Chemical Carpet Cleaning

by Hettie Woehler
(last updated November 16, 2015)

Buying a carpet isn't only an expensive transaction, it is a decision that affects your entire home. As such, it could be properly considered an investment. As with any investment you will want to protect your carpet as much as possible in order to get them most out of your investment that you can. The best way that you can protect the investment that is your carpet is by cleaning it properly. In order to clean your carpet properly though, you need to know what your options are. Perhaps one of the most traditional methods for cleaning a carpet is the use of chemicals. Chemical carpet cleaning comes in four basic methods, and by understanding those methods you will be able to make a more informed choice as to which to use.

  • Carpet Shampooing. Carpet shampoo generates a lot of foam in order to prevent the carpet from becoming too wet. While the foam dries it attracts the soil which then can be picked up with the vacuum cleaner the next day. Its effectiveness lies in attending to stains immediately.
  • Dry powder. This process is perfect for carpets made from very fine fibres. Such carpets can become damaged if cleaned with regular wet carpet cleaners. The powder cleaner is applied to the carpet by light sprinkling or spraying it around affected areas. The dry cleaner bonds with the soiled areas of the carpet and allows you to easily remove the dirt with your vacuum cleaner.
  • Bonnet cleaning. Cleaning can be done by either preparing a round absorbent bonnet before actual cleaning by immersing it with water and wringing it out so it isn't dripping wet when applied to the carpet. Or the bonnet is immersed into the cleaning solution and wrung out preventing it from being dripping wet. This is not a deep cleaning method though. Many carpet manufacturers advise their clients not to use it.
  • External extraction. This is often called steam cleaning due to the fine spray solution of water and detergent from a container of warm or very hot water. The spray is forced on to the carpet forcing dirt deep in the carpet, out. The dirty water is sucked up by the vacuum slot immediately in front of the spray and pumped into a disposal container ready for this purpose. Vacuum every day, you will really extend the life and appearance of your carpet.

Author Bio

Hettie Woehler

Hettie lives in Mokopane, South Africa. She writes articles for a country-wide monthly newspaper, The Vessel. She self-published a devotional book in 1993 and writes a regular column, Hettie's Chatterbox, for the S.A. Neuromuscular Foundation. ...

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