How the Hot Water Extraction Method Works
The hot water extraction method, more commonly referred to as "steam cleaning", provides superior results when it comes to carpet cleaning. In reality, no steam is actually involved in the process, and instead, high-powered machines are used that are capable of producing 200+ degree water. Talk about hot!
With hot water extraction, a powerful, truck-mounted cleaning unit forces hot water along with environmentally-friendly cleaning detergents into your carpet at a high pressure to loosen up any dirt or grime that may be trapped inside the carpet. The high-powered machine then extracts the hot water solution along with the dirt and stains from the fibers of your carpet. The powerful suction from these cleaning units allow your carpets to dry much quicker (usually within 2 hours). With quicker drying times, you also won't have to worry about mold forming in your carpet!
What About Rental Steam Cleaners?
While using a rental steam cleaning machine on your carpets is better than simply just vacuuming, these rental steam cleaners are not equipped to provide enough power and hot water extraction to efficiently remove all the dirt and bacteria from your carpet's fibers. Additionally, rental cleaning units often leave your carpets damp for several days—especially in places such as Florida, where humidity can be a factor. This means you'll likely be keeping the windows down and the fans running in your home throughout the whole day while you wait for your carpets to dry. Instead, opt to have your carpets cleaned by a trained professional who uses high-pressured and eco-friendly truck-mounted cleaning systems.
When to Call a Professional Carpet Cleaner
Let's face it—cleaning carpets yourself simply won't provide the best results. While vacuuming your carpets every week is good, the dirt and grime that gets trapped deep in the fibers of your carpet from sources such as spills, pets, outdoors, etc. won't always be lifted unless you hire a professional that specializes in the hot water extraction method.
By having a professional clean your carpets at least once a year, you'll be living in a much healthier environment and your carpets will look like new again!