Carpet Steam Cleaning: A Deep Clean for Your Floors

Carpet steam cleaning, also known as hot water extraction, is a popular and long-used method for deep cleaning carpets. This process involves using hot water and a cleaning solution to loosen, dissolve and remove dirt, grime, and other pollutants from your carpets, such as grease and oils. The solution is then extracted along with the dirt, leaving your carpets clean and refreshed.

Steam cleaning has many benefits over other methods, but one of the biggest benefits of carpet steam cleaning is that it effectively removes deep-seated dirt and allergens that can cause health problems. Additionally, it is highly effective against a wide range of stains, including pet stains, wine spills, and coffee spills.

​It’s important to note that carpet steam cleaning is a wet cleaning process, so your carpets will take, on average, 4-6 hours to dry after the cleaning is complete. Sometimes, to quicken the drying process, you may opt for floor air movers that fan air along the floor to reduce drying time. The carpet steam cleaning or hot water extraction process is typically completed in a single day, depending on the size of the area or if it’s a residential dwelling, so you won’t have to wait too long to enjoy your freshly cleaned carpets.

One of our tools used for steam cleaning. A stainless steel wand that delivers steam and extracts dirt and stains from the carpet
Common areas that get high traffic get great results from steam cleaning, as seen in this photo. Our steam cleaning process extracts traffic dirt and revitalises the area.

Carpet Dry Cleaning: A Quick and Convenient Option

Carpet dry cleaning is an alternative to steam cleaning and also fast becoming frequently used in the industry. For those who want a quick and convenient option for cleaning their carpets, carpet dry cleaning would be the ideal solution. This method uses special cleaning powders or detergents that are spread over the carpet and then worked into the fibres using a rotary machine. The rotary machine has pads that agitate the powder or detergent into the carpet’s floors. The cleaning powders attract and absorb dirt, grime, and other pollutants, which can then be easily removed using a vacuum.

​One of the biggest benefits of carpet dry cleaning is that it’s a quick and convenient option for cleaning your carpets. There’s no need to wait for your carpets to dry after the cleaning is complete, so you can enjoy your freshly cleaned floors almost immediately.

​Additionally, carpet dry cleaning is a great option for those who have allergies or sensitivities to moisture, as the process can use no water but the powdered solution or low moisture that doesn’t use much water or liquid cleaning solutions. This also makes it an ideal option for those who live in areas with low humidity or where drying time can be an issue.

Dry cleaning can yield some spectacular results if done right. This picture shows the results from a
rental property that was dry-cleaned.

Ideally, both options are a great way to clean your carpets, both carpet steam cleaning and carpet dry cleaning have their own unique benefits and limitations. Choose the method that’s right for you based on your specific needs and preferences.

For a detailed comparison of Steam cleaning vs Dry cleaning of carpets, check out our blog post here Titled: Is Steam or Dry Cleaning Better for Your Carpets?

Don’t Let Stains Ruin Your Carpet: A Simple Guide to Spot Cleaning

Carpet spot cleaning is a process of removing targeted and localised stains or spills from a carpet. The secret is not to leave a stain unattended for a long period of time. It’s important to act quickly when a spill occurs to prevent the stain from setting in. Here are some steps for effective carpet spot cleaning:

  1. Blot the stain: Use a clean cloth or paper towel to gently blot the stain and absorb as much of the spill as possible. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the stain, as this can spread it further into the carpet fibres and damage the carpet.
  2. Determine the type of stain: Different stains require different cleaning solutions. For example, blood stains require a different approach than wine or coffee stains. If you have pets, then that will require a different solution and steps. Check out our post on Removing Pet Stains From Carpet.
  3. Use a cleaning solution: There are many commercial carpet cleaning solutions available, but you can also make your own using some available household items already available. A common solution is a mixture of white vinegar and water. Spray the solution onto the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.
  4. Blot the stain again: Use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot the stain and absorb the cleaning solution. This is important to remove residue from the cleaning solution. Repeat the process until the stain is no longer visible.
  5. Let it dry: Leave the carpet to air dry completely. Avoid walking on the spot, as this can cause the stain to spread or set deeper into the carpet fibers.

Note: Always test any cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet first to ensure it doesn’t damage or discolour the carpet.

Some household stains can use the step-by-step guide. But for a major spill, such a juice spill (shown in the photo), a professional with the right solution and equipment can help remove this before it becomes permanent. We used a specific solution and steam cleaning to extract the juice and any residue to get a spectacular result.

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