Carpet cleaning is usually done to remove dirt, stains, and allergens in carpets. Common techniques used include dry-clean, hot water extraction, steam cleaning, and vacuum carpet cleaning. Vacuum carpet cleaning involves spraying a nonabrasive cleaning liquid on the carpet and working the liquid into the carpet by using a powerful vacuum cleaner. Dry-clean carpet cleaners use liquid detergents to remove dirt particles from carpets and non-abrasive detergents to clean the carpet without damaging it.
The carpet cleaning cost is dependent on the technique you use and the type of carpet being cleaned. A good quality carpet will not cost much to clean. It is important to know how many square feet of carpet will be cleaned to determine how much it will cost. A professional cleaner can estimate the carpet cleaning cost for you based on the number of square feet to be cleaned and the amount of liquid to be used. You need to ensure that you get an accurate estimate as the cost of using the machine may differ with each cleaner.
Most carpet cleaning machines use hot water extraction for removing stains from carpets and most people are very happy with this method. In hot water extraction the dirt particles are collected into a container and removed with the help of a powerful vacuum. Some dirt particles may still be suspended in the water and the machine needs to run to the full capacity to extract all the dirt. This method is more expensive than dry cleaning but it is effective and a better option if you want to keep the carpet clean without spending too much time removing stains or doing any damage to the carpet.
Steam cleaning is one of the most common techniques used for carpet cleaning and most people prefer this method to hot water extraction. Steam cleaning involves spraying the cleaning solution onto the carpet and working it into the fibers using a special steamer. The steam is hot and it evaporates slowly so there is no risk of damaging the carpet when it is being worked. The detergent solution is left for a few minutes to give the carpet enough time to dry before being vacuumed. The whole process usually takes about an hour and if you are using detergents you can expect to spend about five dollars for every gallon of detergent. With steam cleaning it is cheaper because you do not have to buy detergent.
There are two types of drying time recommended for carpets; wet and dry. Wet-drying the carpets mean allowing them to dry on their own, after they have been cleaned. The drying time is dependent on the type of fabric, some fabrics dry much faster than others. The best way to find out is to test it yourself. If you are not sure, you should always test your carpets before they are due to be cleaned.
Dry cleaning involves spray foam that is used on the carpeting to loosen the dirt from the fibers and then it is vacuumed up. The dry times are determined again by the type of fabric being cleaned and again the best way to find out is to try it yourself. Spray foam works well on all kinds of carpeting but there may be a difference in residue removal between dry and wet cleaning. Determine what will work best for your carpeting.