Experts recommend that your carpet should be professionally cleaned once every 12 to 18 months, even if you vacuum regularly. Getting your carpets cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner extends the life of the carpeting and improves air quality in your home by reducing allergies and germs.
Dry extraction is one method of carpet cleaning that is less of a “dry” procedure, and more of a “moisture-controlled” procedure. It provides just the right amount of cleanser to your carpet to clean it, but then absorbs the dirt leaving the carpet dry for vacuuming and immediate use.
Many professional carpet cleaning companies provide a Power Shampoo System using specially formulated professional grade cleansers and then a hot water extraction afterwards.
Carpet pretreatment: To achieve better results, you can spray a cleanser on your carpet a few minutes before it’s professionally cleaning. The cleansers help dissolve grease and oils so that the final cleaning extracts even more dirt. For some firms this is standard procedure; others may charge extra by the square foot or room. Be sure to ask.
Soil retardants: Most carpets are now factory-treated with a coating that helps the carpet fibers shed water and spills. The key is cleaning up the spills quickly. Once a carpet is five years old or so, you may need to have it retreated, at least in the high traffic areas.