If you have recently had a flood in your home and if you also have carpeting, then you may need to invest in some professional carpet cleaning. This sort of service is typically referred to as carpet restoration, as the carpeting will likely hold a good deal of water and other debris. So, what exactly happens during the restoration process? Keep reading to find out.
Initial Debris Removal
The first step in cleaning up a carpet that has been damaged by dirty water or debris is to remove as much of the dirt as possible. The goal is to clean the carpeting as thoroughly as possible and this means releasing and pulling up dirt instead of moving it around or grinding it into the carpet fiber. So, you can expect the cleaning to start with vacuuming. And, some special tools are likely to be utilized, including a pile lifter and a carpet rake. These items are usually attached to the vacuum cleaner and will separate, lift, and pull apart fibers to break up caked-on debris and to make it easier to remove.
Once loose materials are removed, the carpet is inspected. Large stains are sprayed with a commercial enzymatic precleaning treatment. Once the spray sits for about 10 to 30 minutes, the dirtiest areas are agitated with the vacuum brush. The vacuum rotary brush is often used without turning on the suction. After several minutes of agitation, another pass is made with the vacuum cleaner.
Once the carpet cleaning expert can be sure that the majority of the loose debris is released, water will then be used. This process is called extraction and involves the removal of highly engrained debris with the assistance of heated water. Extraction can occur with steam as well, but this process is often reserved for carpeting that is dry or that is only minimally dirty. Keep in mind that steam does sterilize the carpeting though so it may be a good final step in an area where bacteria, mold, and mildew are present.
Extraction may occur in a number of steps in cases where restoration is needed. This means a number of different flushings will be completed. Before flushing, a basic carpet cleaning agent will be spread and scrubbed into the carpet. The carpeting is then rinsed to remove the detergent and the dirt. Just water will be used to flush the carpet up to five times or more until the water appears clear.
A second extraction cycle may be implemented afterward. However, the professional will inspect the carpeting first and complete a spot cleaning where stains remain.
Reach out to a carpet cleaning company to learn more.
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