Different carpet cleaning methods can be used depending on your needs, time constraints, and carpet type. Hot water extraction—not to be confused with steam cleaning—involves thorough vacuuming, and brushing in a cleaning agent that is rinsed out about 15 minutes later with a high-pressure jet of hot water. Allow 12 to 24 hours for the carpet to dry for this method. Steam cleaning involves a higher temperature water and may set stains rather than eliminate them.
Dry cleaning requires more time for the technician to complete. This method uses a machine that works soft, synthetic particles into the carpet, which collect dirt. The particles and dirt are then vacuumed up. Encapsulation cleaning is also a dry process and is used mostly for commercial carpets.
Upholstery cleaning is more material specific. A furniture tag marked with a ‘W’ usually requires water-based cleaning, which is generally for synthetic fibers. An ‘S’ on the tag typically means the fabric needs a solvent-based (or dry) cleaning method. For any cleaning method to be most effective, proper carpet maintenance is pivotal. Find a local carpet and upholstery cleaning Best Pick for all your cleaning, restretching, and patching needs.