5 Types of Carpet Cleaning Techniques
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5 Types of Carpet Cleaning Techniques

Postby jems34 » Thu May 17, 2018 5:52 am

This explanation of the 5 Types of Carpet Cleaning Techniques that experts perform on your carpets should help you determine if you’re getting your money’s worth every time you have your carpet cleaned.
1. Dry Powder Cleaning

Dry powder cleaning involves a technique called “the host system”. In this technique, a soft, natural cleaning product is combined with a small amount of water, detergent, and a safe-to-use solvent. This mixture is then sprinkled onto the carpet, creating clumps that look like pieces of sawdust. These clumps then act like micro-sponges that dissolve and absorb dirt. Later, the clumps are vacuumed out to reveal a cleaner carpet surface.

Dry powder cleaning is not considered a deep-cleaning method since it just removes dirt from the surface of a carpet. It is a maintenance-cleaning technique appropriate only for commercial use.
2. Encapsulation Cleaning

In encapsulation cleaning, the carpet is first vacuumed before encapsulating chemical is applied. Afterwards, the carpet is placed into a rotary agitation machine, which allows encapsulating chemical to isolate the dirt on the carpet, allowing the isolated dirt to then be vacuumed. This process is repeated every day for up to a week.

Similar to dry-powder cleaning, encapsulation cleaning is a maintenance-cleaning technique appropriate only for commercial use.

Click here to see a video of encapsulation cleaning.
3. Bonnet Cleaning (Dry Cleaning)

Bonnet cleaning, more popularly known as “dry cleaning“, is very similar to encapsulation cleaning, except that self-neutralising detergent is used in place of encapsulation chemical. Also, rather than vacuuming the dirt out after the carpet goes through the agitation machine, bonnet cleaning involves pad-drying, which allows for the absorption of dirt.

Similar to dry-powder and encapsulation cleaning, bonnet cleaning is also just a maintenance-cleaning technique appropriate only for commercial use.
4. Warm / Hot Water Extraction

Warm / hot water extraction involves cleaning carpets in water with temperatures of only up to 100 degrees Celsius. Some carpet cleaners call this method “steam cleaning” even though this technique is actually inferior to steam cleaning in terms of what type of cleaning it can do.

Warm / Hot Water Extraction is better than the maintenance-cleaning techniques because the hot temperature can kill germs and bacteria. However, the lower water temperature used in this type of cleaning makes it inferior to genuine professional steam cleaning.
5. Professional Steam Cleaning

Professional steam cleaning involves cleaning carpets in water with temperatures above 100 degrees Celsius, with superior machines allowing water to reach temperatures of up to 150 degrees Celsius.

To understand just how superior professional steam cleaning is to warm/hot water extraction, take note that every 10 degrees Celsius above 60 degrees result in 100% more cleaning power. Therefore, professional steam cleaning done at 150 degrees Celsius has 500% more cleaning power than even the best warm/hot water extraction procedure.

It’s very clear that professional steam cleaning is superior to all other carpet cleaning techniques, even to hot/warm water extraction. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous carpet cleaners will claim that they perform steam cleaning, when in truth, they’re only doing hot/warm water extraction.
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