Carpet Cleaning in Lynn
Carpet is a beautiful and comfortable thing to have and it’s a staple feature in American homes. And just like a car, it needs a good cleaning every once in a while. Thanks to being on the floor where everyone walks, it naturally collects and holds dirt, germs, bacteria, allergens, dust, and more. A carpet can be in desperate need of a cleaning even if it looks fairly clean on the surfaces. That’s because, as we’ll mention below, these harmful particulates sink into the depth of the carpet and are hard to extract using a standard vacuum cleaner. Your carpet may look cleaner after you vacuum it, but it’s just the uppermost layer that temporarily looks clean. In reality, there are allergens, dust, and bacteria deeper in.
This page is a brief guide on the five most popular carpet cleaning methods, and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Hopefully after reading this you’ll feel more confident about hiring a good cleaner. There are many carpet cleaning services to choose from these days, but not all of them are experienced or knowledgeable about their field of work. Regardless of who you end up hiring to clean your carpets, we hope we’ve helped you make a more educated selection and help you get a quality service.
Below are listed the 5 most popular methods.
#1 Hot Water Extraction
Hot water extraction, also known as a carpet steam cleaning, uses a carpet steam cleaner to purify and extract the deep portions of your carpeting. We put it number one for two reasons. First, because it’s one of the absolute best methods you could choose. And two, just in case you didn’t read all the way down, you’d have the best recommendation to work with.
An inexperienced or very old fashioned carpet cleaner might suggest steam cleaning could hurt your carpet, but in reality is approved by several international cleaning organizations as an extremely practical and safe cleaning method.
Carpet steam cleaning works by agitating fibers deep inside your carpet with steamy hot pressurized water. This does two things very well: 1) The heat kills the bacteria, and 2) the hot water quickly dissolves the dirt, germs, and grime from the carpet fibers. Once the steam cleaner has done it’s job, it sucks everything out of your carpet and you’re left with a lush, purified result. Usually the cleaning service will put down some kind of cleaning agent on the carpet before beginning which enhances the result even further.
The only downside to using hot water extraction is that it takes a few hours, but that’s quite comparable to the other methods. All in all, we recommend this method highly.
#2 Carpet Shampooing
Carpet shampooing has been around for a long time, and is kind of the go-to methods for many cleaners. It’s true, for very, very thin carpets it can be adequate, but it’s hard for us to say much more than that. The biggest problem with shampooing is that while the top of the carpet might look clean, it’s very ineffective at deep cleaning. In fact, it frequently worsens the cleanliness of the carpet by leaving behind a thick layer of shampoo residue that takes many hours to dry, and sits there soaking up germs and particulates like a sponge. This is bad for the carpet but also bad for you, as you paid to have your carpet cleaned and now it’s just as dirty as it was before.
#3 Bonnet Cleaning
Bonnet carpet cleaning is common for commercial spaces, offices, hotels, and places that get a lot of foot traffic. And with good reason. It’s easy to do and it makes the carpet look clean very quickly. Here’s how it works: A pad soaked in detergent is rotated forcefully into the floor causing it to soak in the germs and dirt while a powerful vacuum machine sucks them in from above. The only problem with default bonnet cleaning when it comes to full-scale carpet cleaning is that it only cleans the carpet surface. Consequently, the carpet looks clean immediately, but it won’t last very long. Which is perfectly fine if you’re just looking to have a light, regular cleaning to keep things looking good and moderately clean.
#4 Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning
Also know as dry foam cleaning, encapsulation carpet cleaning is also superior to carpet shampooing, although it has its flaws. A synthetic detergent is distributed into your carpet where it will mix with the dirt and grime and neutralize bacteria. Soon after, a chemical reaction causes it to convert into a dry foam, thereby encapsulating or trapping the germs within itself. From there it’s fairly straightforward to vacuum the foam (and germs) out, leaving the carpet fresh and clean.
Encapsulation or dry foam cleaning tends to be more eco friendly which is a big plus, but the drawback is that like shampooing, it typically doesn’t produce a very deep, thorough cleaning. Better for thin carpets or rugs.
5. Dry Carpet Cleaning
Dry carpet cleaning isn’t really new, but a lot of people still aren’t familiar with it. That’s probably because our industry moves slowly and it takes time for new technology to spread around. That said, it’s been around since the 90’s and we think it’s one of the coolest and best carpet cleaning methods available right now.
Here’s how it works. Similar to the lighter dry foam cleaning method, the cleaning service mixes a biodegradable compound into your carpet. This compound breaks up into tiny little mini-sponges that soak up all dirt and grime while killing the bacteria and germs. Then the compound is worked into the deepest portions of your carpet to open up the fibers and release all the dirt and germs. Then a very powerful vacuum cleaner is used to suck everything out of the carpet, including the deep portions.
The process is completely dry and results in a complete carpet cleaning without all the shampoo. One of the biggest benefits of this service is that there’s no long waiting period while you can’t access the area after the cleaning as in the case of shampooing. And it also doesn’t make the carpet more susceptible to being re-soiled the way shampooing does.
Which Carpet Cleaner is Best For You?
When it comes down to it, all the carpet cleaning methods we discussed today work for different situations and different goals. Depending on thickness of carpet, even shampooing can be effective. They all work to different degrees, and they all work better or worse for different types of carpet. The most important thing for you to choose is a professional, experienced carpet cleaning company that you can trust. Whether that’s us or someone else in the area, we hope this little guide has been helpful. If we can help you make your carpets like new again, please feel free to give us a ring at 339-900-3446.