Why Allergy Sufferers Should Avoid Wet Carpet Cleaning Methods
Updated: Apr 5, 2019
Most professional carpet cleaning companies use a wet carpet cleaning method commonly known as steam cleaning. However, this type of cleaning is not really steam cleaning at all. Technically, it's hot water extraction, and cleaning technicians typically use a wand to extract a mixture of hot water and detergent which was used to clean the carpet.
PROBLEMS WITH HOT WATER EXTRACTION
If you are allergic to mold or dust mites, you probably already know you should keep the humidity level in your home below 50% to avoid the growth of unwanted organisms. Mold and dust mites thrive in damp environments, and steam cleaning is known to leave the carpet wet, sometimes for hours, even days.
The carpet padding takes even longer to dry, because it can't get proper air circulation, which provides ideal conditions for mold and mildew growth. Hot water extraction can also cause damage to the floor beneath the padding, especially if it's wood.
Another drawback to the wet cleaning methods is the amount of time you have to wait to move the furniture back. It you move it back before the carpet is dry, it could leave permanent stains. Metal parts touching the carpet may leave rust stains, and stained furniture can leave permanent stain marks under the legs.
Wet carpet cleaning methods also leave behind a detergent residue if they are not rinsed properly. This residue makes the carpet sticky, and attracts more dirt to the carpet fibers after cleaning, causing you to clean more often than needed.
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