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The Cleaning Pie


How does it tell us the best method to use for carpet cleaning ? 

There are four pieces to the Cleaning Pie without all of these pieces the ability to remove soils is decreased. Weather your cleaning the laundry, your dishes, or even your Carpets your best results come when you use all four.
Temperature, Agitation, Chemical Action, and Time 
Think about how clean your cloths would be if you removed any of these, cold water, soap, no agitation, and for just a short period of time. The results would not be good. 


There are two primary methods of Carpet Cleaning: Dry cleaning or hot water extraction.

There are three methods of dry cleaning:

When a carpet cleaner uses dry foam they apply the shampoo to your carpet, allow it to dry, and then suck the dried shampoo into a vacuum. This method can leave a residue in your carpet, which is one reason dry foam is not very effective.This method leaves out Temperature and doesn't extract much soiling.


The dry-chem method is similar to dry foam. The major difference is that when dry-chem is used,  the company sets a large cotton bonnet on your carpet. Using a machine, the bonnet spins from side  to side, absorbing the dirt that’s in the carpet. After the bonnet is saturated with dirt, another cotton    bonnet is applied. Bonnet cleaning is like trying to use a large towel to rub the dirt out of your carpet.  Like dry foam, it is not very effective. This method also leaves out Temperature and is also not a good method of extracting.   


The dry-compound method spreads an absorbent mixture that looks like wet sawdust all over your carpeting. Then the machine brushes the mixture into the carpet, which in theory causes dirt to absorb into the mixture. When the mixture is dried, a vacuum cleaner sucks the material out of the carpeting. Because the carpet is not rinsed in any way, this method is not very effective. Temperature, and Chemical action are missing from this method.  

Hot water extraction cleaning is by far the most effective and widely recommended method in the industry. Not all carpet cleaning services provide Hot water extraction, Ultra Carpet Care does. Although With HWE, a thorough pre-vacuuming removes all the dry particulate soils from the carpet. A cleaning solution is then sprayed onto the carpet to break down the oils and greases. In some cases, the conditioner is agitated with a grooming rake or rotary brush machine to further enhance the cleaning ability. The soil and solution is then thoroughly rinsed from the carpet by combining a pressurized hot water rinse with a powerful wet vacuum. Most professionals use a truck mounted unit, which uses long solution and vacuum hoses to reach the carpet. The dirty water is deposited in a waste tank located on the truck. There are also “portable” extractors as well as residential “steam cleaners”. These operate on the same principles, but with reduced heat, water pressure, vacuum, and inferior cleaning solutions, they are usually not nearly as effective as truck mounts, and usually result in higher dry times. After the carpet has been rinse extracted, it is recommended that a quality carpet protector be re-applied to the carpet to replace the factory protector which most likely has worn off. This method has all four pieces  off the Cleaning Pie, Temperature, Agitation, Chemical Action, and Time, it allows for control of these pieces so they can be increased if the job requires. Unlike the other methods there is complete extraction of soils, Dust mites, Pollens, and Germs. 

Shaw industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, recommends hot water extraction and you can choose from two different types: Portable extraction, which is done with a small machine; or truck mounted extraction, which means the large cleaning machine is mounted in a truck or van.