Best Way to Clean Your Carpets

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Best Way to Clean Your Carpets

As a consumer, you have many options to choose from when it comes to the flooring in your home. Whether you are looking to revive existing carpet or install new, make sure you do your research to determine the proper method to best maintain your carpet. So how do you know what is the best way?

First determine which method of cleaning is best for you. Do your research. As technology improves, so do methods of cleaning. But your two basic methods are “steam cleaning” and chemical cleaning. And their names pretty much state the process.

A steam cleaning using hot water extraction to fully penetrate the carpet fibers, down to the backing. This process has been shown to remove 97% of dirt and bacteria from your carpet. This deep clean is also a great method for heavily soiled areas and difficult stains. Because this method focuses on a thorough rinse, more water is used and may increase your dry time. So plan accordingly if you choose to steam clean. Many factors can affect the dry time of newly cleaned carpet. Plan to let the area dry for at least 1-2 hrs. In some cases, carpets may dry sooner unless humidity is high. This could cause the carpet to still be damp the next day.

A chemical cleaning can be just as effective in removing dirt and stains. However, as the name suggests, a chemical solution is applied to the carpet to remove dirt and soil. You may have also heard this method called “a dry shampoo”. Even though this term is loosely used, the name does not mean that this process is completely dry. Chemical cleanings use significantly less water than the steam cleaning method and generally dry faster. For families who are concerned about chemical exposure, steam cleaning might be a better option. Please, do your research to determine which cleaning would best suite your lifestyle.

We recommend asking your family and friends who they would refer and which method has worked best for them. Surely you know someone who has a first hand experience or knows someone who they would recommend, or not recommend. Word of mouth is the best way to get the ball rolling.

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