Experts recommend shampooing your carpets every six months to keep them free of dirt and allergens that can settle in deeper than you can remove with a regular vacuuming session. But it can be difficult to know what is the best method and whether to do it yourself or bring in the experts. Here are some common methods to help you decide what’s best for you and your carpets.
Hot water extraction
Using a special machine, hot water and detergent is pushed deeper into the carpet fibres. Drying times can vary, and it can be done using either a portable appliance or a larger unit with a hose by professional firms.
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Hot steam is piped using a specialised machine into the carpet, getting dirt out even from deep down in the carpet. Professional equipment can reduce drying times, and because of the high temperatures involved you may want to bring in a Cheltenham carpet cleaning company such as GNC Contract Services to do this for you.
Dry carpet cleaning
Using little or no moisture, but chemicals instead, this mixes professional grade cleaning agents and solvents that are worked into the carpet with a machine before being left to penetrate and then hoovered up. It can be quick and convenient as no drying time is required.
A Carpet Cleaning company can help you choose the technique that’s best for you, and they will also ensure that all chemicals and hot water are used safely. It may be that at different times you will find each of these methods best suit your needs – perhaps you are moving into a new house and want to start with a deep steam clean. Or if you have had a party perhaps freshening up and treating any surface stains with a dry clean is a quick but thorough method to use.
Before you start trying the right carpet cleaning company or method for your floors, clean up using your regular vacuum, and move furniture to clean the carpet underneath; then you’ll have primed your floors for the best results from the deep cleaning.