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The New Landscape of Professional Carpet Cleaning

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Carpet cleaning has remained relatively unchanged for many years. Most carpet cleaners are still using the steam carpet cleaning system, which is a very good way to clean a carpet. The days are numbered for this method however, for many different reasons. This article will explore the two main reasons why this method will soon be eliminated and some potential replacement carpet cleaning methods. The first factor that will lead to the downfall of steam cleaning applies to truck mounted steam cleaning systems. Truck mounted machines are the best choice for this type of cleaning because they produce more heat and vacuum power. They can do this because they are powered by gasoline engines. The same engines that give them all of this power are one of their biggest problems. These engines burn upwards of 2 gallons of fuel per hour and the exhaust from these machines is not regulated. This makes the exhaust far more contaminated than what a car engine produces. Just think about all of those truck mounted machines out there in the United States, wasting gas and spewing out pollutants. Some day, a government agency will step in and put an end to it, they have to. The second thing that will lead to the downfall of steam cleaning is water. Water is becoming a major issue in the United States, with more and more communities on water restrictions. Already, we see car washes being required to recycle water. Steam cleaning uses, on average, 50 gallons of water for a 5 room house. This means that the average carpet cleaner, cleaning 5 houses a day, wastes 250 gallons of water. Multiply this by the number of carpet cleaners out there and it becomes apparent that this is a huge quantity of water. And, since recycling water is not a viable option for carpet cleaning, the only solution is to ban steam cleaning. This might seem far fetched, but think about that community on stage 4 water restrictions faced with the possibility of running out of water. They will do anything necessary. So, now that we know that this cleaning method is on its way out, what is going to replace it. After all, carpets will still get dirty. The good news is that there are a variety of low moisture carpet cleaning methods already on the market. Carpet cleaners will just have to adapt to using different methods. Let's look at what else is available. The second most popular cleaning method is bonnet cleaning which involves the application of a cleaner to a carpet and then agitation and extraction with a cotton or synthetic bonnet. This method uses only a few gallons of moisture to clean and seems like a good choice. The problem is that all of those bonnets need to be washed, so while this method saves fuel, it wastes nearly as much water as steam cleaning. Fortunately, there are two real solutions to the problem. methods that use little moisture and little energy. One is called encapsulation or shampoo cleaning. This involves the application of a cleaner that is designed to absorb soil and then dry to a brittle crystal. It is applied to the carpet, agitated and can then be later removed through vacuuming. Another method is called dry powder cleaning and it involves the application of a pre-spray to the carpet, followed by the application of a semi moist powder. The powder absorbs the soil and is then vacuumed from the carpet. Te powder is made from a natural, renewable and biodegradable material. As you can see, because carpets will still get dirty, carpet cleaners will continue to clean them. They will just have to change their approach and start thinking a little differently. Ultimately, it will be a good thing for the environment and all of us.
Date Added: February 17, 2014 07:29:11 AM
Author: Antonia Berkeley

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