Whatever means you may employ for cleaning your carpets, you just can’t eliminate the possibility of dirt and dust entering your home. This is particularly true when you have pets and or kids at home. Even the best maintained homes will have deposits of dirt and cooking remains because of which your carpet colors begin to look dull. Owning a carpet cleaning machine or getting one on rent can replace the professional carpet cleaning services. Vacuuming alone is not adequate even if you have no kids or pets at home, and you take good care of your carpets. Carpets are prone to attracting invisible dust particles, which settle beneath the fibers and slowly spoil your carpet, reducing its lifespan.
Types of machines available for carpet cleaning
The popular ways of cleaning carpets do not guarantee a dust-free, healthy carpet. Using inappropriate cleaning equipment may even worsen the status of your carpets. Even dry cleaning may not effectively clean highly dirty carpets. Steam cleaning demands equipment that works on high pressure and skilled handling to remove the odors, as well as to prevent the carpet from getting damaged from the lasting moisture. Here is a brief description of some of the foremost carpet cleaning machines available in today’s market, and their cleaning processes:
Also referred to as ‘steam cleaner’, an extractor forces a cleaning solution through the carpet and draws the solution out, using a highly powerful vacuum. Certain models are equipped with a heater, as hot water is more efficient for removing oily stains and dirt. Though this arrangement offers the deepest cleaning, it leaves the carpet soggy.
Self-Contained Carpet Extractor
Often recommended for big industrial areas, the principle of operation of this equipment is similar to that of a carpet extractor, except the fact that it incorporates a brush for scrubbing the carpet while detergent is pumped into and extracted from the carpet.
It involves dry carpet cleaning and it doesn’t deep clean your carpet. It employs a bonnet, or round pad, that is positioned on a regular floor buffer. In this case, the dirt gets pulled up due to friction. Your carpet becomes dry quickly.
You’ll find that the majority of cleaning machines fall in the first two categories of machines. An important consideration is the consumption of power. Professional carpet cleaning companies employ truck mounted systems. A generator mounted on the truck supplies the required power to the machine, facilitating a very powerful suction that dries the carpet quickly. The power from the same generator is also used for heating the water which deep cleans the carpet. Domestic carpet cleaning machines working on this principle are portable and they can be plugged into a source of power at home. Since power available in homes is very low, compared to what a truck mounted generator delivers, the cleaning is not so effective, prompting many homeowners to entrust the job to professional cleaners.
While buying or hiring a carpet cleaning machine, you should keep the following in mind:
- Do not make your carpet too wet. Most of the machines offered on rent do not have sufficient power for effectively extracting the cleaning solutions. You would know that leaving the carpet moist for over 24 hours encourages the growth of bacteria and mildew.
- The pH value of the cleaning solution should be less than ten. The recommended value for carpets with natural or woolen fibers is 5-8.
- In case the carpet has already been treated to resist stains, use the recommended solution, lest the coating should get damaged.
- For quick drying it’s recommended to use fans and dehumidifiers.