Commonly Used Carpet Cleaning Methods
There are many different types of carpet cleaning methods that are used
in Scottsdale and North Scottsdale, Arizona but the three most common are
Hot Water Extraction or Steam Cleaning, Encapsulation, and Shampoo. Below
is a brief description of each type of method. Knowing how these methods
work, will enable you to make an informed decision on who should be cleaning
you carpets in Scottsdale AZ.
Shampoo method typically uses an ordinary rotary floor machine, sprays shampoo
onto the carpet from a dispensing tank, and a rotary brush whips the detergent
to a foam. The agitation of the brush on the surface of the carpet creates
a foam that pulls the soil from the carpet. Depending upon the detergent
used, either a wet or dry vacuum extracts the soil. Most carpet mills and
carpet fiber producers discourage the use of rotary brushes on carpet because
of the potential damage that can occur.
Although, at first your carpets will appear to be cleaner, in the short
term this will lead to a quicker re-soiling. Shampooing your carpet is like
shampooing your hair without rinsing it out. Also if improperly done, this
method well leave soapy residue and the carpet overly wet which can turn
into a mold issue. In extreme cases this can turn a cheap carpet cleaning
job into a major water damage job.
encapsulation method, also referred to as "ENCAP", is a popular carpet cleaning
technique for commercial carpet maintenance. It should be used as an interim
maintenance method and should be followed periodically by a thorough hot
water extraction cleaning. The encapsulating chemical is sprayed on and
then brushed into the carpet using a cylindrical or rotary brush machine.
The encapsulation chemistry surrounds each soil particle and crystallizes
it so it can not attract other soils. The encapsulated soil particles release
from the carpet fiber and are removed by normal vacuuming which will generally
be done by the janitorial staff at regularly scheduled times. Since its
a low moisture system, carpets can be put back into use promptly but can
be a problem if frequent vacuuming is not performed. Encapsulation is designed
for commercial maintenance only.
Hot Water Extraction or Steam Cleaning
Hot water extraction, also know as steam cleaning, is the most common
type of cleaning process. Steam cleaning is also the only method approved
by the major carpet manufacturers. This is the method employed by Stanley
Steamer, Zerorez, and the many other carpet cleaning companies including
us, Green Planet Carpet Care.
First a pre-conditioner or pre-spray is applied to the carpet through
a hand help pump sprayer or an in-line sprayer. After the spray has loosened
up the soil in the carpet, usually about ten minutes, it is flushed from
the carpet along with the soil using hot water via an extraction wand. This
process can be repeated several times depending on how heavily soiled the
carpet may be. It is recommended that heavily soiled carpet may need several
flushing passes, followed by overlapping extraction only passes.
There are two types of hot water extraction machines used by carpet cleaners,
either portable or truck mount. The major differences between the two types
of units are water temperature and suction power (CFM). The larger truck
mount units can achieve temperatures greater than 250 degrees Fahrenheit
and produce a vacuum of greater than 1000 CFM. Temperatures and suction
not achievable by portable machines. The higher temperature water helps
kill bacteria that can cause allergy problems. The greater suction extracts
more water so your carpets will dry in far less time and more residue will
be removed so your carpets are cleaner. The larger the extraction unit the
better. This is why Green Planet Carpet Care
uses the largest truck mount cleaning unit in the industry. "We
simply have a lot more steam and suction than the other guys".
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