Steam - Hot Water Extraction Carpet is preinspected for stains and/or traffic patterns. If needed, a heated pre-treatment will be sprayed on affected areas to loosen and breakdown soil/stains. The carpet is then steam rinsed, with a carpet emulsifier, which is applied and extracted simultaneously. The combination of this heated solution, pressure and vacuum produce extraordinary results. These cleaning systems are extremely powerful and can have your carpeting completely dry in as little as three hours. There is no over wetting and this is a much more thoroughly cleaning.
Restorative - Dual Process If your carpets have not been cleaned in a while and/or have heavily soiled and traffic patterns, this may be the best option to restore it. A heated pre-spray is applied and agitated into carpeting with our low moisture scrubbing unit. We then follow up with a hot clear rinse. This will thoroughly flush out all contaminants from the carpeting leaving them completely cleaned and sanitized. The machine used for agitation has a brush system like that of a upright vacuum cleaner, providing a more thorough and safer scrubbing.
Dry - Low Moisture Used primarily for commercial carpet maintenance programs because of the quick drying time. Area rugs can also be cleaned with this method. The carpet is spot treated where needed, sprayed with a green encapsulation cleaner and then brushed with a special machine. These cleaners crystallize for easy dry vacuuming and do not leave any sticky dirt attracting residue behind! Most "dry carpet cleaning" companies use a rotary type machine (similiar to the type we use for shampooing) and this can be a problem, especially on plush carpet piles! The carpet fibers can get distorted. Our machine is different as it lifts the fibers (like a vacuum cleaner), so there is no chance on getting "swirl" marks. Shampoo This is "old school" used mostly for commercial or rental properties as it is inexpensive. Shampoo is dispersed from a buffing machine with a scrubbing brush attached. Some companies use this regularly for cleaning even residential and it is not recommended.
Other Dry's vs Our Dry
The first picture is of a dry/ low moisture cleaning typically used by a major franchise. They use water, just not as much. The problem is, the machine is very heavy and has these rotating heads on the bottom which can easily snag the carpet fibers and leave some nasty swirl marks. The extraction is not that adequate and can leave certain areas with more residue than others. After all, they are using minimal water so a good amount of residual is left. The second picture is what some dry carpet cleaning services use. In this particular picture, the operator is cleaning a glued down commercial carpet. This is usually fine as it will not distort the carpet fibers. Pictured to the right, is the dry cleaning equipment we use. It uses two counter rotating brushing that lift the carpet fibers. It is safe to use for both commercial and residential carpet cleaning. As with the previous two, residual is still left in carpet. It really depends on what type of solution is being used and how it crystalizes when dry. Some are sticky, while others crystalize perfectly and can be vacuumed away easily. We do not recommend cleaning with any of these methods (even our's) unless it is for interim maintenance or low moisture is the only option.