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Methods of Carpet Cleaning
There are many different methods of carpet cleaning. Having been in the carpet cleaning business for over
28 years I have seen almost every conceivable way there is to clean a carpet. Some carpet cleaning methods are better for fast
drying, while other carpet cleaning methods are better for restorative deep carpet cleaning. The following are the three main
methods of carpet cleaning.
EXTRACTION CARPET CLEANING: Extraction carpet cleaning is widely recognized in the
professional carpet cleaning industry as the most effective way to deep clean carpet. A carpet extractor uses a detergent
solution that is injected into the carpet by a pump and then the solution is sucked back out of the carpet with high powered
vacuum motors. Solution pumps range in power from 100PSI to over 1000 PSI. Vacuum motors range from 100CFM to over 200CFM.
Heaters can be added to these carpet cleaning machines either internally or externally. Hotter water breaks up greasy dirt
faster. Since the conception of extraction carpet cleaning in the late 1960’s, the manual extraction wand has been the tool
used for the extraction carpet cleaning. The manual wand has a vacuum slot which is usually about 12” wide, along with one
or more spray jets to inject the cleaning solution. Cleaning efficiency depends on how much effort and how many cleaning
passes the operator is willing to make. The dirtier the carpet, the more cleaning passes needed. Cleaning a heavily soiled
carpet with a manual wand requires a tremendous amount of physical exertion to achieve satisfactory results.
ROTARY JET EXTRACTION:
This is the latest technology in the professional carpet cleaning
industry and has proven to be the most thorough deep cleaning method to date. The Rotovac Powerwand
is a Rotary Jet Extractor
that has 6 vacuum slots and spray jets which rotate over the carpet at 250RPM. As the spray jets inject the cleaning solution
the vacuum slots simultaneously scrub and extract it back out. The Rotovac vacuum slots clean the carpet from every different
direction in a rotary motion rather than just back and forth like a manual wand
and the motor does the work instead of the
operator. Click here to check out the Rotovac Powerwand
BONNET CLEANING: The bonnet method is good for quick maintenance surface cleaning where
fast drying is a requirement. Bonnets are made of synthetic or natural absorbent fibers. Bonnets are round pads that go under
standard floor buffers. First a cleaning solution is sprayed onto the carpet and then the bonnet is run over the carpet to
“rub and absorb” the soil off of the carpet surface. This is a good method for fast drying maintenance cleaning only and is
not a deep cleaning method. When using the bonnet method for maintenance cleaning it is recommended that a thorough extraction
cleaning is also performed periodically to remove chemical residue and deeper soil.
ROTARY BRUSH or DRY FOAM: Uses a foaming water based shampoo that is supposed to dry to
a powder or crystal to be vacuumed out of the carpet when dry. The shampoo is applied with a brush and a standard floor scrubber
machine. The brush generates foam as it spins or a machine generates foam before getting scrubbed with a brush. This method is
likely to leave the carpet with a sticky residue and therefore its use is on the decline.
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