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by Jason Neale
Carpets are a great addition to a home or office, but their maintenance can be agonising, more so if they have been heavily soiled with hard to remove stains. Carpets that have been inflicted with pest infestation are also problematic and would require a professional carpet cleaning service. One of the best ways of cleaning carpets is through very low moisture carpet cleaning method.
Low Moisture Cleaning VS Dry Cleaning
Low moisture carpet cleaning has been incorrectly referred to as dry cleaning, which is a completely different process. The process of dry cleaning makes use of a dry compound worked into the carpet. This dry compound absorbs the dirt and stain in the carpet. The carpet is then vacuumed to take away the dry compound along with the dirt and stain that stuck to it. The benefit of dry cleaning is that there are no wet residues left behind since no water was used in the first place. But dry cleaning has its disadvantage in that the dry compound may be left behind if the vacuum cleaner used is not powerful enough or if the vacuum process was not very thorough.
Similarity of Low Moisture Cleaning to Steam Cleaning
The low moisture method is more similar to what is commonly referred to as steam cleaning, but more accurately termed as hot water extraction. Hot water extraction involves forcing a mixture of hot water and cleaning solution into the fibres of the carpet. The dirt is then extracted using a powerful vacuum machine. Hot water extraction provides the most aggressive way of cleaning carpets, but this method could also be disastrous if there is no thorough process undertaken after the extraction process. The carpet could end up soaked with water, and the carpet could get damaged with the high temperature of the water. If care is not taken, there could also be residues in the carpet. If you are looking to hire a service that uses this method, it is best to check their after-extraction process to make sure that they thoroughly remove all residues and moisture left over from the extraction process.
Low moisture carpet cleaning is somewhere in the middle of dry cleaning and hot water extraction. In this process, a small amount of water is mixed with the cleaning solution and worked into the fabrics of the carpet. A rotating brush machine is then used to remove the dirt that within the fibres. All the residues can be removed with the help of encapsulating cleaning agents.
Any of the three methods can be effective in cleaning carpets. What is important is to make sure that the cleaning service does a thorough process to avoid any residues or dirt being left in the carpet.