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What Should You Know About Using A Carpet Cleaning Solution?

What carpet cleaning solution will the professionals typically use during textile treatment?

Textile treatment experts may use a variety of chemicals during treatment, some of them available to do-it-yourselfers, but most of them not. After vacuuming, professionals may choose to shampoo the flooring utilizing ‘steam cleaning,’ or more appropriately called ‘hot water extraction,’ or lay down a dry absorbent compound to remove the maximum amount of soil. While some of these chemicals are available to homeowners that want to treat the flooring on their own, professionals typically have access to commercial strength concentrations that improve treatment performance.

What is the difference between a wet carpet cleaning solution and dry chemical cleaning?

A wet chemical is used during shampooing and contains foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate. The purpose of shampooing is to create a heavy concentration of foam that attracts soil once it dries. Because the foam can cause resoiling if the flooring is exposed to heavy foot traffic after treatment, these chemicals often include a resin that keeps resoiling from occurring.

Dry treatment is a bit of a misnomer, as it typically requires a small amount of water to activate. Dry compounds consist of an absorbent carrier, a detergent, a solvent and a small amount of water. During the treatment, the water dissolves the soil and the absorbent compound captures it. The professional then goes over the flooring with a powerful vacuum that removes the compound and soil together.  

Hot water extraction utilizes an emulsifier, but because it is extracted, it leaves very little of the cleaning agent in the carpet.

What is more important, the carpet cleaning solution or the equipment professionals use?

Both are needed for proper treatment, but professional equipment is what makes a flooring treatment company more efficient and thorough than other options. Many of the treatment chemicals do-it-yourselfers can buy professionals use, though likely, not in the powerful concentrations that professionals have access to. However, it’s the equipment that technicians use that makes a difference. Powerful vacuums, agitators and shampooers are needed for a thorough treatment, and do-it-yourselfers don’t have access to this equipment.

In fact, professionals utilizing the hot water extraction method typically use vacuums that are truck mounted and impossible for do-it-yourselfers to find. Truck-mounted vacuums are extremely powerful, can reach all parts of the home and have an oversized capacity for heavy duty treatment.

Why should homeowners choose a professional when treating their floors?

In addition to commercial quality equipment and chemicals, professionals have access to training and expertise that makes them the best choice for treating flooring. This training is extremely important during treatment as it is a complicated process. Experts don’t just have the best equipment and chemicals; they know how to use them correctly. Do-it-yourselfers have a tendency to either put down too much shampoo or water during treatment, both of which can cause major problems.

Too much shampoo will leave a soapy residue behind even after treatment, which will cause the flooring to build up soil at a much faster rate in the future. Too much water is even worse, possibly damaging the flooring beyond repair or fostering mold growth.

Professionals are trained to avoid these problems and know how to treat each type of flooring without causing any damage. Professionals are also extremely efficient and thorough, leaving the flooring in pristine condition.

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