Carpet Steam Cleaning Services
Process of Carpet Cleaning
- Steam-cleaning or hot water extraction initially involves the application of a detergent based solution. After appropriate dwell time, a pressurized manual or automatic cleaning tool (such as a wand) passes over the surface several times to thoroughly rinse out all residue and particulates.
- Heavily soiled areas require the application of pre-treatment’s, pre-conditioners, or “traffic-lane cleaners”, which are detergents or emulsifiers that break the binding of soils to carpet fibbers over a short period of time, are commonly sprayed onto carpet prior to the primary use of the dry-cleaning system. One chemical dissolves the greasy films that bind soils and prevent effective soil removal by vacuuming. The solution may add a solvent like d-limonene, petroleum by-products, glycol ethers, or butyl agents. The amount of time the pre-treatment “dwells” in the carpet should be less than 15 minutes, due to the thorough carpet brushing common to these “very low moisture” systems, which provides added agitation to ensure the pre-treatment works fully through the carpet.
- Post-extraction is by far the most important step in the hot water extraction process. Since the hot water extraction method uses much more water than other methods like bonnet or shampoo cleaning, proper post-extraction is critical to avoid over saturation. When carpet is saturated there is a risk that soils and residue from deep in the carpet fibber and backing will wick up to the surface resulting in browning