According to The Carpet Buyers Handbook, carpet is the third most expensive investment you will make for your new home, yet it typically receives far less care than other household items. To protect your investment, carpet should be cleaned a minimum of every 12 to 18 months to extend its lifecycle and maintain its original look and feel.
At Carolina Carpet Cleaning Services, we utilize the following methods to clean your carpets and keep them looking and wearing their best for years to come:
HOT WATER / STEAM EXTRACTION
Hot Water / Steam Extraction is the method most recommended and preferred by today's carpet manufacturers. A preconditioning spay is applied first to break down and loosen the soils from the carpet fibers. After the appropriate dwell and agitation time, a high pressure hot water / steam rinse is applied and immediately extracted via a high powered vacuum system, removing the dirt, residue and detergent from the carpet. Repeated passes of the vacuum wand facilitate carpet drying. This method provides a deep carpet cleaning and thorough soil removal while also removing most routine spots and stains.
Steam extraction is the primary cleaning method utilized by Carolina Carpet Cleaning Services. Our ProChem truck mount equipment provides a totally self-contained water supply, hot water / steam generation and high powered vacuum and waste containment system. We use the highest quality, state-of-the-art equipment that's available to the industry.
We also utilize a compact portable hot water / steam extraction equipment process for high rise buildings and apartments, as well as some commercial facilities where hose connection to the truck mount system is not practical.
"BONNET" ABSORBENT PAD
Carolina Carpet Cleaning Services also utilizes the "Bonnet" Absorbent Pad cleaning method which is popular for low pile commercial carpets. A preconditioning solvent is applied to the carpet and a bonnet detergent solution is used in conjunction with a cotton pad for a "spin buffing" of the carpet. During the spin buffing, the carpet soil is absorbed into the cotton bonnet.
This is a good carpet maintenance and interim cleaning process. However, Hot Water / Steam Extraction should be done after every 2 or 3 bonnet cleanings. Stairs and small areas cannot be cleaned with this method.
This is the oldest method of carpet cleaning. A detergent is applied to the carpet and agitated with a rotary type brush system. The rotary brush agitation substitutes for the lack of heat in this cleaning process. After the soils are loosened, they are wet vacuumed away. An adequate amount of shampoo must be applied to avoid damaging the fibers of the carpet, and so the detergent can become very foamy. Drying time is usually much longer than with a Hot Water / Steam extraction cleaning, and some residue usually remains.
This cleaning process is that of the typical grocery store carpet cleaning rental machine. It is best utilized for single room cleaning tasks or as a preconditioning process along with a Hot Water / Steam Extraction rinse.
Once we've thoroughly cleaned your carpets, we recommend applying ScotchGard Protector to keep them cleaner, fresher, brighter . . . longer.
Other Cleaning Methods That We Don't Recommend or Use
Occasionally, we also get inquiries about the following types of cleaning methods. Carolina Carpet Cleaning Services does not recommend these cleaning processes, nor do we utilize them.
DRY ABSORBENT COMPOUND
This method involves sprinkling an organic or synthetic compound (powder) onto the carpet. The compound is then brushed into the carpet and allowed to dwell for a period of time to absorb the soils in the carpet. The compound is then removed via routine vacuuming. The benefit of this method is fast drying. The downside is the lack of a deep cleaning and spot removal.
This method uses a machine which aerates a detergent into a shaving cream type foam. Following the application of the foam, a large cylindrical brush agitates the foam into the carpet and then extracts the suspended soil and foam into the machine. Used properly, this can be a low moisture cleaning method; however, it does not provide a thorough deep cleaning. Stairs and small areas can not normally be cleaned with this method.
An encapsulating chemical is worked into the carpet, surrounds the soil, dries to a crystal and is vacuumed out after drying. Chemical agitation onto the carpet fibers is the key to this process. This method is primarily a 2-day cleaning process (apply chemical on the first day and vacuum out the next) utilized in low pile commercial carpet applications where the carpet can dry overnight without any traffic.