First, the carpet should be pre-vacuumed to remove dry particulate soils. This is an important step, as some soil types are easier to remove when dry. Next, the carpet is agitated to help loosen and disperse soils that have been adhered to the fibers for months. After agitation, a cleaning agent is applied to the carpet to soften, emulsify, and disperse soils. Finally, the steam extraction process flushes out all the soils suspended in the preconditioner. The hot steam extraction is the only method that rinses the carpets, leaving them clean and free of residual chemicals.
One of the benefits of steam extraction is its ability to remove the majority of foreign soils hosted in carpets and fabrics. Stain removal is also much more efficient with this method, as the extraction process facilitates the use of a wider range of cleaning formulations.
In addition to removing visible dirt and stains, the steam extraction method is also highly effective in removing allergens and pollutants from carpets. Carpets can be a breeding ground for various allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and other microscopic particles that can trigger allergies or respiratory problems. During the steam extraction process, hot water is injected deep into the carpet fibers, which helps to loosen and extract these harmful particles. This can greatly improve the air quality in your home or office, making it a healthier and more pleasant environment for occupants.
It’s important to note that not all steam cleaning equipment and techniques are equally effective in removing allergens and pollutants. Professional carpet cleaners who use specialized equipment and follow the recommended procedures can help to ensure that your carpets are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised, which can have a significant impact on indoor air quality.