While you are spoilt by choices on selecting carpet cleaning company for your house or office, it is important to know the different types of carpet cleaning methods used by companies as not all the methods work for your carpet.
Here are the a few types of carpet cleaning in the market:
Hot Water Extraction Cleaning
Normally known as steam carpet cleaning. Hot water extraction cleaning uses high pressured hot water to agitate the carpet fibre, dissolve dirt inside the carpet.
Hot water extraction cleaning involves application of detergents on soiled surface, agitation of carpet with brush, then followed by rinsing. After detergent settle in the carpet for a short period of time, the carpet will be "washed" by a cleaning equipment to rinse the detergent thoroughly and finally being left to dry in room temperature or air conditioned temperature
An average sized carpeted office space of 3000 sq ft would usually take about 2 hours to clean and will take more than 4 hours to dry. Most companies may advise carpet to be cleaned in the late afternoon so that after cleaning is done, the carpet can be left to dry over the night and office can be used the next morning.
Shampoo carpet cleaning was very popular till encapsulation technology was introduced from 1970s. While shampooing the carpet, it may seem to clean heavily soiled carpet, this technology's disadvantage - leaving behind large amount of wet foam residues in the carpet that will take a long time to dry, becomes sticky when carpet dries because no rinsing is done after shampooing and rapid re-soiling of carpet - makes this method now less popular than others.
Foam encapsulation use synthetic detergents as that base that will crystallize into powder form when dries. Loosen dirt particles in carpet fibre will be encapsulated into powder after the applied cleaning foam dries and, vacuumed or brushed when the foam dries after cleaning.
The foam encapsulation cleaning technique has used more than carpet shampooing technology as the foam encapsulation cleaning uses less water during cleaning that result in shorter drying time if comparing to the carpet shampooing. The foam encapsulation cleaning has got thumbs up by people who suggests using of environmental friendly products as there is less chemical residue left after cleaning compared to carpet shampooing.
Although foam encapsulation cleaning technique has shown very good cleaning results, this cleaning method has not been able to thoroughly clean heavy soiling carpet because of this technology's limitation.
This carpet cleaning make good surface cleaning result because the process mainly involve cleaning the top part of the carpet fibre by using a heavy duty motorized machine with a spinning pad that has been soaked with cleaning solution to absorb dirt at the carpet surface.
Bonneting is very popular in many hotels because it can give quick fix solution to clean carpet in heavy traffic public area that requires carpet to be cleaned with not much moisture and can dry quickly to avoid causing any inconvenience to hotel guests.
Because bonnet cleaning does not clean carpet deeply, dirt under the carpet would emerge back to the surface within short time, causing carpet to get dirty again quickly. Bonneting also tends to cause accumulation of detergent residue in the carpet as pressure from the heavy machine on the spinning pad push the applied detergent and remaining dirt into the carpet.
Dry Carpet Cleaning
Dry carpet cleaning or called compound cleaning is one of the latest cleaning technology found in the market and has gained more popularity and approvals by leading carpet manufacturers because of its highly effective cleaning performance and convenience for users as it does not need drying time.
Since it was invented from 1980s, there are many different types of cleaning compound or powders that have been developed for this technique in the market. As this technique is considered relatively new compared to all other conventional wet carpet cleaning methods that have been used and trusted for decades, many still doubt the effectiveness of this cleaning technique.
The highlight is the application of cleaning compound, powder into the bottom part of carpet using a motorized counter rotating brush machine to separate the carpet fibre and allow the compound to settle inside, resulting in thorough, deep carpet cleaning result.
Cleaning compound is usually made of biodegradable material that works like micro-sponges, which can effectively absorb dissolved dirt from the carpet and that can be removed thoroughly at the finish of the process.
Different equipment manufacturers make themselves different from others by developing their own cleaning compound or powders formula and customizing equipment design and function.
Dry carpet cleaning is quite safe for all types of carpet and is recommended for commercial offices especially that need to operate 24 hours, 7 days a week, as operation in the office is not interrupted during the carpet cleaning process.
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