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Which Method Cleans Best?

Dry foam: The carpet cleaner applies shampoo to your carpet, allows it to dry, and then without rinsing sucks the dried shampoo into a vacuum. Can you imagine applying shampoo to your hair, allowing it to dry and then removing the shampoo from your head with a vacuum? This method leaves dirty residue in your carpet, which is one reason dry foam is not too effective.
Absorbent pad (bonnet buffing): This method is similar to dry foam except that the company sets a large cotton bonnet on your carpet and with a floor polishing buffer machine on top ‘buffs’ the carpet. The rotating motion causes the bonnet to absorb dirt from your carpet. This method is also called bonnet buffing. Bonnet cleaning is like trying to use a large cotton towel to mop or rub the dirt out of carpets. It’s not very effective.

 Dry, absorbent powder:  The dry-compound is the driest of all methods. It spreads a moist, absorbent powder through the carpet. It is allowed to dry and then sucked into a vacuum. This method leaves dry sponge particles at the base of the carpet yarn. And because the carpet is not rinsed, this method is not very effective.
Hot water extraction: This is a fancy way of saying that a hot water cleaning solution under high pressure is forced into your carpet and then sucked out again. In a recent Technical Bulletin, Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer ‘recommends the hot water extraction system, which research indicates provides the best capability for cleaning’. This is the method we recommend for most cleaning.

On which type to choose, Shaw’s Technical Bulletin states: “Cleaning can be done from a truck mounted unit outside the facility with only the hose and wand brought inside, or where a truck mounted unit cannot reach, by a portable, self contained system brought into the facility”.

Shaw recommends extraction cleaning. And this isn’t surprising. You see, this system cleans much better because it heats the water to a high temperature – and shoots the cleaning solution into the carpet at higher pressures. This breaks up the dirt, bacteria etc. in the carpet. Then the machine produces huge vacuum volume to draw the dirt and chemicals out of your carpet. This is the method my company uses.

No question, the most effective way to clean carpeting is with a hot-water unit. It’s the most powerful cleaning machine on the market and the only machine that cleans your carpet of dirt, harmful bacteria, fungus, chemicals, pollens and tobacco residue and dust mites.

Some people believe that hot water damages your carpet, but this is not true. By washing and then rinsing your carpet with hot water, we clean your carpet completely – in the same way that the person who showers and rinses off the dirt and soap will be much cleaner than the person who only takes a sponge bath.