What is the Best Method of Carpet Cleaning?
All carpet cleaning methods are not equal and there are more options for carpet and rug cleaning than ever before making the process of choosing the best carpet cleaning service overwhelming. According to Shaw Flooring (largest carpet manufacturer), it is recommended that carpets are professionally deep cleaned every 12-18 months depending on the level of traffic in your home. They recommend hot water extraction (or steam cleaning), as it "removes oils and particulates that accelerate soiling".
Equally important to deep cleaning on a regular basis is consistent maintenance including regular vacuuming, spot treatment and preventative "walk-off" mats or rugs. Of course the ability to visually clean carpet is important but at least as important, is the removal of the dirt, grime, dander, hair and bacteria. Your carpet and rugs may be the largest filter in your home, trapping large amounts of particulate within its fibers, however, just as cleaning or replacing your air filters on a consistent schedule is important, so is cleaning your carpet and rugs. Hot water extraction removes over 90% of dirt and bacteria from carpeting. Dry cleaning carpeting is effective for ensuring carpets are ready for foot traffic as quickly as possible. To ensure that you keep your home's carpets and area rugs in good condition, looking their best while reducing the level of dirt, grime, hair, and pathogens in your carpet fibers, note a few important differences between carpet cleaning methods as well as some tips for keeping your floors as clean as possible.
Carpet Cleaning Services
Note the most popular carpet cleaning services you might consider for your home or office:
- Hot water extraction or steam cleaning uses hot water applied to carpet fibers with a high-pressure wand. The hot water and pressure both work to dissolve thick dirt, mud, dust, and other debris from carpeting, allowing it to be extracted easily. Steam also "fluffs up" matted carpet fibers so that your home's carpeting looks fresher and feels softer underfoot.
- Carpet shampooing uses specialty detergents applied with lots of water, not unlike shampooing your hair! Rotating brushes might scrub the shampoo into the carpeting and help loosen dirt and debris. Clean water is used to extract the shampoo. Keep in mind that it is difficult to rinse out all the shampoo or products left on the carpet fibers. This residue left behind may attract dirt and cause your carpet to become get dirty faster. Zerorez® New Mexico does not use shampoos or harsh chemicals. Zero residue® means carpets stay cleaner longer.
- Carpet dry cleaning uses a special powder detergent or similar chemicals, applied with a small amount of water. A rotating brush pushes the powder into the fibers and a specialty extraction tool then removes the detergent along with trapped dirt and debris.
- Foam cleaning carpeting or encapsulation is often used for especially filthy carpets, including commercial. A specialty foam is applied to carpeting where it then begins to bubble and expand; this expanding foam traps dirt and debris, bringing it to the carpet's surface. Steam extraction then removes the foam and trapped dirt.
- Bonnet cleaning uses a specialty carpet cleaning machine with a type of thick towel or bonnet over the front. This bonnet rubs rug shampoo along the surface of carpet fibers, and the shampoo is then extracted along with trapped dirt and debris.
Okay, you may be asking yourself, "Which Is the Best Carpet Cleaning Method?"
There is no "one size fits all" method of carpet cleaning and pros and cons may be identified with each. However, the Zerorez Carpet Cleaning process is effective for all types of carpet and addresses all forms of dirt, stains and health concerns a homeowner may have. Consider a few advantages and disadvantages of the most popular carpet cleaning methods when making the right choice for your home:
Steam had demonstrated the ability to destroy some bacteria, germs, mold, mildew, and other irritants. Just as important is removing the pathogens, dirt, grime and water from your carpet. Hot water extraction is an excellent choice for removing pathogens and for those with allergies or sensitivities to detergents and shampoos. However, it's challenging to remove all traces of water, so carpeting may not be ready for foot traffic for several hours after cleaning.
Shampooing carpets is effective for removing stubborn stains but require thorough, proper extraction. Sticky detergent residues left behind after shampooing will trap and lock more dust and dirt along the surface of carpeting, so that carpet fibers might look dirty very soon after shampooing (reappearing spots).
Carpet dry cleaning is preferred for offices and busy homes with families who cannot wait for a carpet to dry. However, the detergents and chemicals used for dry cleaning carpets can be somewhat pungent so proper ventilation is vital, and this carpet cleaning method might be a poor choice for those who have allergies or breathing difficulties.
Bonnet cleaning removes only surface dirt from carpeting, a disadvantage for floors needing a deep clean. The advantage of bonnet cleaning is that this method is fast and affordable. Consider bonnet carpet cleaning if your carpets are not especially dirty or matted down or if you need light carpet cleaning on a consistent yet affordable basis, to ensure that your carpet and rugs always look their best.
Take the time to assess the your carpet, resources and time and reach out to Zerorez New Mexico (505) 585-5053 to learn more about our services and pricing and how they will work for you and your family. See link below for information regarding what makes Zerorez, The Right Way to Clean®?