While there are many choices when selecting a rug cleaning company for your home or business, it is important to understand the different types of rug cleaning methods used by different companies as not all rug cleaning methods work for your rug.
Here are the types of rug cleaning in the market:
1. Hot Water Extraction Cleaning
Commonly known as steam rug cleaning, hot water extraction cleaning use high pressured hot water to agitate the rug fiber and dissolve dirt in the rug. Hot water extraction cleaning typically involves application of cleaning agent on soiled surface, agitation of the rug with brush and then followed by rinsing. After cleaning agent settle in the rug for a short duration, the rug will be "washed" by a rug cleaning equipment to rinse the cleaning agent thoroughly and finally left to dry in room or air conditioned temperature.
An average sized rug would normally take about 2 hours to clean and will take at least 4 hours to dry. Most cleaning companies would advise rug to be cleaned in the late afternoon so that after cleaning is done, the rug can be left to dry over night and allow you to resume our normal routine the next morning.
2. Rug Shampooing
Shampoo rug cleaning was popular till encapsulation technology was introduced in 1970s. While shampooing of rug may seem to be effective in cleaning heavily soiled rugs, the technology’s disadvantage is that it leaves behind a high amount of wet foam residue in the rug that takes a long time to dry. Because no rinsing is done after shampooing and then a rapid re-soiling of rug occurs making this cleaning method less popular than others, it then becomes sticky when it dries.
Loosened dirt particles in rug fibers will be encapsulated into powder when the applied cleaning foam dries and, finally, vacuumed or brushed when the foam dries after cleaning. The foam encapsulation cleaning technique has overtaken rug shampooing technology as the former uses less water during cleaning which result in shorter drying time compared to the rug shampooing.
Encapsulation rug cleaning has shown good cleaning results, this cleaning method has not been able to thoroughly clean heavy soiling rug because of the technology’s limitation.
4. Bonnet Cleaning
This rug cleaning method produces a good surface cleaning result as the process mainly involve cleaning the top part of the rug fiber using a heavy duty motorized machine with a spinning pad that has been immersed with cleaning solution to absorb dirt from the rug surface.
Bonneting is popular in hotels because it can give a quick fix solution to clean rug in heavy traffic public area that require rug to be cleaned without much moisture and can dry quickly to prevent causing inconvenience to hotel guests.
Because bonneting does not clean rug deeply, dirt beneath the rug would emerge back to the surface within a short period of time, causing the rug to get soiled again quickly. Bonneting also tends to cause accumulation of chemical residue in the rug as pressure from the heavy machine on the spinning pad push the applied chemical and remaining dirt into the rug.
5. Dry Rug Cleaning
Cleaning compound is typically made of biodegradable material that works like micro-sponges, which can effectively absorb dissolved dirt in the rug and can be removed thoroughly at the end of the cleaning process.
Different dry rug cleaning equipment manufacturers differentiate themselves by developing their own cleaning compound or powders formula and customizing their equipment design and function.
The highlight of dry rug cleaning is the application of cleaning compound or powder into the bottom part of rug using a motorized counter rotating brush machine to open up the rug fiber and allow the compound to settle inside, resulting in thorough deep rug cleaning result.
Dry rug cleaning or compound cleaning is one of the latest cleaning technologies found in the market and has gained increasing popularity and approvals by leading rug manufacturers because of its effective cleaning performance and convenience as it does not require drying time.
Since dry rug cleaning technology was invented in 1980s, there are many types of cleaning compounds or powders that have been developed in the market. As this cleaning technology is considered relatively new compared to other conventional wet rug cleaning methods that have been trusted and used for decades, many still doubt the effectiveness of this cleaning technology.
6. Citrus Based Cleaning Process
The process is pretty simple. A light pre-spray of the citrus solution is applied to the entire rug area with a heavier concentration on those more heavily soiled areas. A rotary brush is used with a dirtnapper system. The bonnet and brush system cleans the carpet fiber and wicks up debris from deep within the rug. The final step uses a dry vacuum to complete the process leaving the rug fully clean.|The most effective rug cleaning process uses a citrus-based solvent cleaning solution. The bonnet and brush system cleans the carpet fiber and wicks up debris from deep within the rug. The final step uses a dry vacuum to complete the process leaving the rug fully clean.}The most effective rug cleaning process uses a citrus-based solvent cleaning solution. The bonnet and brush system cleans the carpet fiber and wicks up debris from deep within the rug. The final step uses a dry vacuum to complete the process leaving the rug fully clean.
The Citrus based cleaning method has proven to be a healthier more effective way to clean and protect rugs. It also has the ability to maintain the appearance of the rug and at the same time minimize allergens that are accumulated in the rug fibers.
If you would like to learn more about this Citrus based cleaning method give us at call. We are CitruSolution Rug Cleaning in Alpharetta GA at (678) 820-6390. We’ll answer all your questions and explain our process in more detail and provide you a FREE no hassle "Exactimate".