The steam carpet cleaning process offers deep cleaning of your stained carpets. In this method, hot water is applied directly to the carpet material and later this moisture is extracted along with all the dirt.
- This cleaning method also ensures the prevention of microorganisms like bacteria and virus in our carpet materials.
- A procedure which can be applied for cleaning of materials other than carpets.
- It is a very simple and low-cost cleaning procedure. However, the main disadvantage of this process is that it uses a large amount of water and also needs longer time to dry.
Steam Cleaning Process
Usage of detergent can be included in the steam cleaning depending on the circumstance. In steam carpet cleaning, water must be heated to about 200 degrees. Before starting the cleaning process, we have to remove all the furniture from the room where the carpet material lies. Then the stained carpet must be vacuumed by using a vacuum cleaner. If we use any detergent, it has to be directly applied to the surface of the carpet. Then we must allow the detergent material to stay there for some time. After that, it has to be washed off from the carpet by using hot water. As a result of this washing, all the stains will get rid of from the carpet material. Thus the steam cleaning provides a healthy environment.
Another type of steam cleaning uses an emulsifying pre-spray to remove the dirt from the carpet materials. After vacuuming the carpet, we have to spray the emulsifying pre-spray into the dirt affected area of the carpet. Then by using a brush, rouse up the pre-spray to the carpet and let it be remaining in that area for 10 to 15 minutes. Finally, extract the emulsifying pre-spray from the carpet along with all the dirt. Repeat this process till the entire carpet area becomes clean.
Despite this, however, there are lingering problems with this method of cleaning that must be addressed in order to get the best possible results.
Here are the pros and cons:
- When used properly by trained and experienced technicians, it removes more soils and stains than any other method available today.
- Extraction is usually implemented at high temperatures which will kill many insects and microorganisms which may be residing among the carpet fibers.
- Cleaning can be done with a wide variety of carpet extractors, generating high vacuum and pressures of anywhere between 30 PSI for portable machines to 3,000 PSI for truck mounted equipment.
- Detritus and chemical residues are pulled out of the carpet and out of the home and deposited into a waste tank.
- Powerful driers or air movers are now available to extract the residual moisture from the carpet, quickly.
- Extended drying time. Compared to other carpet cleaning procedures, hot water extraction will have an average drying time of 2 to 24 hours, depending on the severity of the conditions prior to cleaning, the skill of the technician doing the job, and the condition of the equipment used. Drying time will usually be quicker with a more powerful vacuum system and more knowledgeable technicians, but this does not happen by rote. The technician will always have to be attentive to prevailing conditions and know how to react accordingly.
- If the carpet is left wet for extended periods, it can lead to bacteria and mold growth. Wet carpet will also have an unpleasant smell.
- Other potentially negative effects are rapid re-soiling, browning, and wicking.
A competent, experienced carpet cleaning company will always endeavor to leave your carpet as dry as possible, in order to avoid the negative effects associated with hot water carpet cleaning, and leave your carpet thoroughly clean and fresh.