But what is Steam Cleaning?
Basically Steam cleaning is using high pressure hot water (steam) to clean and sanitize the carpet. The best comparison can be made when thinking of washing your hair:-
– Allow shampoo to soak into hair (the pre-spray is given “dwell time” – time to soak into the carpet and loosen heavy soils and bacteria).
– Rinse shampoo with hot water (A carpet cleaning machine is used with hot water extraction. Hot water is sprayed onto the carpet and extracted back up).
– The hair is given a final rinse and dried (the carpet is vacuumed with another pass of the carpet cleaning vacuum wand. This eliminates almost 95% of the water leaving the carpet with minimal moisture and ensures maximum drying efficiency).
So what is hot water extraction?
It is steam cleaning. The carpet cleaning machine forces at high pressure hot water into the carpet penetrating deep into the fibers.
There are a number of advantages to this process:-
– The high heat will kill bacteria, mold, fungus and dust mites.
– Using pressurized steam assures penetration to the bottom of the fibers ensuring deep embedded dirt is removed.
– Strong vacuuming removes a majority of the water leaving the carpet with minimal moisture.
– Allows longer dwell time (the time that the chemical shampoo is left in your carpet) for soil and chemical agitation
– Steam Cleaning is the most widely used method and is the majority of the cleaning market over dry
– Steam cleaning will not disrupt the pile of your carpet.
– Will not leave soapy residue on carpet. Left over soap will attract dirt much quicker than clean soap-free carpet.
– Is the recommended way to clean carpet by some of the worlds leading carpet Manufacturers.
– Is considered more sanitary than other cleaning methods. You can read more here.