The coming warmer spring weather is certainly welcome. However, as any resident of the greater Atlanta area would tell you the associated pollen is not nearly as enjoyable. Aside from allergy concerns, the pollen in the air can also collect in your carpet as you enter and exit your home or business. Springtime is an excellent time of the year to have your carpet cleaned and aside from pollen removal, it can also remove spots that may have occurred over the winter.
When researching carpet cleaning services, you’re likely to come across the debate between dry carpet and wet carpet cleaners.
Let’s compare these two methods and see which is best.
Steam cleaning is a tested and common method of carpet cleaning. It can be quite effective at removing spots. However, it does not clean as effectively as it appears. The dirty water it creates through the cleaning process is difficult to completely remove any residue that is left behind. In fact, testing shows it would take up to 16 rinses to fully rinse a carpet. Aside from this, the moisture it leaves behind can create issues of its own. The remaining moisture not only makes the carpet wet but also the pad and possibly even the subfloor. This creates a long and inconvenient drying process and as the carpet dries can produce wicking, mildew, mold, and bad odors. Lastly, due to the long drying process, it can be very easy to soil damp carpet without intending to, and worst of all spots which were emulsified in the extraction process tend to come back to the surface as the water evaporates.
HOST Dry Extraction is a 100% plant-based green cleaning process. An advantage it offers over wet cleaning methods is it does not require any water to clean your carpets. It is a dry solvent cleaner that leaves a dry carpet you can immediately walk on after cleaning. The cleaning process is relatively simple and only requires application, brushing with the HOST machine, and then a pass of the vacuum. It is not only a simpler process it is also one that doesn’t damage your carpet due to standing moisture.
An area where dry cleaning is notably better than wet cleaning is in matters of the environment. Wet cleaning uses up a great of water and to steam clean, all the carpets in the United States would require 9,770,000,000 gallons of water. Steam cleaning also creates wastewater that is not only dirty but also chemically treated. This cleaning byproduct requires more resources for proper handling and transportation to legally dispose of it. If not properly disposed of it can pollute local water supplies. In other words, many truck mounted companies simply pour their heavy water down public sewers.
By comparison HOST Dry Extraction does not contain harmful materials such as heavy metals, carcinogens or ozone-damaging materials, and is non-toxic to both pets and people. It also doesn’t require specific disposal and can be composted due to its non-toxic composition. The sea sponges can be composted in gardens and around shrubs.
When deciding on how to have your carpets cleaned it is important to consider your circumstances. Depending on your home or business needs either method could be perfectly acceptable. However, if you have a choice in cleaning methods dry cleaning is both environmentally friendly and offers a faster, less invasive, and more carpet friendly cleaning process, while the costs are in line with each other.
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