Carpet steam cleaning: DIY or professional?

Carpet cleaning is not a task that is done every month but it is something that most certainly has to be done periodically to protect and extend the life of your rugs and carpets. Most manufacturers of carpets suggest that you have your carpets cleaned every 12 to 18 months depending on the traffic in your home, the number of people in your home and whether you have pets or not. Carpet cleaning is cosmetic of course but of equal importance is the fact that Commercial Carpet Cleaners in New York City Area can extend the life of your expensive carpets and revitalize them.

While every year or year and a half is a general recommendation this is especially true for nylon carpets. Nylon contains a hydrogen molecule; it is this molecule that is the key to the resiliency of nylon fibers. As the fibers flatten over time with traffic, cleaning the carpet properly revitalizes and reactivates this molecule. You will see an immediate difference, the fibers bounce back, enhancing the performance and certainly reviving the carpet.

Hot water extraction:

Carpet manufacturers generally suggest that the carpet be cleaned using the “steam cleaning” method. Technically this is not quite true; it is not steam although it is very hot water. When this method of cleaning is used, hot water mixed with a harmless chemical is sprayed on the carpet and then suctioned back into the machine, drawing the imbedded dirt with it; the chemical helps with the elimination of stubborn stains.

Professional commercial carpet cleaners in New York City use portable machines or in many cases, the equipment are mounted on the truck and just the hoses are brought into the house. Portable machines are usually used in high rise apartments and condos as well as in areas where the hoses cannot reach the area to be cleaned.

There are many do-it-yourself machines that can be rented or even purchased. Perhaps purchasing a small unit would be practical for a family with small children where spills are an every-day occurrence but for general cleaning nothing can beat professional cleaning. Generally speaking, DIY machines do not bring the water to the same high temperature which means the cleaning will not be as deep or as effective. The water extraction system of DIY machines is not as effective either. The objective is to clean the carpet and when finished, it will feel only slightly damp, when the carpet is wet that means the cleaning and extraction were not done correctly.

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