Do carpet cleaners work? A lot of people try them once and have bad results and dismiss the whole sector as a sham and a scam. Well, I’m here today to tell you that they do!
The main reason why people get poor results after using carpet cleaners is that they do not understand how to use them and what the different types of machines can actually achieve. The question we really need to be asking is, “How do Carpet cleaners work?” – knowing the answer to that will help us understand what to expect and what is unrealistic.
Do Carpet Cleaners Work? Yes They Do!
1. Steam Cleaners
Here a cleaning solution is sprayed on to the carpet and left to soak for 15 minutes. Afterwards, a carpet cleaner extracts the cleaning solution as well as the dirt using high pressure steam from a high power vacuum. This is the most effective method. (Many modern carpet cleaners spray the solution as they go, which is one less step for you to worry about!)
It could however go wrong in the following circumstances. When the user is inexperienced and does not know what to expect at each stage, they may spray too much cleaning solution – which will not rinse off completely leaving the carpet looking pale. They may also use a poor quality machine which will not produce steam at the required pressure making it difficult to collect dirt. They may push the cleaner too fast (so that it doesn’t really clean) or too slowly (so that the whole process takes forever and gets annoying).
Also there might be something wrong with the machine (bad settings, full tanks, etc) that someone who isn’t familiar with the product wouldn’t notice – they would just get mad and blame the product.
This carpet cleaner works excellently. Its performance is however greatly affected by the human being operating it. For best results, read the manual!
2. Dry Cleaning
A powder mixed with solvents and cleaning agents is used here. It is spread and worked into the carpet’s fibers and left to sit for about 15 minutes during which it absorbs the soils in the carpet. It is then vacuumed up from the carpet.
Because the technique does not use water it is only natural to have dust build up. Here the answer to the question, “do carpet cleaners work?” is still yes. Although this method removes dirt from carpets it occasionally needs to be complimented by water-based techniques.
3. Absorbent Pad Cleaners
Here a chemical solution is sprayed and left to sit on the carpet. An absorbent pad is then spun over the carpet to saturate the carpet with the solution. The machine then absorbs both the solution and dirt in the carpet. This method works effectively to clean the top part of the carpet.
In summary, carpet cleaners do work. But you need to be clear about your cleaning needs and then choose a combination of cleaners that will give you the best results.