Even if you are the most mindful person and you take your best efforts in maintaining the cleanliness of your home, there will always be moments when your carpet will become the victim of spills, drops and foreign substances under your shoes. In order to keep your carpet from looking like it went through a storm, you need to clean them regularly.
There is nothing like the smell of freshly cleaned carpet. While different products of carpet cleaning are introduced in the market, it is important that you know the components of these carpet cleaning products. It is vital that you don’t expose your home and your family to toxics. We have listed some of the most common chemicals used in carpet cleaning.
- Spots and stain removers
These carpet cleaning chemicals are used to remove stains and spots that may damage your carpet. There is no one product to clean all types of spots and stains. There are different products appropriate for different types of stains. These carpet cleaning chemicals clean a range of stains from oil-based ones to acidic ones.
- Carpet and fabric pre-sprays
Heavily soiled carpets cannot be cleaned with just one carpet cleaning chemical. Grease and heavy soiling should be broken down first. These carpet cleaning chemicals are best applied with a pump-up sprayer. Most of these chemicals have 5 to 15 minutes of dwell time in order to break down the stains on the carpet.
- Low moisture cleaning products
Most professional carpet cleaners use this type of carpet cleaning chemicals. Low moisture cleaning products are used for dry compound cleaning systems, encapsulation, bonnet cleaning and foaming shampoo systems.
- Carpet and fabric deodorizers
These carpet cleaning chemicals used by professional cleaners range from general purpose deodorizers that will leave your carpets clean-looking and fresh-smelling. They are also used to treat carpets with strong odor problems.
- Stain protectors
These carpet cleaning chemicals help you maintain the cleanliness of your carpet. They can be applied to new carpets or after cleaning an old one. There are two types of stain protectors, the water-based stain protectors and the solvent-based stain protectors. Water-based ones are used in general except for carpets that cannot be wet-cleaned. Solvent-based stain protectors on the other hand are used for carpets that can only be cleaned through dry cleaning.
Are you looking to clean your carpet? If you are not sure of what type of carpet cleaning chemical to use, it is best to contract the services of a professional carpet cleaning company. Carpet cleaners will also help you maintain your carpet and keep it usable for decades to come.
Written by Eric Sappington, owner of Sappington’s Carpet Care, the leading company for carpet cleaning in Columbia, MO.