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Steam Cleaning Vs Other Methods

Institute of Inspection Cleaning 1. The Steam Cleaning Method

Hot water extraction is commonly referred to as "steam cleaning", even though steam is not used. Pressurized hot water, combined with a non-toxic formula chemical, is used to break up soil which is then drawn out by suction. Truck mounted hot water extraction has stronger suction and pressure than portable units. This suction helps your carpet to dry more quickly. The truck mounted system carries heated, softened water to your residence (your water is not used), and also transports the suctioned residue from your carpets and away from your property. 

When choosing a Steam Cleaning service, trust only a certified firm of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

2. The Dry Foam Method

Using the Dry Foam Method, shampoo is applied to your carpet, allowed to dry, and then sucked into a vacuum. This method can leave a residue in your carpet, which is one reason it is proven not to be very effective.

3. The Dry-Chem Method

The Dry-Chem Method is similar to the Dry Foam Method. The major difference is that a large bonnet pad is set on your carpet. Using a machine, the bonnet spins from side to side like a floor scrubber, absorbing the dirt in the carpet. Once the bonnet is saturated with dirt, another bonnet is applied. Bonnet cleaning may leave swirl marks on some carpeting, and is less effective than hot water extraction in terms of removing deep down soil and pollutants.

4. The Dry-Compound Method

An absorbent mixture that looks like wet sawdust is spread over your carpeting in the Dry-Compound Method. A machine then brushes the mixture into the carpet, which causes dirt to absorb into the mixture. When the mixture has dried, a vacuum cleaner sucks the material out of the carpeting. Since there is no rinsing method, left-over dirt and residue may remain, making this method less effective.

5. The Oscillating Pad System

The Oscillating Pad System uses a balanced pH pre-spray that, when misted on carpets, reacts with dirt and pollen. This allows it to be loosened and removed by means of a cotton pad. This method differs from the bonnet method in that the pad is cotton rather than nylon, which may be abrasive. The pad is also "jiggled" on the carpet rather than rotated, absorbing excess moisture and soil. 


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