As a Master Textile Cleaner, I am often asked questions about carpet cleaning techniques.

Many people are familiar with steam cleaning. Professional carpet cleaners have many different methods. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. We will be discussing the top five professional carpet cleaning methods in this article.

They are unlikely to be used by you. This post will help to understand the recommendations of your cleaner. This post will also explain what each method entails.

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Why are There So Many Carpet Cleaning Techniques?

Textiles come as many sizes and shapes.

A professional carpet cleaning company will clean carpets, rugs and upholstery. Pro Tech Carpet Care, for example, can clean tiles, leather, and your air ducts. Each material presents unique problems. Each situation is unique and requires a different solution. These are the five most popular professional carpet cleaning methods:

  1. Hot Water Extraction (“Steam Cleaning”)
  2. Absorbent Compound (“Dry Cleaning”)
  3. Bonnet Cleaning
  4. Carpet Shampooing
  5. Encapsulation

These are only a few of many techniques that a carpet cleaner will use.

Hot Water Extraction

This is also known as steam cleaning. It is the most popular professional carpet cleaning method. The steam cleaning process uses hot water at high pressure to penetrate carpet fibers and break down bacteria and dirt.

The hot water is then removed by vacuum. This is how the term “hot water extraction” was coined.

Apply a cleaning agent to the area. After the cleaning agent has been applied, a brush is used to break up dirt. Once the cleaning agent has completed its task, hot water extraction is possible.

A steam cleaning job can take up to an hour for a home and two hours to dry carpet. It can take longer to clean offices and commercial properties. Commercial cleaning can be done later in the day, as it allows carpets to dry overnight.

Sometimes, however, it is not possible to leave damp carpets for more than a few hours.

Absorbent Compound

Dry carpet cleaning is also known as absorbent compound cleaning. An absorbent compound is used to dry clean your carpet. It binds dirt and other substances.

A mechanical brush is most commonly used to distribute absorbent chemicals and disturb dirty fibers. It is allowed to dry for the compound to remove dirt from carpet fibers. Then, it is vacuumed up with a professional-strength dry vacuum.

This method is ideal for people who want to deep clean their carpets but not have wet carpets.

Bonnet Cleaning

Bonnet cleaning is a different method than other carpet cleaning methods. It focuses primarily on the carpet’s surface.

The “Bonnet machines” come with a spinning pad that has been soaked in a cleaning solution. These machines polish the carpet’s surface by removing dirt and grime.

Bonnet cleaning is a common practice in hotels and commercial establishments that need a facelift. This is one of the most efficient professional carpet cleaning methods. It can make a significant difference in the carpet’s appearance.

Bonnet cleaning is a temporary solution that does not last. The soil that is in the carpet’s lower layers eventually returns to the surface. Repeat treatment is often necessary sooner than deep cleaning.

A chemical residue can also be left behind from bonnet cleaning.

Carpet Shampooing

Carpet shampooing is still one of the oldest methods for professional carpet cleaning in Auckland.

This method was used for heavy-duty carpet cleans for a very long time. Although the process has changed over time, it remains the same in terms of technology. Carpet shampooing today involves applying a foaming substance to the carpet and then working it into the carpet using a brush machine. To remove the shampoo and any dirt it may have attached, wet vacuuming is used.

Carpets take time to dry. Dry vacuuming will remove any residue.


This method sounds very fancy. Encapsulation cleaning uses synthetic foam detergents, which are applied to the carpet using a brush machine. The foam crystallizes and becomes a powder. It encapsulates any soil in the carpet as it crystallizes. The powder is then mixed with dirt and vacuumed up.

Carpet shampooing is more popular than encapsulation because it leaves no residue, takes less time drying, and uses less water.

Encapsulation cleaning isn’t the best solution for every situation. Carpet cleaning professionals don’t recommend encapsulation for heavily stained carpets. It’s simply not as efficient. Recognizing the best solution requires both education as well as experience.

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