Industrial Carpet Shampoo

Throughout the 20th century, the use of industrial carpet cleaning shampoo solutions was very wide indeed. During this time there was little competition in terms of industrial carpet cleaning methods, which may explain part of its popularity at the time. While new methods have evolved since the late 20th century and onwards, the use of industrial carpet shampoo is still fairly widespread and many cleaners still swear by its efficiency.

How to Apply Industrial Carpet Shampoo

Applying industrial carpet shampoo requires some specialist equipment, which is why it never really made it into private use, though more effective than hoovering alone. While machines have been brought to market that tried to bridge the gap between professional and home use, allowing for shampoo to be used at home as well as in smaller workplaces, these received a lukewarm reception at best. Most customers still prefer to bring in a professional to clean their carpet on an annual basis to owning the cleaning equipment themselves, as a vacuum will largely cover home cleaning needs.

The Shampoo Cleaning Process

The machines used to apply carpet shampoo are most commonly referred to, quite simply, as carpet cleaners, carpet washers, or carpet shampooers. It is generally recommended that you hoover your carpet prior to using a carpet cleaner to get the best result possible, though most machines will work on an un-hoovered carpet as well. The cleaning process begins with the application of carpet cleaning shampoo (these used to be made from coconut oil, but have since been replaced by synthetic detergents) which is worked into the carpet by a rotating brush. The brush ensures that the carpet is cleaned not only on the surface, but all the way to the root of its strands.

The application of the industrial carpet shampoo is followed by wet hoovering, in an effort to remove shampoo residue and dirt. However, a normal dry hoover is commonly needed the day after cleaning your carpet with an industrial carpet shampoo as shampoo residue is commonly left in the carpet and can attract further dirt.

Weaknesses of Industrial Carpet Shampoo

While no one would argue that the use of shampoo doesn’t clean your carpet, it does face quite a few criticisms in light of new alternatives. Perhaps the most common criticism is that it doesn’t clean the carpet as thoroughly as newer methods (e.g. encapsulation or steam cleaning); as mentioned above it is common for shampoo residue to be left in the carpet and this will attract dirt, thus the carpet needs further hoovering. Another very common criticism is that it takes too long – not only does it take comparably long to apply the solution, let it work, and wet vacuum once it is done; it also requires a fair bit of time to dry out, which can lead to loss of use of the carpet and thus loss of profits. Finally, industrial carpet shampoo cleaners require a professional to be used – which may be an unwanted expense.