Common Types of Carpet Cleaning

There are many ways to clean carpet.  The most commonly used commercial process are described below

Encapsulation
Cleaning

Bonnet cleaning process requires a pre-spray of the carpet with a strong solution of encapsulation cleaning solution.  Bonnet cleaning pads (resembling wool buffer pad) are soaked in encapsulation solution.  The wet encapsulation pad is placed on the bottom of a rotary brush machine and run over the surface of the carpet.  The pad picks up some the soil from the carpet and all the solution is left in the carpet to dry.  Once the carpet is dry, it should be heavily vacuumed to remove the encapsulation solution.  However, a significant amount of dried solution remains in the carpet.  

Soap is chemically designed to attract dirt and the encapsulation solution is a soap and will attract dirt (especially in high traffics areas) even if a vendor performs all the required steps.  

 

Truckmount Hot
Water Extraction

Hot water extraction is supposed to be the best method of carpet cleaning.  

Using a truckmount and several hundred feet vacuum and solution hose, the system is designed to spray the hot water and cleaning solution at 500 psi or more deep into your carpet.  The vacuum head is then supposed to pull the water out of the carpet.  

Most truckmount systems leave 8 ounces of water (and cleaning solution) in each square yard of carpet or 34.72 gallons of water per 5,000 square feet!  Typical dry times are 8 to 24 hours .

 

The HKC1000 Rotary Extraction System

The HKC1000 system is the first innovation in carpet care in over last 40 years.  It is the only hot water extraction system that doesn’t use high pressure to wet the carpet and has 4 levels of agitation.  

Operating at 168 rpms, the HKC1000 gently agitates the carpet with non-absorbent pads and simultaneously completes 762 vacuum passes on the carpet,.  12 vacuum passes per second.  

It is the combination of low pressure water application, agitation and vacuum passes that generates an unprecedented cleaning with a 1.5 hour dry time.