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Carpet Cleaning Methods

There are many types of carpet cleaning methods, but many of these methods are outdated in their application and can cause harm to the carpet or fabric. These common cleaning methods fall under three main categories:

  • Steam Cleaning
  • Shampooing
  • Dry Cleaning

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is also called “Hot Water Extraction”, and it entails the use of super heated soaps, shampoos or chemicals. This mixture is heavily sprayed onto the carpet, then extracted out with a suction unit, leaving most carpets wet for many hours to several days. This of course can cause mold, odors, and water damage to your carpet and floors. The “cleaned” spots ultimately end up attracting dirt more quickly, causing the stains to “reappear”. This is because it’s very difficult to remove soaps, shampoos, and detergents from the carpet, as they leave residue behind that attracts new dirt more quickly. Steam cleaning can also cause the carpet to feel “different” after cleaning. This is because the hot temperatures can remove the natural oils from the carpet, making it feel dry or coarse after it is cleaned.


Shampooing generally uses many different types of cleaning equipment, but leads to the same result as Steam Cleaning. Stains “reappear” because the shampoo residue attracts new dirt more quickly, and the carpet can feel dry after cleaning.

Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning is the least popular of the carpet cleaning methods, and is not used as often as it once was. All dry cleaning methods use a type of dry cleaning solvent in the carpet cleaning process (similar to solvents used to dry clean clothes). This system is very safe, but not very thorough, and it too may leave residue behind that attracts dirt.


In my next blog I will discuss a newer technology for carpet cleaning, one that is safe, eco-friendly, effective, and does not cause stains to reappear after cleaning.

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