Carpet extractors use a combination of cleaning solution, hot water and vacuum power to loosen stains, dirt and other debris. Some models are equipped with fans or heaters to speed the drying process, so that the carpet can be walked on soon after cleaning. The process is an alternative to other carpet cleaning methods that rely on harsh detergents and cleaning agents, which can pose health hazards to people who interact with them.

The Benefits Of Carpet Extraction

A carpet extractor allows people to clean large areas of carpet quickly and efficiently. This makes them ideal for commercial and industrial settings, such as hotels and office buildings, where the floor needs to be ready for normal business operations the next day. Carpet extraction also helps to improve indoor air quality by removing dust, dirt and other pollutants from the carpet.

It is important to use a carpet extractor correctly. The first step is to vacuum the carpet with a professional-grade vacuum cleaner, which will remove the majority of the loose dirt and debris. Vacuuming also fluffs the carpet fibers, which makes it easier for the cleaning solution to reach deep down into the fibers to break apart dirt and other contaminants.

Next, fill the extractor’s solution tank with carpet cleaner, making sure that the machine is not overloaded. Then, depress the switch that turns on the pump, brush and vacuum shoe. As you walk the machine backwards over the carpet, the solution will be sprayed down onto the carpet. As you walk over it, the brush will scrub the carpet and then the vacuum shoe will pull up the mixture of dirt, carpet shampoo and water from the floor.

If the carpet is particularly soiled, it may be necessary to pre-spray the area with cleaning chemicals before running the extractor over the carpet. This step is very important for heavily soiled carpet, as it will enable the chemicals to soak into the carpet and break apart the binding agents that hold the dirt in place.

The carpet is then left to dry, usually in about an hour or two. Many extractors have built-in fans or heaters that can help speed the drying process, while others rely on natural evaporation. Once the carpet is fully dry, it can be opened to occupants of the building.

Regular use of a carpet extractor can greatly extend the life of the carpet, which will reduce maintenance and replacement costs. It can also improve indoor air quality and prevent the spread of germs and other unwanted substances. In addition, carpet that is cleaned regularly by extractors is much less likely to become stained or worn than unclean carpet. In short, a carpet extractor is one of the best investments that you can make for your property. For these reasons, it is important to choose an extractor that is certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). Having CRI certification means that your carpet extractor will meet the highest standards for effective cleaning and appearance retention.