Ever wondered why so many people have carpets in their homes? It is not by chance that it is commonly accepted by consumers. Plain flooring seldom gives the same benefits as carpet. Despite the fact that it usually looks expensive, the latter is about the most economical choice when it comes to covering the floor. The only thing is, it needs to be maintained correctly.
Carpets are made of textile material, which is why its beauty and life depend on the care you give it. With the right maintenance, you can add years to the life of a carpet. Some of the things you need to do to ensure that include the periodic shampooing, vacuuming, etc. The latter is essential to remove accumulated dust and dirt, which damages the fibers.
Done twice a week, it keeps up the surface appearance. For this, you need a good quality vacuum cleaner. Wet cleaning is also required if you are looking to remove oils, greases and other matter that is soiling the carpet. Professional cleaners and trained personnel use this method the most.
Hot Water Extraction or Steam Cleaning
This method of cleaning uses hot water, which is sprayed on the carpet and then immediately extracted by a wet vacuum. The latter is usually of the portable type these days. But the truck mounted variety is better in terms of spray pressure, heating capabilities and power of vacuum pumps. This method is also called steam cleaning, although that is inaccurate. The temperature of the heated solution is always kept below the point the where steam can be generated.
This process involves showering the cleaning solution on the carpet through the openings of a circular brush. The rotary action of this whips up foam, which is then rubbed on to the carpet. The soil particles are suspended, and removed by subsequent wet/dry vacuuming.
A lot like shampooing, the bonnet cleaning includes a rotary floor machine, which has an absorbent pad attached to its bottom. When operated, the pad sprays detergent directly on the carpet, and the soil is removed through absorption. This is also called the shag pad, and can be moistened with detergent. When one side of this gets too dirty for the job, the pad is reversed and then when that is too soiled as well, it is replaced.
These are a few methods that should be employed regularly to keep your carpet in good condition.