Recommended Cleaning Methods for Carpets

There is a multitude of different methods which can be used for cleaning carpets, and the one you choose to maintain your carpets lavish appearance will depend on your own personal preference. There is also a multitude of different cleaning solutions which have been designed to help you, such as deodorizers, spotters, stain removers, concentrates and sanitizers in both liquid or powder form. Knowing the manner of the cleaning job at hand will be significant so that you know which cleaning product to use, as different stains require a different method of cleaning. Using the wrong method can result in stains being left behind or made worse, or carpets which are too wet and which have been damaged by the cleaning method or product used.

There are a few main carpet cleaning methods recommended by the experts, and they are as follows:

Rotary Cleaning –

A rotary cleaner is typically the carpet cleaning solution of choice for most people, as it leaves carpets looking almost brand new. The cleaning solution is scrubbed into the carpet directly from the machines tank before dirty water is wet-vacuumed up.
Cons – Needs a certain amount of experience to prevent carpets becoming water damaged. Carpets have to be cleaned in a 4ft square area to enable the wet-vac to cope with removing water adequately. You will want a well-trained carpet cleaner for this.
Pros – Uses agitation to clean carpets thoroughly, making it the most popular and efficient carpet cleaning method. Not every hot water extraction carpet cleaning company uses a counter rotating brush so make sure to ask the question before hiring anyone.  Also, ask if your technician is IICRC certified like the staff at Capital Region Carpet Cleaning.

Dry Powder Cleaning –

This is probably the most modern of the carpet cleaning methods, and it consists of an absorbent material which resembles talcum powder being mixed with detergents and solvents which are used for dry cleaning. This dry powder is then sprinkled onto the carpet area which is to be cleaned and brushed into the pile with the use of a suitable rotary brush. The powder collects the dirt and is picked up with the use of a vacuum cleaner.

Cons – This method is not suitable for use on areas which have been heavily soiled. If a powerful vacuum cleaner is not used, there is the risk that some powder will be left behind in the carpet, making re-soiling easier and more likely. Brushing carpets vigorously can damage the delicate fibers.
Pros – Because this is a dry method, water damage is not a risk to the carpet. The powder is suitable for use immediately after a spillage has occurred, and the carpet is able to be walked on immediately.

Foam Cleaning –

When using the foam cleaning method, the foam will be agitated into the fibers of the carpet by using nylon brushes. Any residue should be removed immediately, and it is recommended that vacuuming is carried out straight away after the carpet is clean.
Cons – This is not the ideal method to use on heavily soiled carpets, as making the carpet too wet can cause water damage. Foam carpet cleaners are not always easy to locate, and the nylon brushes can cause damage to the carpet fiber.
Pros – Water is prevented from soaking too deeply into the carpets by the foam, and carpets do tend to dry quite quickly.


Whatever method you choose, remember that carpet manufacturers recommend that you pay a professional to cleanse your carpets at least every 18 months.  You might find some very helpful information by visiting the Carpet & Rug Institute’s website.