Carpets are without a doubt, are one of the most interesting items that you can find inside any home. Besides providing your living room floor ample covering and insulation from a dirty floor, they also provide an aesthetic touch that adds a sense of beauty to every home, no matter how large or small a house may be. But, there are some draw backs to having a carpet around the house, as it does accumulate a lot of dirt and grime over a period of time, even though you tend to regularly clean it by using the best vacuum for hardwood floors or carpets for that matter, as it will always leave something behind. Carpet cleaning techniques had been developed through the years as it aims to improve methods completely cleaning and restoring the natural beauty and luster of your precious carpets. Methods which involve the partial or complete removal of dirt, grit, sand and stains, including allergens as well. Traditional and modern methods are being used by carpet manufacturers in finding out the most effective means of completely cleaning your carpets and maintaining it’s natural beauty all at the same time, prolonging the life of your carpets.
Hot Water Carpet Cleaning:
Although there is already a method called “steam cleaning”, it has in fact been mis-identified with “hot water carpet cleaning”, as both are completely different from one another. Hot water carpet cleaning involves the use of pre-heated water that is sprayed into the carpet fibers to loosen any sort of dirt and debris that have been embedded over a long period of time, making it quite difficult for conventional cleaning methods such as manual hand brushing and vacuum cleaning to remove these particulates. The use of hot water softens out the carpet fibers, allowing it to naturally excrete deeply seated dirt and debris, which now can be extracted by the use of suction from a vacuum cleaner. The water in itself flushes out dirt effortlessly as some modern day vacuum cleaners have a combination of wet and dry cleaning system built into themselves.
The additional use of cleaning detergents such as carpet shampoos and other related cleaning chemicals can effectively remove the toughest stains, provided that you evaluate it’s cleaning capabilities as not to over clean your carpet, causing your carpet’s colors to fade out. Another drawback on the use of wet and dry vacuum cleaning systems is the amount of fluid that your carpet retains, even though it has been completely extracted, it may pose a problem in regards to the propagation of molds and mildew. Moisture retention in carpets are the main cause of foul odors that is caused when moisture is usually left behind which is a favorable condition for bacteria to thrive on, as wet and dry vacuum cleaning systems do not completely rid your carpet of moisture.
Using chemical additives while cleaning your carpet may pose some issues in regards to health, as some cleaning chemicals may leave residues that may cause skin allergies, especially if children are always playing on your carpet, it is still best to ask expert opinion regarding this matter.
Steam cleaning can be effective only on carpets that are made of natural fibers, except on wool. Steam cleaning systems softens the fibers of your carpet as it also kills air borne allergens and bacteria that may be thriving within it. Professional carpet cleaners would not recommend steam cleaning if your carpet is made of artificial fibers as heat will shrink your carpet fibers, causing it to loose it’s density.
Dry Cleaning Carpet Methods:
Carpet dry cleaning may be one of the fastest ways of effectively restoring your carpets natural appearance as it leaves very little moisture behind, doing away with the possibility of bacteria and fungus build up. Though it should be noted that dry cleaning is essentially a chemically intensive process which utilizes industrial strength chemicals to attain a favorable result, compared to using water or any other fluids, chemical dry cleaning does have it’s advantages. In regards to moisture retention, chemical dry cleaning hardly leaves any moisture at all, but it does require a longer period of time to “seep” into the fibers, which usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The treatment usually leaves a residue of crystalline particulates which comprises the entrapped dust and debris as a result of chemical agitation, which can be vacuumed out without much difficulty.
Although convenient as it seems, areas ion the carpet which are heavily stained are required to undergo manual spotting, pre-treatments or pre-conditioning prior to actual cleaning. This process enables the active chemical compounds to breakdown the binded dirt and debris that are deeply seated within the fiber strands, which is actually a two step process. The first step involves the use of natural distillates such as d-limonene or glycol to dissolve any oils or grease accumulation on the fibers. Letting it to steep in for 15 to 20 minutes before brushing or vacuuming the carpet.
Dry Compound Method:
Dry compound cleaning is another form of dry cleaning method which uses a 98% biodegradable cleaning compound which is absorbent by nature. This method is done by spreading the absorbent compound over the entire area of the carpet in which it is scrubbed or brushed to enable the compound to fully reach the deepest area where hard seated dirt and debris are. This specially formulated chemical compound has the ability to attract and entrap dirt and debris, which is then extracted through the use of manual scrubbing or vacuuming.
By the dawn of the 1990’s, new methods in regards to polymer technologies had made it possible to use synthetic resin polymers to “encapsulate” dirt and debris on direct contact, avoiding the necessary need to use wet-cleaning or chemical compounds to deeply clean carpets. Encapsulation method uses resins or advanced polymer technology to create “micro sponges” that enable deep cleaning crystalline compounds to immediately pick up dirt and grime, instantly, and be suctioned out of the carpet. As the polymers are introduced into the carpet fibers, they are immediately distributed all over the fabrics, causing dirt to stick on them. This method is simultaneous, as the dirt filled polymer particles are vacuumed off, taking along with them the dirt and debris that they have collected, which is a completely dry process.