Growing up, our family room flooring was deep red, plush carpet that was vacuumed every day without fail. Mom said it was an age old, long-standing carpet care fact that daily vacuuming and proper cleaning results in extended life of the carpet. If we groveled about having to vacuum she asked in a soft, serious tone, “Do you know how much money this carpet cost your father and I?” With that, we commenced vacuuming without argument. I remember how my mother swore by the dry cleaning method for carpets. Her simple common sense theory “moisture was not proper for wool fibers,” diminished with the development of nylon, olefin, and acetate carpets. Additionally, in the 1970s the growing popularity of Scotch Guard led to steam cleaning being a better-chosen cleaning method.

Carpet Cleaning Methods
The dry cleaning method involves applying special solvents to carpet and extracting via a dry vacuum system. Carpet manufacturers claim that oftentimes traces of these solvents will remain thus attracting dirt more rapidly.

Though it is commonly referred to as the steam cleaning method, no steam is actually generated. The process consists of applying a cleaning agent into the carpet pile and using hot water in the extractor to recover the used solution and soil. This is done from a truck-mounted unit outside the home extending a hose inside or by a portable system brought into the home.

Today carpet manufacturers such as Shaw, Stainmaster, and Mohawk recommend the hot water extraction or “steam cleaning” carpet method about once a year, preferably by a professional service. They include this extraction cleaning method preference in the warranty information as well.


Carpet Care FAQS

Stainmaster – Carpet Manufacturer

Which professional carpet cleaning methods does STAINMASTER® recommend?

For the texture retention warranty, STAINMASTER® requires the steam cleaning (hot water extraction) method at least every 18-24 months. This method can also be used for regular carpet maintenance.
Other wet or dry methods when properly done are also acceptable. These methods include absorbent pad or bonnet cleaning, rotary shampoo, and dry foam powder.

Shaw – Carpet Manufacturer

Professional advantages –
Professional carpet cleaners are a great choice for your floor. Their cleaning equipment has more extraction power than the rental units available to individuals do, and the carpet should dry more quickly. True professionals also understand the equipment, know the proper cleaning agents for the situation at hand, and recognize the differences in fibers and carpet construction.

Clean Home – Carpet Cleaning Company

Guidelines for cleaning stains from Grease, Oil, Makeup

Moisten the area with isopropyl rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or white towel, using a blotting motion until the stain is no longer visible (don’t allow the backing of the rug to get moist, as this could destroy the latex bond).

For problem carpet, rug or upholstery stains or odors, call us at 919-744-7441 the carpet cleaners raleigh nc.

I have to say without doubt, my mother was right properly caring for carpet does extend the life of a carpet. When my parents finally sold their home in the late 80s, the red family room carpet looked and felt fabulous!