If you are the type of person who likes to take care of business yourself, then here are 5 carpet cleaning methods you can explore at your leisure. All 5 are effective depending on the skill of the person doing them, so if you think you’ve got what it takes then here we go.
Hot Water Extraction
The more common term for the hot water extraction method is called “steam cleaning”. By using the appropriate machine, hot detergent solution is sprayed onto the carpet, after which it gets vacuumed immediately. However, it has to be done right otherwise the carpet will stay wet and invite mold or mildew.
This method also requires a specific machine and instead of water a dry powder detergent gets brushed into the carpet. If all goes well soil particles stuck in the carpet will bond with the powder and get vacuumed afterward.
With the rotary shampoo method you will need a machine that uses rotary brushes, which ultimately pushes the cleaning chemicals deep into the carpet. The foam that forms carries the dirt to the surface and gets “wet vacuumed”.
This is the exact opposite method of dry extraction in the sense that the dry chemicals are replaced with foam. The excess foam is vacuumed while the carpet is still wet.
Absorbent Pad (Bonnet Method)
Last but not least you can try out the absorbent pad method. Instead of chemicals being sprayed and vacuumed immediately, the chemicals are left to soak in the fiber of the carpet. After the chemicals have pushed the dirt to the surface you have to remove it using a machine with an absorbent pad underneath. The pad is rather big and it spins, much like commercial buffers do.
Take note that the absorbent pad method should never be attempted by someone who doesn’t have sufficient experience, because you can actually ruin your carpet if not done correctly.
There you have 5 of the most popular ways you can clean your carpet, although some of them might require some extra research before getting your hands dirty. The necessary equipment might be a little expensive, even when you are just renting them.
Compare the cost of hiring a professional with doing it yourself. There is no replacement for experience and with a professional you have a guarantee that the job will be done correctly. Click here for more cleaning tips.