When you notice your floors look tired and dingy, vacuuming isn’t enough. You need to call in the pros. The best method of cleaning carpets is usually steam cleaning, which removes over 90% of dirt and bacteria from carpeting. Hot water extraction method utilizes steam to release dirt and soils, and high-powered extraction equipment collects all the dirty water leaving behind only clean carpets. Dry cleaning carpeting is also effective for ensuring carpets are ready for foot traffic as quickly as possible.
Every home is different and the Shambaugh team can recommend the best method for you. The following are just a few of the most commonly used techniques in a true carpet cleaning expert’s bag of tricks.
Otherwise known as steam cleaning, this is easily the most common professional carpet cleaning technique. The cleaning process begins with the application of a cleaning agent onto the target area. The cleaning agent is then spread via brush, breaking up dirt. Hot water at high pressure penetrates carpet fibers, breaking down the dirt and bacteria stored deep within. The hot water is then extracted via vacuum.
Steam cleaning can take an hour to clean an average home, and twice that for carpet to dry. Low-powered home units can often leave moisture in the carpet, which can take upwards of 24 hours to dry. Offices and other commercial properties can take much longer. In some cases, a few hours of damp carpets simply isn’t an option.
Absorbent compound cleaning, or “dry carpet cleaning”, uses chemicals that bind to dirt and other substances in your carpet. Most of the time, a mechanical brush is used to distribute absorbent compounds and disrupt dirty fibers, separating dirt from the carpet fibers. Then, it is vacuumed up with a professional-strength dry vacuum.
This technique is best for those who need a deep clean but want to avoid wet carpets altogether. However, most carpet cleaning professionals do not use encapsulation on heavily soiled carpets; it is simply not as effective. In the end, recognizing the best solution requires both education and experience.
Area rugs can be more fragile (and valuable) than wall to wall carpets. If you’re looking for area rug cleaning services that goes beyond a simple vacuuming job, contact the Shambaugh team. They use a special in-plant rug cleaning treatment and process that will guarantee your rugs are fresh and like new when returned to your home.
Pets, dust, and the daily wear and tear of life can give your carpet quite a beating. Dirty carpets not only negatively affect the appearance of your home, but it can affect your health and indoor air quality.
Shambaugh Cleaning & Restoration is a family-owned company, providing professional carpet, tile, rug, upholstery, and air duct cleaning services. In business since 1985, they use only the best and most effective carpet cleaning equipment and methods to leave your carpets clean and fresh. Refresh and renew your living space with Shambaugh Carpet Services.