CHOOSING a carpet cleaning Edmonton provider is as quick and easy as looking for the letter" C" in the Yellow Pages. Choosing a carpet-cleaning procedure that works for you may not be so basic.

“ There"s five separate carpet-cleaning strategies in operation presently," said Katie Smuckers, spokeswoman for the Carpeting and Shag Establishment, an industry promotion organization based in Georgia " All of them work, as long as the individual executing the cleaning knows what he"s doing.".

Ms. Smuckers explained that the 5 procedures include hot-water, dry or foam extraction; rotary shampoo and the blotting procedure.

The hot-water-extraction technique– what the majority people mean any time they mention they are getting their carpets and rugs" steam shampooed"– uses an apparatus that applies a hot soap mixture onto the rugs and carpets, and after that immediately vacuums it out.

The weakness to the steam method, Ms. Smuckers said, is that if it is not done correctly, the carpet and padding can get waterloged, consequently providing a birthplace for mold and mustiness. She said, if too much soap is used, or in the event that all the soap is not taken out, the rug or carpet will get dirtier sooner. Detergent left in a carpet and rug, she said, serves as a magnet for new dirt.

Using the dry-extraction process, on the other hand, a powdered soap composite is combed into the rug or carpet with uniquely developed machines. Soil fragments within the rug or carpet bond to the chemicals and are cleared away by vacuum cleaner.

The foam-extraction procedure, Ms. Smuckers said, employs the use of a froth instead of powdered chemicals and the froth is vacuumed away from the rug or carpet while it is still damp.

With the rotary-shampoo technique, she mentioned, the washing solution is forced into the rug or carpet by a piece of equipment that uses moving brushes to work the solution into the fibres. The ensuing dirty suds are then gotten rid of by wet vacuuming.

Ms. Smuckers said, there is the absorbent-pad, or" bonnet," strategy. With this strategy, she said, compounds are sprayed into the carpets and rugs piles and after they have an opportunity to work their magic by percolating the dirt up to the surface, the chemicals are removed by a device with a big round absorbent spinning brush like the ones on the bottom of a commercial floor waxing machine.

In the wrong hands, , the revolving brush can easily make your deep-pile rug or carpet in to a torn mess." The absorbent-pad procedure really should be used only by a correctly qualified cleaning technician," Ms. Smuckers said.

And Phil Manwarren is just such a pro.

Our cleanup technique is so different from steam-cleaning and shampooing that it isn"t even remotely close," said Mr. Manwarren, the owner of the Carbonated south east business in stevens Crest, Pa

With the Chem clean technique, he said, the washing solution is sprayed into the carpeting then it begins to bubble, consequently" emulsifying" the grime and moving it to the top.

" It"s almost like using club soda to get a spot out of your t-shirt," Mr. Manwarren said, illustrating that for spills in the carpet, the Carbonated organization has a wide array of spot cleaners.

And the greatest thing regarding our system is that it use about one tenth of the water used with steam-cleaning and shampooing. And that means your rug or carpet will be dry in sixty minutes instead of a day.".

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