Carpet Cleaning

There are a number of different Carpet Cleaning Systems

Hot Water Extraction
Although there is an actual steam cleaning industrial process, in the context of carpet cleaning, “steam cleaning” is, in fact, hot water soil extraction cleaning. The hot water soil extraction cleaning method uses equipment that sprays heated water, sometimes with added cleaning chemicals, on the carpet. Simultaneously, the water is vacuumed up, along with any dislodged and dissolved dirt.

Many carpet manufacturers recommend professional hot water extraction as the most effective carpet cleaning method which also provides a deeper cleaning.   Actual steam could damage man-made carpet fibers and change the characteristics as they are usually set using heat.   This Is a Rug Doctor Rental Extraction Machine   When you first start out it may be more cost effect to rent a machine.  The big problem though is they are very small and are designed for just cleaning a few rooms of carpet.

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A common process of hot water extraction begins with preconditioning. Alkaline agents such as ammonia solution for synthetic carpets, or acidic solution (such as vinegar solution) for wool carpets, are sprayed into the carpet, then agitated with a grooming brush or an automatic scrubbing machine.  Next, a pressurized manual or automatic cleaning tool (known as a wand) passes over the surface to rinse out all pre-conditioner, residue, and particulates.  If an alkaline detergent is used on a wool carpet, use of a mild acetic acid solution will restore neutral fiber PH.  The acidic rinse thus neutralizes the alkaline residues, and can contribute to softening cleaned fabrics.

There are spotters that will help you get pet urine out of carpet.  You can also, get blood stains, wine stains and cool aid stains out of carpet.  These are some of the hardest stains to clean.  You can accomplish this with the right pre-spray spot  removers.

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The hot water extraction method is the preferred method of many carpet manufacturers as it removes more dust and abrasive particles resulting in less wear and pile abrasion.

Extraction is, by far, the most important step in the hot water extraction process.  Since the hot-water extraction method uses much more water than other methods like bonnet or shampoo cleaning, proper extraction and air flow are critical to avoid drying issues such as mold growth & browning of wool fibers.  Drying time may also be decreased by extra use of fans, de-humidifiers, and/or outdoor ventilation.

Hot water extraction equipment may be a portable unit that plugs into an electrical outlet, or a truck mount carpet cleaner requiring long hoses from the truck or trailer.

Truck Mounted Equipment

Truck mounted equipment may be used where electricity is unavailable.  Truck mount carpet cleaning may be unsuited to premises distant from a driveway or road, and hoses may need to pass through windows to reach upper floors of a building.  Truck mounted carpet cleaning equipment minimizes noise in the room being cleaned.  However, truck-mounted cleaning is much faster than portable equipment, and the extra heat will dissolve more spots and stains, and more vacuum suction power will reduce drying times.

If you are going to do just carpet cleaning then a Trunk Mount is probably the way to go.  You need to do a lot of carpet cleaning in order to justify the expense and a truck and having the unit installed in it.

There Are A Number Of Other Methods For Carpet Cleaning:


Dry compound



Dry foam carpet cleaning

If you are interested in any of these methods please let me know and I will get you information on them.

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