Carpet Extraction is washing your carpet. Learn the benefits, and the negatives of carpet extraction.
Carpet extraction is the most popular way to deep clean your carpets. You use a machine (carpet extractor), warm water , and an extraction detergent to wash your carpet. The machine injects the solution under pressure into your carpet, a brush scrubs the carpet fibers, and the machine vacuums up the soiled water. Commercial quality extractors sell for between $1400 for a portable unit to over $10,000 for a truck mounted unit. In the hands of a professional they can achieve dramatic results in a short period of time. Household units are available from Hoover, Eureka, Bissell, Royal, and others for far less. The best of the this bunch in terms of performance, and reliability is the Royal Procision. It carries a three year warranty, and does a good job. These units won’t come close to achieving the results of commercial extractors. The old adage you get what you pay for is true. Household units are a life saver for folks who have pets. After a long day at work finding a surprise from your pet on the carpet can be a real problem. Having the ability to clean it immediately is a bonus. Lastly the extractors rented by the big box store are slightly better than the home units. Make sure these units are cleaned, and disinfected between rentals. You never know who rented the unit before you did, and what they picked up with it.
The benefits of extractors are you can achieve good results in a short amount of time. Household extractors don’t have the capability to put large volumes of water into your carpet so they won’t damage your carpet. The commercial machines especially the truck mount units can inject a lot of water into your carpet very quickly. Make sure the technician cleaning your carpet has had more than a crash course in it’s operation before letting him loose on your carpet. One of the downsides to extraction is your carpet will be damp after you clean it. It normally takes overnight to dry. If you over wet the carpet especially in a basement you can get mold or mildew.
Before extracting your carpet make sure you thoroughly vacuum your carpet first. Vacuuming removes much of the loose dirt found in your carpet. Vacuuming will allow you to do a better job of extracting, or washing your carpets. You can watch a short video on the types of vacuums made and the advantages of each style.