PICKING a carpet cleaning Edmonton provider is as effortless as looking for the letter" C" in the Yellow Pages. But choosing a carpet-cleaning system that works for your place may not be so straightforward.

“ There"s five separate carpet-cleaning methods in operation presently," said Katie Buyers, spokeswoman for the Carpeting and Shag Establishment, an industry advocacy organization based in Georgia " All 5 work, as long as the professional executing the cleaning knows what she"s doing.".

Ms. Buyers explained that the 5 approaches include hot-water, dry or foam extraction; revolving shampoo and the blotting procedure.

The hot-water-extraction method– what the majority people mean any time they announce they are getting their carpets and rugs" steam shampooed"– uses a machine that sprays a hot soap blend onto the carpet and rug, and then immediately vacuums it up.

The weakness to the steam method, Ms. Buyers said, is that if it is not done correctly, the carpet and pad can get waterloged, consequently supplying a breeding ground for mold and mustiness. In addition, she pointed out, if an excessive amount of detergent is applied, or if all of the detergent is not taken out, the rug or carpet will get dirtier far sooner. Detergent left behind in a carpet and rug, she said, acts as a magnet for new dirt.

Using the dry extraction approach, on the other hand, a powdered cleaning agent composite is combed into the rug or carpet with uniquely developed machines. Soil specks within the rug or carpet bond to the cleaner and are cleared away by vacuum cleaner.

The foam-extraction procedure, Ms. Buyers said, employs the use of a froth instead of dry chemicals and the froth is sucked 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 employs moving brushes to work the solution into the fibres. The ensuing dirty lather is then taken out by wet vacuuming.

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

In the wrong hands, , the rotating brush can easily make your deep-pile rug or carpet in to a spotty mess." The absorbent-pad procedure really should be used only by a correctly qualified cleaning expert," Ms. Buyers 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, thus" emulsifying" the grime and raising it to the top.

" It"s almost like using club soda to get a spot out of your t-shirt," Mr. Manwarren said, detailing that for splotches in the carpet, the ChemDry 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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