All methods have their place and there are advantages and disadvantages to all. Some use more moisture, some are nearly completely dry. Some fabrics and carpets cannot be wet cleaned, so a low moisture/dry system has to be used regardless to how much soil is to be removed. The general rule of thumb is the less moisture used the less effective the cleaning will be. However over wetting carpets and upholstery will potentially damage them and cause all kinds of problems so it is important to always use a certified expert like Touch Dry Restoration who knows exactly how to get the best results whilst skilfully managing moisture levels with their use of specialist equipment, techniques and time to reduce drying overall times.
Generally all systems serve well for general maintenance cleaning, which is when the carpets and upholstery are cleaned regularly and well before they become soiled i.e. every 3-6 months. Hot water extraction is the most popular system and this is because it is the most effective system for actual soil and stain removal, but to effectively break down years of soil which has become deeply ingrained in the fabric and carpet pile, a combination of systems is necessary in order to restore the items, neutralise them, condition them and dry them. The maintenance systems vary in cost and are all considerably cheaper than restoration cleaning:
Rotary Bonnet Buffing
using micro splitting technology is generally the cheapest method and offers a good surface clean and reduction of general marks and spots with short drying times some added fiber protection.
Dry Compound Cleaning
offers zero drying times but is expensive, not as effective at improving the general appearance, leaves traces of the compound in the carpet even once it has been cleaned and is the least effective at breaking down general marks, spots and stains.
Rotary Shampoo Brushing & Dry Vacuum
seldom used these days it is one of the cheaper methods, provides good agitation and soil break down but the dry vacuum extraction of the encapsulated dirt means residues are left behind which attract soil meaning much more regular cleaning.
Hot Water Extraction
has the longest drying times and presents more risks of damage when used by untrained professionals than the other lower moisture methods. It does however offer the most effective surface clean and a deeper clean removing soil from the top third of the fiber as opposed to the top quarter of the fiber which is what is achieved with the other lower moisture systems.
Dry Solvent Cleaning Rugs & Upholstery
- A system Touch Dry Restoration used only when we have to, due to the wet sensitive fabrics and fibers we come across from time to time. Expensive, toxic and not very effective at breaking down general soil, marks and stains. Effective at breaking down grease and oils but not much else.
Dual System Restoration Process
- The most expensive and time consuming of all systems but by far the best value for money. Utilizing the Rotary bonnet/shampoo systems in combination with hot water extraction, specialist stain removal techniques and rapid drying equipment, this system breaks down and removes soils, marks and stains from the base of the carpet pile and upholstery fabric, meaning 99% more soil removal is achieved than any other other system used in isolation. Carpets and upholstery look absolutely amazing straight after the clean, even better when completely dry, they stay looking great for a long time after with no sticky residues left behind and the items are fabric conditioned without stains wicking back once dry the carpet will continue to repel soil for extended periods of time. With the removal of the sand, grit, hair and other dirt particles removed from the base of the carpet the result means a significant extension in the items shelf life. What you spend on this service in the short term will be saved many times over in the long term!