Steam or Dry Carpet Cleaning?
Shazam Carpet Cleaning offers you the choice of steam or dry carpet cleaning. Some carpet cleaning firms on the Gold Coast only specialise in the one cleaning process, and oppose the other. The truth is, they are both great cleaning methods, and both have their place.
Steam Carpet Cleaning
Steam cleaning, also known as hot water extraction, works by injecting very hot water into carpet under high pressure, and extracting the water out again to achieve a thorough clean. This method has a great flushing capability that removes dirt, bacteria, fungus, dust mites, and allergens, from the carpet fiber, achieving the deepest clean possible. Steam cleaning is great for heavily soiled carpets, or for carpets that have not had a clean for a long time. Steam cleaning is a more thorough clean, and is the preferred cleaning method for most carpet manufactures. It can however, take a bit longer to dry. Factors that can influence drying times are: air temperature, humidity, airflow, and the amount of water used when cleaning.
Dry Carpet Cleaning
Dry Carpet cleaning, also known as bonnet cleaning, or encapsulation, is achieved by pre-spraying the carpet with a solution that encapsulates dirt from the carpet fiber. A rotary machine with a pad or ‘bonnet’ is then used to scrub the carpet clean. The dirt and bacteria move directly onto the pads, or become encapsulated in crystals, formed as the cleaning solution dries. These encapsulated crystals are not visible, and future vacuuming will clean your carpets further. Dry carpet cleaning is a good choice if the carpet is required immediately after cleaning, or a light maintenance clean is required. In our experience, some short pile carpets can come up looking better using the dry cleaning method.