What are the different carpet cleaning processes?
I have categorized the different carpet cleaning processes going from
weakest to strongest. I do all but recommend truck mounted steam or dual
process carpet cleaning. They clean the best and are the only one
recommended by carpet manufacturers (see below for references).
Advantages/Disadvantages are in my opinion.
Advantages: Fast drying time (about 2 hours).
Disadvantages: Works by encapsulating soil, blending in and absorption
by bonnet. Encapsulated soil in the carpet should be vacuumed to remove
residue along with soil the next day by customer. Since little water is used
Carpet Chemical needs to be stronger then steam yet leave no residue an
unlikely combination. Process has limited carpet cleaning power and strong
carpet pre sprays cannot be rinsed out. For this reason a customer must
accept that it is a light carpet cleaning. Blended soil darkens areas.
Advantages: Dries in about 4 hours. A brush is used instead
of a bonnet so soil in carpet is worked to a greater degree and more is
loosened then Chemical Bonnet.
Disadvantages: Works by encapsulating
soil only. Since more chemical is used (then Chemical Bonnet ) more must be
vacuumed out of the carpet and will therefore have more carpet residue.
Truck Mounted Steam:
Advantages: Carpet cleaning rinses and removes
soil from carpet by strong vacuum and heated solution. Can be done as rinse
only for soft bright carpet. Inks and colors can be removed with little
blending problem. Spotting carpet chemicals are rinsed and therefore can be
stronger, so red spots through urine spots can be attacked more effectively.
Since water is the primary component may or may not leave carpet residue
depending on chemical used. I use
Proscoice Powder or
, depending on soil so no residue is left.
Disadvantages: Long drying time (12
hours). If to much carpet chemical is used in wand may have same requirement
for post vacuuming as shampoo process does.
A variation is using an
RX-20 Rotary carpet wand this uses trucks vacuum strength to spin 3-4
internal mini wands. I have not seen the RX-20 do a better carpet job as you
can not edge rub like you can with a wand, or spray continuously on a single
spot. The RX-20 doesn't get corners or go under objects as well. It isn't a
degreaser or a brush like a power scrubber it does not take the place of
pretreatment of spots. in fact it is marketed to cleaners as a way to save
fatigue. Please don't confuse this cleaning process with my dual process
Truck Mounted Steam with Rotary
Advantages: Carpet is gone over twice. First carpet soil is
degreased with rotary machine (which has a brush and chemical dispenser).
The Chemical is actually an emulsifier called pro powder so leaves no
Then Carpet is steamed out with truck mounted using Pros choice Last step, to leave carpet at its cleanest
possible level soft and bright. (see steam cleaning above for link
about our chemical choice).
Disadvantage: Long drying time (12