Differentiating Carpet Cleaning and Rug Cleaning Methods by Manny Lontok

There are two general methods of carpet and rug cleaningthe wet and dry method. These two methods branch out into other dry and wet variants of cleaning, and they are:

Dry Carpet/Rug Cleaning Method: (1) Dry powder treatment and (2) Steam cleaning

Wet Carpet/Rug Cleaning Method: (1) Carpet Shampooing and (2) Bonnet treatment

The dry powder carpet cleaning method, as the name implies, involves the use of a powder-form compound that is spread onto your rug and carpet and is left to sit for a certain period of time. Additional detergent and solvent is used to ensure thorough cleaning. A machine is then used to work on the rug or carpet to agitate the cleaning solution to lift off the dirt on the fabric. Only a little amount of water is used for this method of rug and carpet cleaning. The absorbent cleaner is mostly organic, but polymers may also be an option. The compound is supposed to absorb the dislodged soil and is then vacuumed away. Carpet must be thoroughly vacuumed before and after cleaning. Carpet cleaners say that the only drawback to this carpet cleaning method is that it can reduce indoor air quality for a day or two.

The steam cleaning method of carpet and rug cleaning is generally the most widely used upholstery treatment. It is ideal for any fabric, especially the more refined ones. Steam is used to loosen the particles stuck to the carpet and then later vacuumed off. This process of rug and carpet cleaning consists of spraying a solution of water and detergent into the carpet pile and recovering the water and soil with a powerful vacuum into a holding tank. This can be done from a truck-mounted unit outside the home with only the hose and floor tool brought inside, or by a portable, system brought into the home or office. According to most carpet and rug cleaners, the steam cleaning treatment is what they would consider a real deep cleaning process because of its high efficacy and efficiency in getting the job done.

Wet carpet cleaning methods do take a bit longer but they are also as effective as the dry cleaning processes. The carpet shampooing method involved the application of agents containing sodium lauryl sulphate which is then agitated into foam to loosen up the dirt. It is then washed off after it has settled for a few minutes. Carpet cleaners, however, warn against build-up if the foam is not washed off properly. Because of this problem, carpet shampoos will frequently also have anti re-soiling additive, like resin to reduce this re-soiling tendency.

The Bonnet method consists of the use of a rotary or oscillating brush adapted with a stiff brush or drive block designed to drive wet, damp or dry pads. The carpet can be sprayed with the cleaning solution or the pads can be soaked in the cleaning solution and squeezed lightly before placing the pad under the driving brush. Carpet and rug cleaners also call this carbonated upholstery cleaning. This method of cleaning is discouraged when doing carpets with long strands that can get caught in the rotary brush.

The rule of thumb when it comes to frequency of cleaning is: If carpet is cleaned before it becomes too unsightly, the cleaning chore will be easier and more successful. Save time and money by getting your carpets and rugs cleaned at least once a year.

Ask a reliable carpet cleaning company about the various methods of upholstery cleaning. CitruSolution Carpet Cleaning is a professional cleaning company that offers highly effective upholstery cleaning method that will leave you with clean, germ-free, and odor-free carpets and rugs. They serve the areas of St. Petersburg, Pinellas, Pinellas Park, Seminole, and Gulfport.