Steam Cleaning vs Dry Chemical Cleaning
Truck Mount Steam Cleaning
Shaw Industries, the world's largest carpet manufacturer, recommends hot water extraction, and you can choose from two different types: Portable extraction, which is done with a small machine, or truck mount extraction which mean the large cleaning machine is mounted in a truck or van.
1) Truck Mount Extraction: Not surprisingly, cleans much better because it heats the water to a higher temperature and shoots the cleaning solution into the carpet at higher pressure which breaks up the dirt, bacteria and pollens. Then the machine uses higher suction to draw the dirt out of the carpet.
2) Dry-Chem method: is similar to dry foam. The major difference is that when a dry-chemical is used, the company sets a large cotton bonnet on your carpet. Using a machine, the bonnet spins from side to side, absorbing the dirt in the carpet. Aftr the bonnet is saturated with dirt, another cotton bonnet is applied. Bonnet cleaning is like trying to use a large towel to rub the dirt out of your carpet. Like dry foam, it's not very effective for deep down restorative cleaning.
Three Major Misconceptions to be aware of
Misconception #1: You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet
No. Dirt is an abrasive like sandpaper. Every time you step on the carpet, you grind dirt into your carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet just as if you had used a knife, causing it to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last nearly as long as a clean carpet. While vaccuming helps by itself, it's simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out.
Misconception #2: The only reason to clean carpets is to get out the dirt.
No. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and hundreds of other chemicals. When you and your family members come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria, and chemicals in your hair, on your skin, clothing, and shoes. Not surprisingly, all those chemicals, pollens, and bacteria wind up where, you guessed it in your carpet because of gravity.
If you have allergies, asthma, mphysema, or other breathing problems, one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, and or chemicals caught in your carpet.
Misconception #3: The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.
Maybe, ... but not always. Here are two important points to consider.
Point #1: The price you see offered may not be for all the services you want performed.
Before you select a company, decide what you want to accomplish. If you want the carpet cleaner to remove only some of the dirt, you can choose from hundreds of companies that use small shampooers or other cleaning methods. You can even rent a machine at the grocery store and do the job yourself.
On the other hand, if you want your carpet thoroughly cleaned, if you want to remove the harmful dirt, bacteria, pollens, chemicals, and tobacco residues, then you need to hire a company that uses a hot water cleaner mounted in a truck. This is the only way to assure that your carpet remains healthy and free from dirt, disease-causing bacteria, and hurtful chemicals. So remember that the price you see offered may not be for the services you want performed.