Why Steam Cleaners Should Always Be Certified
Steam cleaners certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, are the best educated professionals in the field. This expertise is essential for treating and restoring badly soiled carpet, and can extend the life by many years. A homeowner may be tempted into renting a piece of equipment for their own use, but this generally produces a poor result, and may not be any less expensive than bringing in a certified technician in the first place. If the goal is to deeply clean the carpeting, the best results will come with a professional’s help.
Certified steam cleaners have access to powerful, commercial-grade equipment, and this will more effectively penetrate deep into the fibers. During cleaning, the technician will inject a combination of heated water and a small amount of detergent into the carpet. The water loosens any soils that are adhered to the carpet fibers, and the detergents keep the soil particles suspended. The technician will allow the suspension process to take fully before vacuuming up the water, detergent and soil mixture, and the vacuums professionals use are also more powerful than what’s available to consumers.
The extra power ensures that very little water or detergent is left behind, and this will speed up drying and produce a better result overall. And with their extensive training, a professional will always use the appropriate detergent, guaranteeing that no damage is done during the cleaning process.