What do professionals use to clean carpets?

by | Jun 17, 2021 | Carpet Cleaning

Having your carpets cleaned can be a chore. Whether it’s part of your spring cleaning duties or not, we can all agree that it’s not very fun to do, but it’s definitely necessary. However, most carpet owners will only have their carpets cleaned once every few years ( and some not even at all). 

Carpet cleaning is not just necessary for removing stains; it can also improve and prolong your carpet’s performance. 

Many people prefer professional carpet cleaning over DIY cleaning. One of the main reasons for that is the use of professional-grade products and advanced techniques that guarantee maximum effectiveness.

In this post, we will cover 5 techniques that professionals use for carpet cleaning.

1. Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is the most popular method. Hot water steam is used to remove dirt from both the surface and bottom. It’s essential that before applying steam to the carpet that a cleaning agent is sprayed. This detergent requires an activation time. Once activated, the cleaners target the carpet fibers with hot steam. The steam breaks down the tough dirt and kills harmful microorganisms. Although effective, steam cleaning does have its downside: drying time.

2. Dry Cleaning

Don’t have time to wait for the carpet to dry! Dry cleaning is the perfect option. This technique uses an absorbent compound that captures dirt from the fibers. A mechanical brush is used to spread the absorbent compound on the areas most affected by grime. This professional chemical will bind to the dust, great, or any other nastiness trapped in the fibers with the vacuum. 

Do you want to avoid a wet carpet? This is the way to go! Despite the lack of water, this method still deep cleans the carpets. It can tackle all the layers of dirt in your carpets.

3. Bonnet Cleaning

Professionals use a bonnet machine that consists of a rotary pad and a mechanism to distribute detergent. 

The spinning bonnet runs across the carpet, spreading a cleaning solution on it. The machine pads then only polish the fibers and remove the top layer of dirt and dust from your carpet. 

In the end, you will get a visually clean carpet; however, the dirt that is deep in the carpet is not cleaned, and there is a high probability that lots of soiled dirt has accumulated at the roots of the fibers over time.

A bonnet cleaning is recommended for new carpets or if you clean your carpet regularly.

4. Encapsulation

In this process, the encapsulating chemical is sprayed onto and then brushed into the carpet using a cylindrical or rotary brush machine or bonnet. The encapsulation chemistry surrounds each soil particle and crystallizes it so it can’t attract other soils. The encapsulated soil particles release from the carpet fiber and are removed by normal vacuuming. 


With this method, carpets can be used promptly since it’s a low-moisture system.

5. Shampooing

Carpet shampooing is the oldest and most efficient technique. Carpet shampooing requires a commercial spinning brush machine that will spread a generous amount of foam on the carpet. 

Once the shampoo is activated, a wet vacuum removes both the foam and the dirt. A dry vacuum is then used to get rid of any product that is left. 

This method can work on all carpet fibre levels, and it gets deep into the room to break down and remove dirt. The downside is that a large amount of water is needed to get rid of the shampoo residue causing a more extended drying period. 

Today we have highlighted 5 techniques professionals cleaners use to clean carpets. Each technique and each detergent targets different types of materials. We can help you decide what method will work best on your carpet. 

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