
With foam cleaning, shampoo is released onto a brush that is worked into the fibers of the carpet. After the foam is applied, 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 some of the shampoo is not completely removed with vacuuming, some of it remains in the carpet. This residue will attract dirt and must be removed by hot water extraction.
With dry carpet cleaning systems, a powder solvent is sprinkled on the carpet. Then, a counter rotating brush is used to work the powder into the carpet. The final step is to 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.
Research indicates that the steam cleaning method provides the safest and most thorough carpet 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 periodically have there carpet cleaned 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, hot water extraction will provide the most thorough carpet cleaning and is the safest for your carpet. If you choose to use one of the other methods, it is suggested that you have your carpet steam cleaned periodically to remove any residue left by the other types of cleaning.
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