We would like to show you the most effective way to clean your carpet. We help to take the mystery out of carpet cleaning. The procedure we’d like to demonstrate is hot water extraction. This is the method recommended by most carpet manufacturers and carpet maintenance experts. It works in either a commercial or residential setting. You often hear the phrase steam cleaning. There’s no such a thing when it comes to carpet. What steam cleaning actually refers to hot water extraction. The extraction process is simple. A machine with a pump injects hot water into the carpet under pressure and flushes out the soil from the base of the carpet. A powerful vacuum recovers or extracts the water along with the suspended soil.
Here is a typical extractor. It has a clean solution tank and a recovery tank. This type of extractor is referred to as a box and wand, in which a wand and hose are attached to the machine. It has a pump, which injects the water into the carpet. When the valve trigger on the wand is depressed, water goes through these jets on the underside of the wand. The soil and water are recovered by a vacuum through the wand and hose into a recovery tank. Another type of extractor is called the self-contained extractor. It’s basically the same, but the solution tank and the recovery tank. But it does not use a hose and water. Instead, the vacuum tube is built into the machine with the water jets just behind the vacuum tube. This type of extractor usually has a cylindrical brush behind the vacuum tube to agitate the cardboard fibres and provide additional cleaning. The soil and water are recovered by pulling the machine backwards over the carpet. So the vacuum tube on the self-contained machine serves the same purpose as the one on the other machine. The cleaning process is essentially the same with both types of the extractor.
These machines can be rented for cleaning your carpet at home. And usually, the necessary cleaning chemicals can be purchased from the same source where you rent the extractor. You should have a carpet spotting chemical and a pre-spray chemical. You also need a pump up sprayer.
The first step, of course, is to move the furniture out of the area that you’re going to clean. Then it’s very important to vacuum the carpet thoroughly. The vacuum removes loose soil and reduces the load on the extractor. You want to vacuum in both directions and make at least a half dozen passes in each direction. The next step is to pre-treat any spots or stains with the carpet spotter. Apply the carpet spotter to the spot and allow it to sit for five minutes. Then use a white towel and press it onto the spot. You’re trying to transfer the spot from the carpet to the towel.
Do not rub the spot form the inside out as this can spread the stain.
Now we’re ready for the extraction process. Mix the pre-spray chemical according to the label directions in a pump sprayer. The key point to remember is to pre-spray the cleaning chemical onto the carpet prior to extracting. Spray an even mist over the entire carpet. The carpet should be wet, but not the saturated with the chemical solution. Allow the chemicals to stay on the carpet for about ten minutes. This is called dwell time or contact time. This allows the chemical time to emulsify the soil.
Now you’re ready to extract. Fill the solution of the extractor with hot water. The water should be a shot as possible. An important point to remember with either self-contained extractor or a Bunsen wand, overlap your strokes and your masses slowly.
With the box and wand, start far into the room. With both the solution pump and the vacuum on, depress the valve trigger on the wand so the water’s coming to the jets and pull the want straight backwards up two to four feet. And release the valve trigger so that only the vacuum is operating when water’s coming out and push the wand straight forward over the area, at the area that you just did. This stroke removes more moisture and helps dry the carpet. The wand is then shifted sideways for the next backwards pass with a two-inch overlap. Depress the valve trigger again and pull the wands straight back. The process is repeated moving left to right or right to left, depending on which of the side of the room you started at, across the room until the entire room is done. With the self-contained extractor, the process is similar. With both the solution pump and the vacuum, depress the triggers on the handle so that water’s coming to the jets. Pull the machine backwards slowly and make a pass the entire length or width of the room. Release the trigger so that no water’s coming through the jets and move the machine forward to your original starting point.
Go over the same area again with the vacuum only, no water, to remove more moisture. Then shift the extractor to the right or to the left, depending on which side of the room you started and then move it forward back to the starting point. Turn the solution pump on again, depress your triggers and make another pass walking backwards overlapping the previous pass by about two inches and repeat this process till the entire room is done.
The final step is to get the carpet dry before replacing any furniture. Drying can be assisted by using a fan to circulate the air above the carpet. If the weather is seasonable, you can open the windows and turn on the air conditioning. Cleaning carpet by hot water extraction is simple and you won’t damage the carpet by overwetting if you follow these procedures. Now that you have this information, all you need to do is use your head. (Pro tip if your in a hurry to dry)