Most carpet cleaners will suggest the steam cleaning process and there are good reasons why. It is usually a deep cleaning method where different cleaning agents are used with blasts of hot water as well as steam. This helps to remove grime and dirt more easily from carpets and is usually compatible with most durable carpet materials. It is effective for tile cleaning as well, one of the reasons for which professional cleaners will use the same method, albeit in different ways, for cleaning tile as well as carpeted areas.
How did it work?
Deep cleaning with the use of steam or blasts of hot water helps to dislodge grime and dirt more easily. As grime and dirt particles get entangled into carpet fibers, cleaners mix hot water with certain cleaning agents. As the mixture is routed through in the form of high-pressure jets, it permeates through the carpet fibers and loosens up the grime. This dislodges dirt particles which are then removed with a strong vacuum. This retrieves the excess detergent and dirty water, which leaves the carpet clean and it, gets dry in a short time, depending on external climate conditions.
Can you do it with handheld devices?
With the availability of many handheld carpet cleaning devices available in the market, you might wonder whether steam cleaning can be accomplished with such devices. However, though such devices can be used to clean kitchen counters and tiled surfaces, they would not be effective enough for deep cleaning carpets. Hence it is best that you leave it to the experts to get a proper cleaning done on your carpets.
How long is the cleaning process?
That depends on the area of carpeted floor or walls that you have. If you have large rooms with carpeted floors and a single cleaner working, it would take half a day. On the other hand, for small apartments, the cleaning and drying of carpeted floors tend to be over in a couple of hours.
When can I re-use cleaned carpeted floors?
It is best to leave the cleaned carpets to dry completely before anyone walks over them. If you have windows that can be opened, then allow cross ventilation to occur which will help in drying up the carpets. Unless there is an emergency, try to get a carpet cleaning by steam to be done during dry weather conditions.