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Carpet Cleaning, The Pros and Cons: Springfield MO.

Carpet Cleaning, The Pros and Cons: Springfield MO.

Steam Cleaning

How it works

Known as hot water extraction or steam cleaning, the carpet is first pre-conditioned with a chemical reagent that liquefies dirt, soils and oil-based soils, which are present in the carpet fibers. Water is heated to a temperature near its boiling point and pressurized, then sprayed through a cleaning wand and extracted immediately pulling back up the water, chemical cleaning solutions, and the dirt. Several strokes may be needed to remove all the soil fallowed by a dry stroke to remove up to 95% of the moisture.


•    Gets out soiling from deep down in the carpet

•    Allows the use of high temperatures, pressures and the strongest cleaning solutions as they will be rinsed away.

•    Permits extended dwell times for reaction of cleaning solvents.

•    Chemical reactivity facilitated by agitation with grooming tool or extraction wand.

•    Most widely used method.

•    Recommended by carpet manufacturers and industry cleaning experts and professionals.


•    Relatively long drying time, 2-6 hrs. depending on humidity and air circulation, but this can be reduced with the use of powerful equipment by competent technicians.

•    Expensive equipment usually required for maximum efficiency.

•    Relatively high cost factors





2. Cleaning with an absorbent pad (bonnet cleaning)

How it works

This method is also commonly known as bonnet cleaning and is most often used for routine light maintenance. It can also be used for regular carpet cleaning. The carpet is first vacuumed, and then a chemical solution is sprayed unto it with a hand pump or electric sprayer. The solution is allowed to stay on the carpet for a suitable dwell or reaction time.

The absorbent pad or bonnet, which looks like a towel, is placed on the drive block of a rotary floor machine and spun over the carpet surface at 100 to 300 rpm. This action serves to impregnate the carpet fibers with the chemical solution and then pick it up with the soils afterwards.


•    Fast, simple.

•    Can remove soils with lightly soiled carpets.


•    Only cleans the top one-third of carpet fibers, incapable of reaching deeper down.

•    Leaves dirt and chemicals to accumulate at the bottom of the carpet fibers causing re-soiling in a short amount of time.

•    Not effective in removing pet odors.

•    Cheap equipment costs attracting untrained start-up companies.



3. Dry cleaning with an absorbent compound

How it works

A sawdust looking powder that has been mixed with solvents and cleaning agents is spread over the carpet, and then worked into the carpet fibers with a machine fitted with counter-rotating brushes. The powder absorbs soils in the carpet fibers. After it’s allowed to set on the carpet for 10 to 15 minutes, it’s vacuumed up.


              •    Very simple system with no special technical training required.

•    Very fast drying, it typically only takes about 20 minutes before the carpet can be back in service.


•    Powder may be trapped in plush pile carpets and left to build up over time.

•    Can cause excessive dust build-up in the home.

•    Unable to clean deep down into the carpet.

•    Does not remove pet odor problems.

•    Does not sanitize carpet or remove dust mites or bacteria.

•    Cheap equipment costs attracting untrained start-up companies.


4. Dry foam or rotary shampoo method

How it works

A cleaning agent is applied to the carpet to help suspend dirt and debris in the carpet, which is then whipped into foam and worked into the carpet fibers with the rotating brushes of a machine. After a short dwell time, the foam is extracted with a vacuum.


•    Fast, simple to apply.

•    Rotating brushes provide excellent agitation

•    Small amount of moisture allows fast drying of carpet.


•    Unable to achieve thorough soil extraction below the surface of the carpet.

•    Does not remove deep down soils and is unable to rinse away cleaning chemicals.

•    Does not sanitize the carpet and re-soiling is likely.

•    Cheap equipment costs attracting untrained start-up companies.

•    High temperatures usually not achieved.

•    Excessive wetting possible with equipment malfunction.

Call Ultra Carpet Care Of Springfield, MO. for professional carpet cleaning. We have state of the art truck mounted equipment that will steam clean your carpets removing deep down soils, dust mites and rinsing away pollutants leaving your carpet 95% dry and squeaky clean.

Call us today to schedule your appointment. (417) 459-1971

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