What’s the Best Method of Carpet Cleaning?
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 there is not sticky residue left behind.
The disadvantages of other systems compared to truckmounted hot water extraction performed properly are as follows:
Dry Cleaning Systems:
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.
Dry cleaning systems do not get the amount of soil removal that hot water extraction gets, thereby 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.
Alternate 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 does 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 specially charged water they do not need to use any chemicals. However, to remove spots and traffic area soil, they have to use chemicals. Usually they use the chemicals without telling you or they talk about their prespray that is made from wheat, barley, etc.… It’s a farce. Truckmounted hot water extraction applied properly will use high quality cleaning solutions that are neutralized. There is no other way to get maximum soil removal.