In general, homeowners have five different types of carpet cleaning methods to choose from: dry cleaning, bonnet cleaning, foam cleaning, shampooing and finally, hot water extraction.

Before scheduling an appointment with the carpet cleaners, it’s important to know what you’re getting and if it’s really the best choice for your home.

1.       Dry cleaning

Dry cleaning, foam cleaning and shampooing are all similar to each other in that all three methods work like how you shampoo your hair. However, with dry cleaning, cleaners don’t use a wet product, but instead, a special cleaning powder that removes dirt when applied to the carpet.

Once the product has been applied, it will almost immediately take effect and after that, it is vacuumed away along with all the dirt, dust, grime and other contaminants.

2.       Foam cleaning

Foam cleaning, as mentioned previously, is similar to dry cleaning, but uses much less water and foam detergent.

3.       Shampooing

From the name itself, shampooing works like you shampooing your own hair. However, while shampooing does great for your hair, the same can’t be said to carpets.

This particular method relies on the use of special detergents that are full of brighteners and deodorizers. This means that while your carpets look and smell good, the dirt is still there and will eventually reappear in a few months or so.

4.       Bonnet cleaning

This type of cleaning method is not recommended for homeowners as the typical home carpet could get damaged by the chemicals used in this particular method of cleaning.

With bonnet cleaning, an absorbent pad on a rotary shampoo machine is used, as well as a chemical detergent, that is then applied to the carpet to get rid of all the dirt.

5.       Hot Water Extraction

More commonly known as “steam cleaning”, this type of cleaning method can be done using a portable machine or a truck-mounted system. Companies like Bliss Cleaning provide professional carpet cleaning Horsham and surrounding areas.

In steam cleaning, the cleaners don’t actually use steam. Rather, they use a machine to inject high-pressure hot water and detergent into the carpets. Once done, the mixture is then vacuumed, leaving your carpets looking and smelling like it’s brand new.

Of all the five methods discussed above, hot water extraction is widely considered as the most efficient. In fact, it’s the manufacturer recommended method of carpet cleaning, regardless of the type of carpet you have. It does, however, come at a steep price.

Making the right choice

Once you’ve decided to finally have your carpets cleaned, it’s best to understand that all types of methods can clean your carpet, albeit at different levels.

Shampooing, dry cleaning and foam cleaning are all particularly effective methods of cleaning. They’re also quite cheap as well. However, the trade-off is that they’re not particularly effective against badly stained areas of your carpet.

If you’re willing to spend, steam cleaning is always the best option, but not exactly one that fits every scenario.

Ultimately, making the right choice depends on just how dirty your carpets are and how long since it was last deep cleaned and of course, your budget.