We’ve talked about how to clean your own carpets and the benefits of getting your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis. But, how do you know which type of cleaning is best for your carpets?

There are pros and cons to each method. Let’s take a deeper look.

Steam Cleaning

Steam carpet cleaning is a deep cleaning method with hot water extraction. This cleaning method utilizes moisture evaporation by evaporating a warm solution that penetrates into carpet then removed by the cleaner with dirt, stains, and pests.

The main benefit of the steam cleaning method is its effectiveness. It allows your carpet to be cleaned thoroughly and removes more than 97% of allergens, bacteria, pests, and dirt. Steam cleaning is also a highly versatile method of cleaning and works on most carpets and stains.

The drawback of steam cleaning your carpets is that it is a time consuming process. It does require a thorough vacuuming prior to the carpet cleaning process.

Steam cleaning can cause damage to your carpet fibers and base if done improperly so it’s important to call in the professionals like INTEK.

It’s also important to remember with steam cleaning your carpets is to allow them to thoroughly dry to avoid any musty smells.

Bonnet Cleaning

A common alternative name for bonnet cleaning is “dry cleaning,” although that’s not technically correct. Bonnet cleaning involves pre-spraying the carpets with a special solution before the cleaning process begins.

One of the main benefits of bonnet cleaning with a professional cleaning service is that it’s typically cheaper than steam or other types of carpet cleaning. It’s also typically a quicker process both with cleaning your carpets and drying after.

A downfall of bonnet cleaning is that it’s not recommended for every carpet type. This type of carpet cleaning can cause minor damage and pile distortion or fibers of your carpet getting pulled in the wrong direction. 

Another downside of bonnet cleaning is that it’s only a surface cleaner, rather than a deep carpet fiber cleaner. So, you won’t be able to remove bacteria and dirt under the carpet’s surface.

It does clean to a certain extent of course, but if you’re dealing with a stain like pet urine, or a paint sill, the bonnet method will pick up some into the pad, but can spread it throughout the rest of your carpet.

And the Winner Is…

While there are benefits and drawbacks to each method of cleaning, steam cleaning offers your carpets a more thorough, deep clean while keeping the integrity of your carpets intact.

If you’re looking for the best Sioux Falls carpet cleaning option, look no further than INTEK’s carpet cleaning team. We have many options for carpet cleaning services so you’re sure to find the best fit for your needs.

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