Frequent vacuuming helps clear the dust; but, for deep cleaning of carpets in order to get rid of stains and bacteria, some intense methods are required. The most commonly used cleaning method is to shampoo the carpets. However, shampooing comes with a host of side effects of its own, the most predominant being some form of leftover residue on the carpet, which are generally harmful chemicals that are components of the shampoo itself. Apart from being quite harmful, especially for toddlers crawling around the house or picking things off the floor to put in their mouths, the chemicals can also harm the carpet as the temporary agents act on the fiber to make it rough or worn out.
Intense Carpet Cleaning
We require intense carpet cleaning at least once a month to remove tough stains, oily sticky soil, cooking vapors, tracked-in dirt etc. The frequency of such intestinal cleaning is low as the popular cleaning methods, if used frequently, can adversely affect the carpet's life and also make its color dull.
Zero Residue Carpet Cleaning
The harmful chemicals present in the shampoo used for regular carpet cleaning methods penetrate into the fiber and cause a sticky surface. Here, the next time someone walks in with muddy feet or the dog prances with its soiled feet, the soil sticks to the shampoo residue to create a dirt patch. There are a few zero residue carpet cleaning methods where shampoos are not used as cleaning agents, but other mild chemicals are used to break the dirt and they are then wiped away with intense cleaning methods.
Hot Water Extraction
The most highly recommended carpet cleaning method, suggested by 25 out of 27 carpet manufacturers, is hot water extraction, which cleans the carpet and helps keep it looking new. This process involves using a preconditioner, which contains certain chemicals that break up accumulated dirt or stains, following which a wand is used to pass super heated water through the carpet to thoroughly rinse and extract the preconditioner along with the built-up residual of the shampoo used previously and the dirt particles trapped in the carpet fiber. The hot water and cleaning agents are released into the carpet at a high pressure to loosen dirt, soil, and grime, following which a high powered vacuum removes the hot water mixed with all the dirt and stains in the carpet.
The hot water is filtered to bring the pH levels back to neutral, making the carpet free of harmful chemicals and safe for toddlers to crawl on.
Benefits of Hot Water Extraction
The key benefits of hot water extraction include:
• It is the safest process to ensure no chemicals are left behind, making the carpet safe for the kids.
• It does not cut down the carpet life after every cleaning.
• The method ensures that the pH levels, resulting from the use of chemical based agents, are completely neutralized by the end of the process.
• No shampoos are used; there, there is no dirt attractive residual left behind on the carpet.
You must, however, consult with the cleaners beforehand for their suggestions for the most suitable cleaning method for the carpets in your house. They may suggest better alternatives with the same effects based on the carpet material.