I have heard that cleaning my carpet makes it soil faster. Is this true? I have had my carpet cleaned, but the spots have reappeared. What should I do? Do you guarantee removal of all spots or stains in the carpet? After my carpet was cleaned, it has bubbles or ripples in the carpet. What caused this? Will carpet cleaning get rid of fleas in my carpet? Why do your prices vary from other carpet cleaners? How do you guarantee customer satisfaction? CARPET PROTECTION Why should I have a protector applied to my cleaned carpets? Does carpet come with a protector? How does your deodorizer work to remove odors? UPHOLSTERY CLEANING How often do manufacturers recommend professional cleaning? How does Stanley Steemer clean upholstered furniture? The tag on my furniture recommends a dry cleaning method. Can Stanley Steemer clean it? What does professional cleaning do to the protective coating I purchased with my upholstered furniture? How long will it take my furniture to dry? LEATHER CLEANING Why should I have my leather professionally cleaned? What is the difference between my household leather cleaner and the Stanley Steemer system? Do manufacturers recommend professional leather cleaning? If so, how often? What types of leather does Stanley Steemer clean? Can Stanley Steemer clean the leather upholstery in my vehicle? How does Stanley Steemer clean my leather? What can I expect from professional leather cleaning? TILE & GROUT CLEANING Why should I have my tile & grout cleaned? How do you clean my tile & grout? How often should I have my floor cleaned? How long will it take to have my tile floor cleaned?
Why should I have my grout lines sealed? How long do I have to stay off the floor after sealant has been applied? Do I have to use a special floor cleaner if I have the sealant applied? What is clear seal? What is color seal? NATURAL STONE CLEANING What types of Natural Stone does Stanley Steemer service? What Natural Stone Surfaces does Stanley Steemer service? How can I tell if I have natural stone or ceramic/porcelain tile? How often should I have my stone floor cleaned? How long will it take to have my stone floor cleaned? Why should I have my stone and grout lines sealed? How long do I have to stay off the floor after sealant has been applied? Do I have to use a special floor cleaner if I have the sealant applied? AIR DUCT CLEANING Do all Stanley Steemer locations offer air duct cleaning? What certifications does Stanley Steemer have for air duct cleaning? Why should I have my air ducts cleaned? Why should I have my entire system cleaned at the same time? Do I need to have my air ducts cleaned if my house is new? HARDWOOD CLEANING How do you clean hardwood floors? Do you offer any kind of sealant to protect the floor after cleaning? EMERGENCY WATER EXTRACTION SERVICES How do I get in touch with Stanley Steemer if I have a water emergency? What can I expect from the restoration experts? Carpet cleaning, for appearance, and the removal of stains, dirt, and allergens is done through several methods. Clean carpets are recognized by manufacturers as being more visually pleasing, potentially longer-lasting, and probably healthier than poorly maintained carpets. Contents [hide] 1 Hot Water Extraction 2 Dry-cleaning 2.1 Dry compound 2.2 Encapsulation 2.3 Bonnet 2.4 Shampoo 2.5 Dry foam carpet cleaning 2.6 Vacuum wash 3 Household processes 3.1 Vacuum 3.2 Stain removal 3.3 Other 3.4 Misconceptions 4 References Hot Water Extraction For more details on this topic, see Hot water extraction. Although there is an actual steam cleaning industrial process, in the context of carpet cleaning, "steam cleaning" is, in fact, hot water extraction cleaning. The hot water extraction cleaning method uses equipment that sprays heated water, sometimes with added cleaning chemicals, on the carpet. Simultaneously, the water is vacuumed up, along with any dislodged and dissolved dirt. Many carpet manufacturers recommend professional hot water extraction as the most effective carpet cleaning method. Actual steam could damage man-made carpet fibers or shrink natural fibers such as wool. Hot water extraction equipment may be a portable unit that plugs into an electrical outlet, or a truck mount carpet cleaner requiring long hoses from the truck or trailer. Truck mounted equipment may be used where electricity is unavailable (e.g. if electrical service was terminated). Truck mount carpet cleaning may be unsuited to premises distant from a driveway or road, and hoses may need to pass through windows to reach upper floors of a building. Hoses needed for truck mount and professional portable carpet cleaning may present an inconvenience or tripping hazard to users of hallways, and pets or children can escape through doors that must be left ajar for hoses. Heated or air conditioned air will also escape from buildings when doors are left open for hoses, potentially creating a significant waste of energy. Truck mounted carpet cleaning equipment minimizes noise in the room being cleaned, but truck mounted carpet
