You’re making the last minute preparation for a big celebration at home and it hits you. Your carpet , the traffic lanes look dull and those spots look plain ugly. You’ll just have to get them cleaned. With so many different carpet cleaning methods available today, which one should you choose? It’s not much help scouring checking the internet or yellow pages, because al the companies claim that they are the best cleaners because they have the best cleaning equipment. So how do you choose?
This short article is designed to give you a quick insight into two popular methods of cleaning carpets today and the pros and cons of each method.
This is an extremely popular method for carpet cleaners because it requires little skill from the operator, the equipment is low cost and the process is quick to perform.
It was first developed to clean light soiling from the surface of low pile commercial grade carpet , where speed and drying times are critical. If your carpets are only lightly soiled and you need them cleaned on the day of your celebrations, this method is a good choice.
A cleaning solution is lightly sprayed onto the carpet to start breaking the soil from the surface of the carpet fibers. A damp cotton bonnet is placed under a floor-scrubbing machine and rotated over the surface of the damp carpet . The bonnet agitates the carpet fibers helping to release the soils. The bonnet then absorbs the emulsified surface soiling, removing it from the carpet . When the bonnet is full of dirt it is rinsed with clean water.
Adverts for bonnet cleaning claim that your carpet will be dry in less than one hour with this process. This is quite achievable because the process uses minimum moisture. If you carpet is made from wool or has heavy soil, then this is not an ideal method to use. The agitation of the bonnet can damage wool fibers and there process does not have enough rinsing to remove heavy soiling.
Hot Water Extraction Cleaning
Hot water carpet cleaning has been around for many years and has developed to into a very sophisticated effective process. A cleaning solution is sprayed into the carpet fibers to release both surface and embedded soiling from the carpet fibers.
The cleaning solution is agitated by a scrubbing wand or machine. A rinse solution is sprayed at pressure into the carpet fibers to capture the released soiling. The dirty rinse solution is then vacuumed up into the scrubbing wand, through a pipe and into the recovery tank of the cleaning machine.
This cleaning process gives much better results than bonnet cleaning because it captures more soil and cleans deeper into the carpet . So if you have heavy soiling then this is the method to choose.
As this method is more complicated than bonnet cleaning the operator needs to be more skilled in its use and have a greater knowledge of carpets and carpet cleaning .
Until recently, the equipment was not powerful enough dry carpet as quickly as bonnet cleaning . Typically taking three to five times longer. However the introduction of truck mount carpet cleaning equipment has lead to a dramatic reduction of drying times, with the more powerful machines achieving similar drying times to bonnet cleaning.
The main reason for this improvement is the increased power of truck mount carpet cleaning machines. Portable electric machines are powered by your household electricity supply and so are limited to generating 1.5 horsepower.
Diesel, petrol or liquid petroleum gas generators power truck mount machines. Their power can range from 12 to over 60 horsepower. This increased power allows the use of hotter rinse water, vastly greater water removal. The downside for carpet cleaners is that truck mount machines cost 20 to 120 times more than bonnet equipment!
So if you have medium to heavy soiling, spots and spills, truck mount hot water extraction is the process you need to look for.