Carpet Cleaning Methods


Auckland Carpet Cleaning Methods

Before having carpeting cleaned, it may be helpful to understand some carpet cleaning methods. Besides, cleaning a particular carpet is dependent on a range of factors. All carpet cleaning methods offer various advantages, however, some have limitations. Auckland Steam & Dry offers truck-mounted carpet cleaning as well as portable apartment steam and dry cleaning.

No single carpet cleaning methods are superior to all others. Adequately performed under appropriate conditions, each method can provide satisfactory results. Often, several ways are combined to achieve the desired results.

Carpet and rugs found on the floors of residences and commercial buildings still represent a substantial investment. In light of this, is it not wise to maintain them correctly?

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Like all textile materials, the beauty and life of a carpet depend primarily on the care it is given. Proper maintenance can add years of attractive appearance. Specific maintenance procedures for carpet is determined by where the carpet is installed. Above all, proper maintenance involves regular vacuuming and periodic cleaning by methods such as:

  • • Hot water extraction
  • • Shampooing
  • • Bonnet cleaning
  • • Foam cleaning, etc.

Regular vacuuming is essential as it removes particulate soil that damages the fibres. It maintains the surface appearance of a carpet and keeps the level of soil in a pile at an acceptable level. This removes only particulate soil and surface dirt.

Therefore, other methods of cleaning are periodically required to improve the appearance of the carpet. Wet cleaning methods are certainly better for removing oils, greases and other forms of matter that cause soiling on the carpet. In short, these methods are mostly used by professional cleaners and trained personnel.

Hot Water Extraction or “Steam” Cleaning

In this method, the hot water cleaning solution is sprayed on the carpet and immediately extracted by a wet vacuum. Extraction equipment can be either portable or truck-mounted. Precisely the latter being more robust in terms of spray pressure. In particular heating capabilities and power of the vacuum pumps. Hot water extraction is often referred to as “steam” cleaning. In other words, this is a misnomer as the temperature of the heated solution never reaches the point to generate steam that is nearly boiling is pressurized and injected into the carpet.

It is allowed to sit for ten to 15 minutes. The solution is then extracted with a vacuum.

The advantages of this type of carpet cleaning include:

  • • Removing soil from deep in the carpet
  • • Using high-cleaning concentrate, pressure, and temperatures
  • • Allows extended dwell time for cleaning solution reaction
  • • Most widely used method
  • • Industry cleaning professionals, experts, and carpet manufacturers recommend the method

However, there are also cons. These disadvantages are below:

  • • Equipment requires maximum efficiency
  • • A higher cost factor
  • • Extended drying time can be reduced by using powerful equipment by skilled professionals.

Bonnet Cleaning

This method resembles the shampooing process described above. It employs a rotary floor machine on the bottom of which is attached around the absorbent pad.

First, technicians vacuum the carpet. A solution is sprayed on the carpet with either an electric sprayer or hand pump. The solution stays on the carpet for the needed reaction or dwells time. The bonnet or pad resembles a towel. The pad is placed on the drive block of a rotary machine and spun over the carpet surface at a speed of 100 to 300 RPM.

The action penetrates the fibres of the carpet with a cleaning solution that is picked up with the soil afterwards. auckland carpet cleaner

Advantages include:

  • • Inexpensive, simple, and fast
  • • Lightly soiled carpets see excellent results

The disadvantages are:

  • • Only the top third of the fibres are cleaned
  • • It is not capable of reaching deeper
  • • Cleaning solutions and dirt accumulate at the bottom portion of the carpet fibres

When one side of the pad becomes soiled, therefore the pad is reversed until both sides are soiled. Thus at which time, it is replaced.

Foam Cleaning

This system uses detergent in the form of a foam. Machines available which generate foam—agitated on the carpet by brushes. The foam is then removed with trapped soil by an extraction-vacuum pickup.

It is worked into the fibres with a counter-rotating brush-fitted machine. In this process, the cleaning solution is showered onto the carpet through several openings in a circular brush. The rotary action of the brush whips the detergent into a foam. Indeed provides agitation or rubbing action on the carpet.

As a result, suspends the soil and the wet/dry vacuuming that follows to remove it.

Encapsulation Cleaning 

An absorbent dry compound is sprinkled on the carpet and worked into the pile by a machine. It is vacuumed off after about half an hour. At any rate, it is removing the soil suspended by the compound.

