The way pros clean carpets has changed over the last few years with the introduction of natural eco green chemicals plus the use of pre sprays and pre spotters.
Prochem continue to be amongst industry leaders investing thousands of pounds every year to meet British Standards Endorsement. In addition there are new manufacturers in the market place offering green chemicals. Although green eco chemicals do in general cost more to buy, in my opinion these are well worth it. They smell nice, clean in a good way and are in particular friendly for the environment which is so significant for our next generations.
The majority of experienced carpet cleaners who work in the domestic market use what’s called hot water extraction, normally called steam cleaning. Steam is actually not produced as it would definitely harm the carpet fibres and probably the carpet backing, especially if it was a woven type like an Axminster or Wilton.
Another change is the use of pre sprays or pre spotters, at the present you buy a pricey machine called a SEBO DUO. Commonly cost around 200, the Duo is needed as a substitute for manual agitation by pile brush. The huge advantage to the cleaner is that it saves your back. It’s also possible to use the Sebo Duo as a form of dry carpet cleaning, powdered chemicals are spread across the carpet and then the machine is used to sink the chemical deep in into carpets fibres. Then the weakened soil particles are vacuumed up leaving your carpet nice and dirt free. This is good as a way of maintenance following hot water extraction.
With regards to hot water extraction the expert can either operate a portable or truck mount machine. With either machine an extended hose and flexible pipe is fixed the machine, on the other end a wand is used. The wand injects cleaning solution in to the carpet by squeezing a trigger and at the same time the wand vacuums up the dirt that is sucked up through the hose in to a tank on the machine.
A portable machine is usually a much cheaper choice than truck mounted, but with a truck mount you have to be able to park on the properties drive. In London this is kind of impossible so a truck mount is not much use in big cities.