Whether it’s for a residential property or a commercial one, clean carpets are essential to avoid dust and other grime from staying in the air. This becomes even more important if you are a tenant since a lot of agreements call for carpet cleaning before you move out to return the property in substantially the same condition and with the same level of cleanliness at the beginning of your tenancy. And one of the best ways to achieve that is through carpet steam cleaning.
What is Carpet Steam Cleaning?
Because of the name, a lot of people assume that carpet steam cleaning makes use of the steam to clean the carpets. This is a bit misleading however since what really happens is that we combine water with cleaning chemicals which are then used to remove dirt and grime from the carpet. This is why the process is also called hot water extraction cleaning.
Carpet Steam Cleaning Process
The first part of the process involves mixing the cleaning chemical of choice with hot water. The chemical differs depending on the situation such as the fabric of the carpet. The hot water is then injected into the carpet with the use of high pressure. This will then be extracted out, taking with it all the dirt and soiling leaving a clean carpet.
For efficient carpet steam cleaning, it is recommended to pre-treat any stain with the right cleaning agent. A pre-spray is also ideal to break down the carpet’s surface tension which would allow the water to penetrate deeper before being extracted.
The entire process can leave the carpet quite wet which can take up to 24 hours to completely dry depending on the weather.
Benefits of Carpet Steam Cleaning
Carpet Steam Cleaning is considered to be one of the best ways to clean your carpet since it can remove most, if not all, of the dust and dirt along with other debris. You can expect pristine results with the entire process.
Other benefits of this process include:
Removal of Pollutants
There’s a lot of pollutants in your carpet that you cannot see with the naked eye. This includes:
- Pet dander
- Foreign particles from outdoors
- Dead bugs
- Dust and grime
- Volatile organic compounds that come from various sources such as paint and cigarette smoke
These pollutants are released into the air from your carpet every day. It cannot be over-emphasised the need for proper cleaning and maintenance of carpets such as carpet steam cleaning in order to remove pollutants and not put yourself at risk.
Clearing Dust Mites
Aside from dead bugs, steam cleaning can also deal with alive ones. These are microscopic organisms that live in upholstered furniture especially in carpets. Their wastes are known allergens which can be harmful to your health especially to children.
Regular vacuuming can help in preventing or reducing dust mites. Then, with carpet steam cleaning, we can clear them off. They cannot survive high temperatures which is why this has become the cleaning tool of choice to take care of dust mites.
Extend the Life of your Carpet
Carpets, over time, would lose their original beauty due to soiling and traffic on it. However, you can slow this process down or even stop it by making sure you take care of your carpet properly. One of the ways to do that is to have it deep-cleaned every year as a general rule of thumb. But based on the carpet’s tone, usage, and frequency of vacuuming, this can be adjusted between 12-18 months.
Remember to schedule your carpet for deep cleaning even before it becomes excessively dirty. This is because once the soil gets in there, they start to damage the fibres thus shortening the carpet’s overall lifespan. Soil can be pushed down deeper as people walk across it thus further damaging the carpet.
With that, it is best to get your carpet steam cleaning regularly, so you ensure its safety and maintain its original lustre.
Also, some best practices to help your carpet’s lifespan:
- Walk barefoot on the carpet
- Use a carpet protection
- Vacuum regularly
- Have an “emergency cleaning kit” ready for spills and stains
Hire Home Service Professionals for proper Carpet Steam Cleaning
When it comes to carpet steam cleaning, we at Home Service Professionals pride ourselves with the quality of our work. We will treat your carpet as if it is our own. If you want to get a quote on our cleaning services, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 308 408.