The debate on Howell dry carpet cleaning vs. carpet steam cleaning (or steam extraction cleaning) continues to rage on among Howell carpet cleaning professionals and consumers alike. Questions about cleaning capability, drying time and water usage are just some of the issues surrounding this debate. Let’s take a look at these two methods and see if we can’t help clear up some confusion.
What Is Howell Dry Carpet Cleaning?
Howell dry carpet cleaning is not a single process but a collection of different products and techniques for Howell cleaning carpets with a minimum use of water. They can be grouped into two basic categories as described below.
Absorbent dry compounds are the ‘driest’ way to Howell clean carpets. These compounds, containing detergents or solvents, are sprinkled on the carpet. After 30 minutes of dwell time (Howell carpet cleaning talk for ‘let the chemicals do their stuff’), these compounds dissolve the oily film on carpet fibers thereby allowing them to be vacuumed out along with the compounds themselves. There is no water used so drying times are not an issue. This method is popular with commercial establishments with high traffic areas that need to be cleaned and dried quickly. They produce satisfactory results but eventually a deeper cleaning will be required.
Howell Very Low Moister Carpet Cleaning
Very low moisture (VLM) Howell carpet cleaning is the other category. This method, in general, uses some type of absorbent material (each company seems to have their own unique product) that is combined with a small amount of water. The wetted material is then spread over the carpet and usually agitated into the carpet with a machine. The dirt and oils in the carpet are attached to this material (a process called encapsulation) which then dries on its own. It’s then vacuumed up and the carpets are dry in 1-2 hours. Some of these companies advertise heavily as ‘green’ due to the organic nature of their products.
The most common concern with both these methods is the amount of cleaning residue left on the carpet. It all sounds good in theory but customer reviews are mixed. One comment likened it to washing your hair by sprinkling on a cleaning shampoo and just combing it out.
Howell Carpet Steam Cleaning Is The Way To Go
Howell carpet steam cleaning has been around for years and is still the ‘king of the hill’ for deep, penetrating Howell carpet cleaning. The combination of hot water and cleaning agents forced into the carpet under pressure then immediately vacuumed out is hard to beat.
New advances in the way truck mounts mix the chemicals with the water and deliver it to the wand tip have improved overall efficiency while reducing the amount of chemicals needed. Also, wand design and the use of glides, in addition to powerful vacuums, helps get most of the water out of the carpet. This helps eliminate the problem of excess wetting and improves drying times.
The choice for which Howell carpet cleaning method to provide is not an easy one.