Recommended carpet cleaning process
Vacuum frequently. By vacuuming carpet you remove
damaging grit that wears down carpet it also removes soils before they build
up. I still prefer a bag based vacuum over a bag less and a well made
lighter unit. My personal choices are a Sanitaire for work and a Riccar for
home. But really most issues are from having an older broken unit and even a
new 60.00 vacuum will beat an older poorly maintained unit.
Truck mounted steam or hot water extraction (same thing) is
recommended once per year. Hot water extraction is the proper name for steam
cleaning and the industry has been trying to change it for years but it is
the same thing. Its actually hot water that hits the carpet not steam and
its extracted through a strong truck mounted vacuum not left on the carpet.
So the name makes sense its just not in full use yet. And truck mounted hot
water extraction is a pretty big mouthful.
So what is the recommended
carpet cleaning process? The cleaning industry allows numerous cleaning methods
so does not discriminate. To get a quantitative answer we must go to the
carpet manufactures websites directly. While some list processes other then
steam they are the smaller carpet manufacturers which generally make specialty rugs
and not wall to wall residential carpet. There are 3 carpet
are responsible for about 90% of all US carpet, so they are the three to pay
attention to. All three recommend hot water
extraction (steam) as their preferred method. Here are the links to the actual
carpet manufacturers to see
recommended page. Some actually require truck mounted steam cleaning yearly
for warranty. It is understandable as soil cannot be rubbed or soaped
out but needs some kind of extraction.
Carpet Manufactures also recommend using non residue forming chemicals
and founded CRI to approve chemicals for carpet cleaning. Here is
a very through guide CRI has produced to care for your carpet, including: care,
problems, cleaning, and spotting.
It's available here