Specialised cleaning solutions and agents are mixed with a powder and spread over the carpet. It is worked into the fibres with a counter-rotating brush-fitted machine. The powder absorbs soils then after setting for ten to 15 minutes, it is vacuumed.

Advantages include:

  • • No technical training required for a simple system
  • • Dries fast
  • • The carpet is back in service in 20 minutes
  • • Disadvantages are:
  • • Powders get trapped in carpets with a plush pile and build up over time
  • • Excessive dust can occur in the home
  • • Can not be cleaned deep in the carpet

Selecting the Right Carpet Cleaner

Having established that mindset that professional carpet cleaning is essential for extending a carpet or rug’s attractive life. The next question is, how does one go about choosing the right person or firm to do the job?

There is no magical, single method for carpet cleaning. All methods have advantages as well as disadvantages. Moreover, different people can achieve different results while cleaning the same carpet with identical equipment. No technique can compensate for an inept operator. Therefore, it is more important to select the right cleaner than the proper cleaning method.

Good Carpet Cleaners

1. Affiliation with Professional Organizations

Carpet cleaning methods is an ever-changing field. Each year new cleaning systems, cleaning chemicals, and extra services are introduced. Good professional cleaners keep abreast of such changes and continuously improve the services they offer. Together using suitable carpet cleaning methods.

Affiliation with professional trade associations goes a long way.

2. Recommendations  

Ask the cleaner for the names of previous customers. What’s better is that our company, Auckland Carpets Steam & Dry have a list of carpet cleaning reviews links:

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Call the references and find out about their cleaning experience. Ask about the cleaner’s appearance, their manner of presentation—the condition of their equipment and their ability to answer questions. Otherwise, find out if the overall cleaning experience was pleasant and if they would go back to the same firm.

3. Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Indeed, check with the local CAB to find out if any complaints are registered against the firm you are considering. If yes, how good and efficient was the firm’s response to the criticism? Did they remedy the problem to the consumer’s satisfaction?

4. Watch Out for the Low End

Due to misleading advertising and glib sales tactics leave cleaners who offer quality service at a disadvantage. Advertisements promising carpet cleaning at unbelievably low prices (like $5.95 a room; or two rooms for $10.95) are prevalent these days. If you think they are too good to be true, you are probably correct.

To tell the truth, quality service requires investments and takes time. It is not possible to offer an excellent service at ridiculously low prices.

In conclusion, do not fall victim to low pricing or bait and switch tactics.

5. You Can Contribute to the Success of a Cleaning Job

Cleaning chemicals and procedures can be altered to fit the specific needs of the carpet being cleaned. Describe the use and conditions of the carpet. Likewise, all previous home and professional cleanings to your professional cleaner. For example, if the carpet has been shampooed several times before, it is reasonable to expect the presence of some detergent residue. With this information, your cleaner may change the cleaning solution to compensate for this.

If your carpet has stains, definitely point them out to the cleaning crew. Tell them how long the stains have been there and what may have caused them. Some spots and stains, such as those from bleaches, urine or mildew may be impossible to remove even by the most proficient cleaner. Knowing about them will prevent disappointments resulting from unrealistic expectations.

1. Circulate the air to speed up drying time. If possible, slightly open a window to let in the fresh air.

2. Do not allow children or pets to crawl or walk on the cleaned carpet for at least 24 hours, preferably longer until the carpet is thoroughly dry.

3. Do not walk on the freshly cleaned carpet for at least 4 hours or more until dry to touch.

4. Do not remove aluminium or plastic pieces placed under the legs of furniture until the carpet is dry.

5. Vacuum after the carpets is dry and then vacuum regularly.

Protect Your Investment

Carpet, rugs, upholstery, and draperies are probably among your most essential possessions. Chances are a great deal of money was spent acquiring them. Protect your investment and take the time to find the right cleaner expert such as Steam ‘n’ Dry Auckland Carpet Cleaning. You will be surprised at the number of problems that can develop from an unfortunate lack of care and maintenance.

Even though choosing the right cleaner won’t guarantee the complete absence of the issues, it will significantly reduce the chances. Selecting a proper carpet cleaning company like Auckland Steam & Dry will ensure the highest level of satisfaction.