Industrial Carpet Steamer

Steaming is one of the most popular methods of carpet cleaning as it is highly efficient, and it doesn’t get more efficient than using an industrial carpet steamer. These are considerably larger and more powerful than any model available for private use, and will provide a much better result than many other methods of industrial carpet cleaning, such as shampooing or bonneting.

Use of Chemicals

Unlike the smaller carpet steamers that are available for private use, industrial carpet cleaners do not rely on steam alone. Prior to steaming the carpet, a solution consisting of an alkaline agent is applied to the carpet. Following the application of this agent, the carpet is distressed using a grooming brush (which ensures that the agent is applied all the way to the carpet’s “roots”, thus providing a deeper clean) the solution is then left to work on the carpet for a short period of time.

Once the agent has been left to dwell for a sufficient amount of time, a cleaning tool (often referred to as a wand) is passed over the surface of the carpet repeatedly, applying steam as it goes along. The steam is used to rinse out all of the dirt trapped in the carpet, as well as the alkaline agent which was used as a preconditioner. Industrial carpet steamers are thus able to give a considerably more thorough clean than is possible with a domestic piece of equipment.

Possible Hazards

While industrial carpet steamers are perfectly safe to use on the vast majority of carpets, please note that some older carpets (loose rugs or double jute-backed carpets, for example) may shrink when cleaned with steam. This may also lead to tears appearing in the carpet, which would thus need to be replaced. Again, this only applies to older carpets and carpets that are in bad physical condition prior to the steam clean, and other methods of cleaning could be equally damaging for such carpets.

Drying time

The final thing to note with regard to industrial steam cleaning is that, as with any other water based method of carpet cleaning, it requires considerably drying time. Indeed, depending on the thickness of your carpet and the airflow of the area in question, you may have to be prepared to leave the carpet to dry for up to 24 hours or, in some extreme cases, more. This is possibly the biggest drawback of industrial carpet steamers, but it is not one that can’t be circumvented to some degree.

It is possible to speed up the drying process by employing industrial carpet dryers. These are basically large and very powerful fans which are constructed in such a way that their airflow is directed directly onto the carpet, thus speeding up the drying process considerably. A good industrial carpet steaming company will be able to supply you with fans, and may employ further methods in order to increase the drying speed – as such, it’s worthwhile being picky when choosing your service provider.