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Why Steam Cleaning Works!

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

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Steam Cleaning is the recommended process by manufacturers for cleaning most carpet, upholstery, and tile. This process also known as hot water extraction allows for deep cleaning. The process involves applying cleaning agents specifically designed for the situation. The most common pre-spray is really a general pre-spray designed for cleaning dirt, oil, and greases that get tracked in from outside off your shoes. The other pre-spray is organic solutions that are used for coffee, milk, and pet stains just to name a few.

Dwell time - Don't forget quality service can take a little extra time. Dwell time is important for any cleaning agent. Most quality cleaning agents require at least 10 minutes to be most effective in breaking down the intended spots and stains.

Agitation - After applying pre-spray some agitation or scrubbing may need to be applied to high traffic areas. This scrubbing not only helps break loose anything that has bonded to the fibers but also helps with the effectiveness of the pre-spray itself. Agitation is key for heavily soiled carpets and upholstery.

Heat - While not all situations require heat in many cases pre-sprays require a certain amount of heat to work effectively. In addition, heat can help with breaking the bonds for dirt, oil, and grease as well as certain other soiling factors within your carpet and upholstery.

Rinsing - Rinsing is the process by which all the cleaning agents and soils are removed from the carpet and upholstery. A rinsing agent is also utilized in many cases (unless the cleaning agents is already at a neutral ph) to bring the carpet or upholstery fibers back to a neutral ph so they are soft and fresh after drying. Hard crunchy fibers can be caused by the fibers not being in a neutral state.

Well that covers the ins and outs of steam cleaning. We appreciate you visiting the Stat Carpet Cleaning website and hope you will consider giving us a call for any cleaning services you may need around your home or small business.

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