In our 5th and final installment of this short series, we will discuss the carpet cleaning method that Preferred Carpet Care in Redding recommends for most instances: Hot Water Extraction.
Tried and True
Hot Water Extraction is by far the most common technique used by professional carpet cleaners. It’s also known as steam cleaning, but that’s a bit misleading. Although the hot water might produce a small amount of steam, the process does not technically use any steam to clean. Even so, many companies still advertise it as steam cleaning, even in their names, so home and business owners can relate to their prime method of carpet cleaning.
The Prime Method
The process starts with the application of a cleaning agent or solvent on the carpet. This agent liquifies and displaces soil, debris, allergens and other particulates trapped among the carpet fibers. Recently, some professionals have incorporated encapsulation options to this part of the procedure. In some instances, however, the hot water used later might compromise the bonding ability of encapsulation, which is why it’s best to leave such decisions up to the professionals.
After applying the solvent, the professional might opt to use agitation to get the solvent deeper into the carpet. Again, when to use this option is learned through extensive training and experience. After a short resting period, the professional uses a specialized wand to apply hot water under high pressure. It runs deep into your carpet fibers to wash away the cleaning agents and all the soil it has dislodged.
The Pros of Hot Water Extraction
Hot water extraction is the best choice for allergy sufferers or those sensitive to chemicals or detergents. The hot water also kills bacteria, molds, germs, mites, and other irritants while removing them. It provides a deep clean for your carpet. With the right equipment, this cleaning goes as deep as the carpet backing.
While washing out all the dirt and debris, the hot water “fluffs” your carpet fibers – which is nice if they were matted down. Most carpet manufacturers recommend this method due to its success and reliability. Using other methods could void the warranty with a new carpet.
The Cons of Hot Water Extraction
With so many companies offering this cleaning method it can be tricky to know who to choose for this service. Sadly, not all companies use this method correctly. Some cut costs with low-end equipment or cleaning agents while others don’t have proper training or skill. Because this method is so widely used, some individuals need to shop around – unless they know about the IICRC certified technicians at Preferred Carpet Care in Redding.
The most difficult challenge with this method is time. It will take time for the carpets to dry after using hot water to clean them thoroughly. Many offices prefer to use this method at the end of the business, giving the carpets plenty of time to dry overnight. Large fans can be used to circulate the air and reduce drying time.
Given the list presented in this series, Preferred Carpet Care recommends hot water extraction. In most cases, it’s the best option to get your carpet as fresh and clean as it can be and then help keep it that way. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Thankfully, we have decades of experience, the best training available, and certification from the IICRC to help us determine how to bring your carpet to its best potential. Give us a call to schedule a time for you to benefit from our expertise. Or, if you prefer, use our online form to schedule an appointment.
- Posted by Rod Barth
- On December 3, 2020