There are several misconceptions about carpet cleaning, because people don’t know enough about the different methods. Two of the most popular methods are hot water extraction and dry cleaning. Both methods have benefits and disadvantages which will leave you to decide which one to go for. Professional cleaners can also help you in making your decision, but you should at least know what they are talking about.
Here are the pros and cons of these cleaning methods to help you decide which option would be best for your carpet.
Hot water extraction, which is another term for steam cleaning, is a process where hot water and detergent are injected into the carpet and then vacuumed to suck out all the moisture, dirt, and detergent. The equipment used can be portable or mounted on a truck. Truck-mounted equipment can extract up to 95% of the water in the carpet, but if you live in a high-rise building, the portable cleaning equipment is your best option.
Hot water extraction is mostly recommended by carpet manufacturing experts. The combination of detergent and extremely high temperature is very good for eliminating the fungi and bacteria on the carpet that are detrimental to one’s health. This method is what is recommended by carpet manufacturers.
If the technician is not very well-experienced, he can put too much water without cleaning it well and the excess moisture can lead to bacterial and fungal growth. This process may also cause the carpet to take a longer time drying which can last between 12 to 24 hours. The best cleaning companies, however, have perfected the process and take only an average of about 4 hours pr less to dry.
Pros and cons of dry cleaning method
Dry cleaning is done by taking a mixture of solvents and cleaning agents, sprinkling this on the carpet and then using equipment with counter-rotating brushes to spread the mixture into the fibres of the carpet. The powder will absorb the dirt on the carpet and it will be left to set between 10 to 15 minutes before using a vacuum to draw everything out.
This is a very simple method and the technician does not need to have a lot of experience. Since it takes only a few minutes to dry, you can use the carpet again in less than 30 minutes.
There is a possibility that not all of the powder will be drawn out and it can accumulate over time which could lead to the build-up of excessive dust in your household. The carpets resoil quicker and you need to clean them sooner. If you need deep cleaning for your carpet, this is not the recommended method.
These are the pros and cons of hot water extraction and dry cleaning. For a thorough deep clean, hot water extraction is the best method recommended by experts and carpet manufacturers. For more information, you can always call us. We give you the best carpet cleaning service plus other cleaning services you may need.