What is the best way to clean a household carpet?

Some people believe that a rental machine can do an adequate job (we don’t!) of cleaning carpets..

While others are unaware that there is more than one way of cleaning carpets, upholstery and rugs.

Essentially, there are two main options when choosing how to clean a carpet: wet or dry.

Let’s take a closer look at these two carpet cleaning methods.

Dry carpet cleaning

Dry carpet cleaning minimises the use of moisture and instead relies on a blend of dry chemical powders that are applied to the carpet before lightly spraying with water (which means that ‘dry’ carpet cleaning isn’t actually truly dry).

It does mean, however, that by the time the process is complete, the carpets should be almost completely dry.

The dry powders that are applied absorb the dirt from the carpet fibres and form crystals which are then vacuumed up.

Wet carpet cleaning

‘Wet’ carpet cleaning is often referred to by the general public as steam cleaning, due to the steam sometimes produced by the moisture and heat.

The true term for this method is Hot Water Extraction, or HWE.

This method relies on water being pushed through the carpet fibres while being simultaneously sucked back out along with the ingrained soiling and stains.

Before the actual extraction takes place, cleaning solutions are sprayed onto the carpet to loosen any soils (much like with dry carpet cleaning).

Although it cannot be classified as ‘dry’ carpet cleaning, if performed using a powerful machine and with the correct technique, it can result in dry carpets in as little as a couple of hours.

What is our preferred method?

We firmly believe that Hot Water Extraction (wet cleaning) produces far superior results.

The process is able to clean deep into the carpet fibres and remove stubborn stains that can prove impossible to remove with a dry compound.

It can also be a safer and more ecological choice, as all chemical residues are removed if the cleaning operative is conscientious and thorough.

The wet method is usually the preferred choice of most professional carpet cleaners and is also given the stamp of approval by the major carpet manufacturers.