“Steam cleaning,” “Shampoo,” “deep cleaned” are just some of the term’s customers use when talking to us over the phone when they want their carpets cleaned. Did you know that there is a difference? Did you know not every cleaning method is created equally? A term that is rarely used by homeowners here in Ocean and Mounmouth Counties when it comes to cleaning carpets but why it is the best explanation for the service you should receive. There are 5 different methods for carpet cleaning in your residential home, and although they are effective in their own ways, what way is best for you. What term gives the best understanding for your cleaning needs?
To understand the best terms that we use and want you the homeowners and business owners to understand you must know the difference between them. There are 5 different methods for cleaning carpets. Steam cleaning or hot water extraction is usually the most preferred, most known, and most understood. Second to that we would say is shampooing. But how many clients we get that ask for shampooing of their carpets and they meant hot water extraction. The other methods of cleaning carpets are Absorbent Pad/Bonnet cleaning, Encapsulation, and Absorbent Compound which we will talk about at another time. Each of these different methods or styles, are effective in their own way but regardless of the method there are 5 principals that should be followed according to the IICRC who sets the standard.
The principal steps for cleaning carpets regardless of the method for your home must include:
- Dry soil removal (thorough vacuuming)
- Soil Suspension (separation of the soil from the fiber by pretreating the carpet)
- Soil Extraction (through whatever method of cleaning the soil must be removed)
- Nap Setting (grooming of the fiber for amply drying and to remove cleaning marks)
- Drying (proper airflow and temperature are needed to dry carpets)
Hot water extraction process is rather simple, high water pressure that is super-heated is driven through a pressure line and released through the carpet cleaning wand. The hot water is then injected into the carpet blasting the soils and soaps off the fiber and holds them suspended. The carpet cleaning wand is also attached to a large suction hose which then lifts the suspended soils and water back out of the carpet. This method can be done either through a portable contained unit which is brought into the home or business, or the hoses are ran from a truck mounted system.
Hot water extraction is the preferred method of choice for most homeowners when it comes to cleaning carpets. We believe it to bring the strongest attributes to all five of those cleaning principals. The heat that is produced by our truck mounted hot water extraction system is of the highest caliber. The suction power that is derived from it removes so much water and soil, you can literally watch the carpet getting picked up by it. Combined with the heat and suction, the physical pushing and pulling of the carpet cleaning wand drives much agitation through the carpet fibers. We at GM Carpet Care have combined these efforts with an additional step of what we call PRETREATING your carpets. We use a mechanical agitation device combined with the right pH pre-spray and enzyme cleaners for your carpets needs at extremely high temperatures allow for great soil suspension. We do this step prior to our hot water extraction cleaning. When all these efforts are combined properly you can literally watch like magic before your eyes as your carpet turns from dirty to clean.
It provides a deep cleaning and rinsing of your carpet all the way down to the base of the yarn. It also provides extremely high temperatures and strong extraction of soils in the carpet. We have seen some companies that do not provide all 5 steps, and this is not a proper cleaning that you should receive. Hot water extraction is the safest method of cleaning for residential homeowners, when done properly there is no sticky residue and dry time should be relatively short.
So, the heat, the suction power, the agitation, the water pressure, these are just some of the reasons for why hot water extraction may be the best type of carpet cleaning method. We believe that the right combination of the strongest equipment, the right knowledge, and years of experience is why we are so great at what we do, and why we have been in business for over 40 years. To schedule you hot water extraction cleaning for you home in Ocean and Monmouth counties contact us here or call 732-929-9669