The Best Method For Carpet Cleaning

The Best Method For Carpet Cleaning

There are many different techniques used for cleaning carpets ranging from dry carpet cleaning to hot water extraction cleaning. Knowing what the best carpet cleaning methods are and how they’ll work for your type of carpet is important to understand.

See carpet cleaning methods comparison here…

Bonnet cleaning

This process involves cleaning just the surface of the carpet using an industry-strength motorised machine. A spinning pad that has been immersed with a cleaning solution absorbs the dirt from the top of the carpet and is a method used extensively in hotels as it provides a fast and effective means of cleaning heavy traffic areas without using excessive moisture.

You could consider bonnet cleaning of your carpets if you simply need a consistent light clean. Bear in mind that dirt beneath the surface tends to come to the top quite quickly and constant carpet cleaning this way can produce an accumulation of chemical residue caused by the pressure from the spinning pad.

Carpet shampooing

Shampooing your carpet is effective at removing stubborn stains but can often leave a sticky residue. Wet foam can stay in the carpet and take a long time to dry, and if left will attract more dirt and grime, making the process less popular than others.

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Dry carpet cleaning

This method is often described as compound carpet cleaning and doesn’t require any drying time. The cleaning powder is applied to the carpet and scrubbed into the fibres with a motorised counter rotating brush. This agitating motion opens up the carpet fibres and the biodegradable materials within the powder absorb the dissolved dirt. This is then removed at the end of the cleaning process.

Dry carpet cleaning is popular within the office environment as this operation can be carried out without affecting busy work periods. If you choose this method for cleaning your carpets at home make sure that the detergents used are suitable for allergy sufferers.


Foam encapsulation involves the use of synthetic detergents that crystallise into powder form as they dry. Any loosened dirt particles in the carpet fibres will be encapsulated into the powder and removed with a thorough vacuuming after cleaning.

With the use of less water resulting in a shorter drying time, this method of carpet cleaning has overtaken carpet shampooing. Environmentally friendly products are also used with this process.

Hot water extraction

The best method for carpet cleaning is probably hot water extraction cleaning, commonly known as carpet steam cleaning. This technique uses high-pressure hot water injected deep into carpet fibres which agitate ingrained dirt, dust and bacteria.

The powerful machinery then extracts all allergens, mildew, fungi, and dust mites, alongside the majority of the excess water. The steam generated during the cleaning process will restore and refresh carpet fibres leaving your floor covering as new.

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Frequently asked questions

Does steam cleaning work on carpets?

Yes – steam cleaning your carpets is a very effective method of cleaning as it loosens and dissolves dirt, cuts through grease and grim, and sanitizes your carpet too.

Is steam cleaning good for carpets?

Yes – when you steam clean your carpets you’ll be getting a deep clean that combines hot water with detergents that remove dirt and debris that have sunk into the carpet fibres. A clean carpet is a healthy carpet!

Is there a steam cleaner for rugs?

Yes – steam cleaners are designed for use on rugs as well as carpets as long as the rug fabric is suitable for this method.

Call in the professionals

Domestic cleaners in Abingdon will choose the best method of carpet cleaning for your particular carpet type. Using the latest eco-friendly cleaning products and modern techniques this Oxford carpet cleaning company will provide you with fully trained carpet cleaners delivering a service that meets all of your carpet cleaning needs.