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Methods of Carpet Cleaning

There are many different methods used to clean carpets, steam cleaning, dry powder cleaning, bonnet cleaning, and shampoo. But which method produces the best results? Lets take a look at some of the different processes used.

Dry Cleaning

The dry-cleaning method involves using a powdered cleaning compound. It is brushed into the carpet fibers using an agitating machine. The idea is that dirt will bond to the powdered chemicals, then are removed through dry vacuuming. The downside of this method is that there is no rinsing involved, and there will still be chemicals left in the carpet.

Bonnet Cleaning

Bonnet cleaning is similar to the dry cleaning method in that it is still lower moisture, but instead of dry cleaning powder a liquid cleaning detergent is used. After the detergent is applied to the carpet, a machine is used to scrub the solution using a towel-like pad. The pad picks up dirt, however this is not ideal because there is no flushing the fibers or rinsing the detergent from the carpet. So again you are left with cleaning residue in the carpeting. However, bonnet cleaning can be a good solution in some commercial cleaning settings.

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is about the most common and popular method of carpet cleaning. Although the name is a little confusing, as no steam is actually used to clean the carpet fibers. Its actually hot water, though some steam is still produced from the high heat. Steam cleaning typically involves applying a cleaning detergent to the carpet, then agitating with a type of brush. After the cleaning solution has a dwell time of about 10 minutes or so, a tool is used to rinse the carpeting using heated water to remove dirt. Some people think that steam cleaning is chemical free cleaning, but that’s not the case. The only real “chemical free” way of cleaning you carpet is to dry vacuum.

Hopefully we have cleared up any questions you might have had on different methods of carpet cleaning. Manufacturers prefer the steam cleaning method to uphold your carpets warranty, however lower moisture cleaning methods often are a better fit in commercial settings.

How to Choose the Right Rug

Place the rug off-center to create a focal point in the room. Photo courtesy of Malene B

Choosing the perfect area rug for your space can be a difficult and time consuming decision. There are many varying factors to consider including things like room decor, size of room, etc. At the same time you want to choose a rug that will provide comfort and the right cushioning. Size is definitely one of the bigger factors to plan for.

Here are some tips from

Considered artwork for the floor, which acts as the frame, size does matter — and it’s often a big concern for the homeowner unsure of how to create that well-balanced space.

So designers say start with the area rug first. From its design, you can choose colors to paint your walls and find throw pillows and paintings to complete the decor. Just make sure to follow this rule of thumb: The area rug should be a minimum of six inches and no more than two feet away from the wall. When you take into consideration the different uses, shapes and design preferences, however, other factors weigh in as well.” – Original article Choosing the Best Area Rug for Your Space

Before you go rug shopping make sure to get measurements of your seating area first. On a limited budget you can find smaller rugs that can be placed in front of furniture. But if you have a big room, get a larger rug that will pull the whole space together. You don’t want to get a rug that is too small as this can make your room appear to be smaller. If you are going to be starting from scratch with decorating, then you have the option to choose a rug first and design around it. Once you have the rug, then you can find other things to ties in like curtains, pillows, and other objects that will be on the floor.

Something else to consider is padding. Padding can add some extra protection if you have hardwood floors, an at the same time helps with keeping the rug from slipping and moving out of place. If you have a flat weave rug, the right padding will add an extra layer of comfort.

Choosing a rug may seem difficult, but all it take is some planning ahead of time to make the job much easier. Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss future posts!

Tips to Keep Your floors Clean in the Winter

A door mat outside and inside the door will help keep moisture and dirt off your floor entirely. (Brandon Smith)

If you live in an area that has winter weather, then you are most likely aware of the winter mess that comes along with it. With winter comes snow, then between thawing and more snow, there can get to be quite a bit of slush and mud outside. Keeping the mud on the outside is the real struggle! No to mention all of the salt and ice melt.

Below is a list of steps you can take to keep your floors clean during the muddy winter season.

1. Use walk-off mats outside

Get a sturdy mat for both outside your entry doors and inside. Good outdoor doormats will not hold onto moisture (think moldy mildew), but they will act as your first line of defense for keeping out mud and muck.
2. Put doormats inside, too

Some moisture is bound to get in. Keeping another doormat inside the door for wet or snowy boots is a great way to keep the moisture from tracking into your whole house.

Look around at a home goods store for hard plastic boot trays. They give you a great place to leave wet shoes to dry.

If you use a fabric or carpeted area rug, be sure that you don’t let those wet mats sit on your floor for too long. Once boots are dry enough to move, pick up wet mats and allow them to dry somewhere off the floor, if possible.

3. Vacuum the salt

Salt is about to line the streets. Don’t let it line your floors! Road salt can scratch even the toughest of hardwood finishes. Our suggestion? Sweep or vacuum the salt often.

Be cautious when using “Swiffer” type dusters; grains of salt can get trapped under the head of the Swiffer and too much pressure can add to the scratching.

4. Use the right cleaner

Get a strong floor cleaner for hard surfaces. This time of year, even with the best efforts, you can see spotting on ceramic, hardwood, luxury vinyl tile, etc. A good spot cleaner will allow you to easily keep floors looking great in-between deep cleans.

This list is an excerpt from the article 5 Simple Ways to Keep Floors Clean This Winter from

This most effective thing you can do to keep the mess outside of the house is remove your shoes, as hard of a habit it may be. Make sure to vacuum more often in the winter, and once you make it past the mud season be sure to have your carpet cleaned by a qualified professional. Be sure to check beck regularly more more home cleaning articles!