The solution may add a solvent like d-limonene, petroleum byproducts, glycol ethers, or butyl agents. The amount of time the pretreatment dwells in the carpet should be less carpets, needle felt, and other carpet types whose construction inhibits sufficient water extraction. Vacuum wash This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (March 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Vacuum washing employs a washhead that sprays water without detergent and immediately removes it by suction, creating a swirl of water. This ensures high cleaning performance, extracting the dirt from the carpet to a depth of half inch. By immediately reabsorbing the wash water, the drying time greatly shortened. This method is suitable for intermediate and basic cleaning. Because it does not require cleaning products, it leaves no detergent residue. Vacuum washing has long been in use in Europe, mostly in larger train and bus companies, schools, and historic preservation. The system works on all surfaces which are water resistant (carpet, upholstered furniture, wooden floors, stone, plastics). A great advantage is that this system works without brushes or pads so there is no abrasion on pile. Household processes Other household carpet-cleaning processes are much older than industry standardization, and have varying degrees of effectiveness as supplements to the more thorough cleaning methods accepted in the industry. Vacuum For more details on this topic, see Vacuum cleaner. Vacuum cleaners use air pumps to create partial vacuums to suck up dust and dirt, usually from floors and carpets. Filtering systems or cyclones collect dirt for later disposal.
Modern carpet cleaning equipment use rotary vacuum heads and spray jets to deep clean the carpet through hundreds of multi-directional cleaning passes. Some add steam and agitation. Models include upright (dirty-air and clean-air), canister and backpack, wet-dry and pneumatic, and other varieties. Robotic vacuum cleaners have recently become available. Stain removal Cleaned and uncleaned areas of a carpet Tea leaves and cut grass were formerly common for floor cleaning, to collect dust from carpets, albeit with risks of stains. Ink was removed with lemon or with oxalic acid and hartshorn; oil with white bread or with pipe clay; grease fats with turpentine; ox gall and naphtha were also general cleaners. Ammonia and chloroform were recommended for acid discoloration. Benzine and alum were suggested for removing insects; diatomaceous earth and material similar to cat litter are still common for removing infestations. Candle wax is removed by placing a towel over the affected carpet area and applying steam from a clothes iron until the wax absorbs into the towel. Some traditional methods of stain removal remain successful and ecological. Caution should be addressed when treating natural fibers such as wool. The longer the stain material remains in the carpet, the higher the chance of permanent color change, even if all the original stain material is removed. At times pets urinate on the carpet and this results in a bad odor especially when it is hot and humid.The carpet or rug is usually taken outside and immersed in water to remove such stains. Immediately blotting (not rubbing) the stain material as soon as possible will help reduce the chances of permanent color change. Artificial food coloring stains are generally considered permanent stains. These may be removed by professional cleaners or deep cleaning rental machines with heat-transfer stain-reducing chemicals, but carry risks of burning the carpet. Stain removal products can be combined with anti-allergen treatments to kill house dust mites. Other Carpet rods, rattan rugbeaters, and carpet-beating machines for beating out dust, and also brooms, brushes, dustpans, and shaking and hanging were all carpet-cleaning methods of the 19th century; brooms particularly carry risks of wear. Steam cleaning increases the lifespan of your carpet. Misconceptions Robert Wittkamp (1942–2007), IICRC-certified master Carpet Cleaners technician with 30 years' expertise in carpet cleaning, commented that old wives' tales persist and thrive within the industry. For instance, the concept that walking barefoot on a carpet may lead to damage from body oils has not been supported or disproven by standardized reports or testing or by industry evidence.