When you have carpet in your home or office, you will need to engage a professional carpet cleaning service to keep the carpet clean, smell fresh and hygienic. Carpet contains accumulated dirt particles, dust and micro organisms like dust mites that can potentially cause health hazards especially those who have inherent allergy reactions towards dust and dust mites. Common allergy reactions towards dirty and unhygienic carpet are asthma, rhinitis, eczema, blocked and runny nose, and more.
Because of the potential health risks when using dirty and unhygienic carpet, yearly deep carpet cleaning by the professionals is necessary to thoroughly remove embedded dirt particles and harmful micro organisms. Depending on the amount of traffic on the carpet, more treatments maybe required for carpets that are heavily used so that accumulated dirt can be removed more effectively.
Different types of carpet material and flooring require specific type of cleaning method. So, it is safer to ask your carpet installer or retailer for their recommended professional carpet cleaner or preferred cleaning method when planning to deep clean your carpet. If there is no recommendation given, it will be useful to study the various types of carpet cleaning methods provided by different carpet cleaning service providers in the market and then decide which will be the right one for your home or organization.
There are many types of carpet cleaning methods available in the market but the common ones, and more popular ones, found in Singapore and larger cities in Asia are carpet bonneting, hot water extraction / steam cleaning, and dry cleaning.
Carpet bonneting method is often seen in public area or common corridors in hotels and commercial buildings because carpet cleaning can be completed very quickly without causing much obstruction to human traffic. The downside of bonneting is carpet gets dirty again very fast because this method does not perform deep cleaning. As more carpet users complain about rapid resoiling after bonneting cleaning, more hotels and commercial facility management have chosen for other carpet cleaning methods that can produce more lasting results.
Hot water extraction or steam cleaning is a popular carpet cleaning method by carpet cleaners because it produces effective result. However, as this cleaning method would cause carpet to become wet and typically takes about 6 hours, if not longer, to dry in an air-conditioned environment, hot water extraction method is not suitable for raised platforms that have cables installed below the carpeted flooring. There are also some commercial activities that operate 24 hours every day in the year and whose office carpet cannot be evacuated for steam cleaning.
Dry carpet cleaning is an emerging popular choice as more have recognized the benefits and excellent results produced by this cleaning technology in the market. This cleaning method is typically performed by using biodegradable, sponge-like compounds, which will be brushed into the carpet to absorb dirt and micro organisms, without wetting the textile flooring. The soiled sponges would then be thoroughly removed at the end of the treatment. This cleaning technology, that became popular in Western countries in the 1980s, produces excellent cleaning results, minus the inconvenience and limitations when using wet carpet cleaning methods.