Why Deep Clean
Many people believe that because they vacuum their carpets regularly, they don’t need to deep clean them. However there is a very big difference between using a vacuum cleaner and deep cleaning. While a vacuum cleaner removes dust and dirt from the surface of the carpets, it doesn’t actually clean them with detergents, and it doesn’t always reach the pile at the bottom.
How Carpet Deep Cleaning Works
Deep carpet cleaning is done with a process called spray extraction, which is still the unsurpassed carpet and upholstery cleaning system. In this process, cleaning solution is sprayed into the carpet under pressure and picked up again immediately with a high power extractor. The dirt is rinsed from deep down out of the carpet pile, and not just from the top third.
Benefits of Deep Cleaning Your Carpets
- Carpets cleaned by spray extraction stay clean longer.
- With strong vacuum suction the maximum residual dampness is only 10-15%.
- The spray extraction process is gentle and easy on carpets.
- Spray extraction is the cleaning method that nearly all carpet manufacturers recommend.
- This is the only cleaning method classified as “deep cleaning”. All the others are considered “light surface cleaning” or “interim cleaning” because they are incapable of removing soil deep in the pile.
- Other methods of cleaning leave large amounts of detergent in the carpet after cleaning, which can contribute to it getting dirty again quickly.
The Difference Between Deep Cleaning and Steam Cleaning
The spray extraction carpet cleaning method is frequently called steam cleaning due to the fine spray of water used to force dirt out of the carpet which is then sucked up by the vacuum slot immediately in front of the spray. Real steam is hardly ever used to clean carpets. The spray extraction process consists of spraying a solution of water and detergent into the carpet pile and recovering the water and dirt with a powerful vacuum into a holding tank.
Carpet Cleaning Frequency
If a carpet is cleaned before it becomes too unsightly, the cleaning chore will be easier and more successful. Allowing the carpet to become overly soiled may result in irreversible damage. It is a common myth that cleaning the carpet before it is absolutely necessary will cause it to get dirty faster. This goes back to the days when the shampoo methods were the most common, and it doesn’t really apply any more.
Carpets in a typical household should be professionally cleaned every 6-12 months depending upon the number of residents, amount and type of activity and whether the carpet is light or dark colour.