We all know about the benefits and advantages of professional carpet cleaning. We all know how impressed we would be by the final result of beauty and freshness delivered by the professionals. And we all have that peace of mind that the job would be delivered properly when hiring the commercial or residential carpet cleaning professionals. But do we all understand the process of carpet cleaning and which are the required steps for this fascinating outcome to be accomplished? If you are intrigued to learn more about the whole process and you want to be familiar with the standards in the branch for the next time you are considering hiring a professional carpet cleaning service, or even do the job by yourself, then have a look at our step-by-step guide!

In general, the required steps for successful and effective carpet cleaning include: dry soil removal, soil suspension, suspended soil removal, grooming (also known as finishing) and drying. Many people are familiar with the initial step of the process – the dry soil removal part, or to say it more simple – using a vacuum. Of course, vacuuming is recommended on a daily basis, because it removes all the dust, debris and dirt on the surface, but what is happening with all the allergens and bacteria that are trapped deep in the fibres of the carpet? You need more thorough cleaning in order to get rid of these, because of that soil suspension and removal are the next steps that have to be accomplished. Soil suspension is, perhaps, the most important step of the thorough carpet cleaning process, In fact, if the soil cannot be removed from the carpet fibres, then the carpet is dirty and most likely to attract and accumulate even more dirt and dust. Chemical pre-spray cleaning products make it easier for the soil to get loosen and removed after and if you want even better results, the detergents have to be boosted with additional power, temperature and more time for them to be left to do their trick.

Electric or pump sprayers are great for hot water methods. Hot water that is mixed with a cleaning detergent is then sprayed deep down into the fibres and the longer you leave it, the more effective it will be. A rotary extraction tool, rotary machine or counter-rotating brush machine makes things even easier because the motion helps like additional power against the stubborn dirt and soil. Normally, five to fifteen minutes for the detergents to set and get dirt loosen are enough for great results, while eco-friendly and greener products may need a bit more time. Be sure to always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and instruction and be aware of the fact that different carpets respond differently to the cleaning products.

Hot water extraction is the most common process used by a number of carpet, upholstery cleaning and stain removal contractors. It is used to rinse the suspended soil. A single pass with the hot water extraction machine is usually enough for removing light soil, while two or more passes may be required for extremely dirty areas. Of course, the more water and moisture are used for the cleaning process, the longer the carpet will need to get dry. Most professional cleaners use additional equipment for dry stroking in order to reduce the drying time significantly. Dry stroking removes the majority of the rinse solution and left the carpet with minimum residue.