What’s the Best Method of Cleaning Carpet?
There are many systems to choose from in the marketplace. You hear from just about every cleaner that their method is the best. The fact is that one should not choose a carpet cleaner based on cleaning method alone. A consumer could get a good job or a poor job with any system. The system must be applied properly in order to be effective, so the emphasis should be placed on the reputation and experience of the company operating the system.
However, all things being equal, truckmounted hot water extraction applied properly, is the most effective way to clean a carpet. Hot water extraction will get maximum soil removal and maximum spot removal. It has the ability to flush out deep spots and soil. Our company pre-emulsifies the soil so that a lower water pressure can be used, therefore not overwetting the carpet. We also neutralize every carpet we clean, so that there is no sticky residue left behind.
The disadvantages of other systems compared to truckmounted hot water extraction performed properly are as follows:
There are a handful of applications where dry-cleaning would be preferred such as an Oriental rug that has a bleeding problem, a sisal rug, or a 24 hour facility.
Drycleaning systems do not get the amount of soil removal that hot water extraction gets, therefore leaving abrasive soils in the carpet to build up over a period of time. In addition, dry-cleaning systems are not as sanitary as hot water extraction as in many cases, the soil is simply moved around instead of actually extracted.
Alternative Extraction Systems:
These systems would include those systems to where a “low moisture” tool is used, or recycled water, or “specially charged” water. These systems are smoke screens that attempt to confuse the consumer. The system that supposedly has a “low moisture” tool simply do not get the flushing action that is needed to get the carpet thoroughly clean. The recycled water is completely unsanitary, and the companies that are advertising “no chemicals” use plenty of chemicals. They try to say that because they use a specially charged water that they do not need to use any