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Types of Carpet Cleaning Machines

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You have endless choices when it comes to selecting a company to clean your carpet, whether in the home or at the office. Though this might be the case, you need to know what the company intends to do with your carpet. In some cases, you may not like the cleaning methods because it is unsuitable for your type of carpet. Before you start looking for types of carpet cleaning machines, it is important that you know what cleaning methods are used by cleaning services first.

Types of Carpet Cleaning Machines

This article will mainly feature the various cleaning methods you can expect from professional cleaning services. Here is an outline of some of the cleaning techniques you can expect to protect your carpet.

Bonnet Cleaning

This is a method used for surface cleaning. This method mainly features the use of a motorized cleaning machine that has a spinning pad immersed in cleaning solution. It is one of the most commonly used methods for cleaning commercial grade carpets, especially for areas that see high traffic. These areas need to be cleaned quickly and in such a way that they can dry faster. Bonnet cleaning is one of the most common cleaning techniques used for hotels so that guests are never inconvenienced.


Shampoo cleaning for carpets was used mostly before encapsulation came and replaced it. The method was mostly used for highly soiled carpets such as carpets stained from mildew, sticky residue and whatnot. The carpet is sprayed in shampoo and left to dry. It is a slow method that is not applicable for carpets that soil quickly. The carpet is not rinsed, thus making it sticky when dry.

Dry Carpet Laundering

Dry carpet cleaning is also known as compound cleaning. The cleaning method is one of the newest techniques in the market and one of the most favored. It is one of the best methods when it comes to cleaning performance and it does not need drying time.

The method uses biodegradable material that is applied to the carpet like micro-sponges. The material is put at the bottom side of the carpet using a machine with a counter rotating brush which opens up the carpet threads to allow the compound into the carpet’s fabric.

This is the cleaning method to use for offices that need to be open 24 hours a day. The cleaning regime does not interrupt normal activity in the office.

These are just some of the main cleaning techniques being used today. There are several others that work mostly for residential cleaning needs than for commercial settings. Find a cleaning company that can handle your carpet’s cleaning requirements. You have to watch out for cleaning methods that are a quick fix unless you really have to use them. These often end up costing you more when you have to call the cleaning company to do the job to completion.

Bottom Line

You also have the homeowners who are too finicky about how they look after the house and prefer to do it themselves. If that’s you, then you might want to look at some types of carpet cleaning machines and the methods you can use. The newer models are chock full with cleaning settings for deep or mild cleaning. Worst comes to worst, you can also look into professional carpet cleaning as well.



Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

I would love to know more about compound cleaning. Personally I use a rug doctor for all my cleaning needs. Think I will investigate compound cleaning.

Sep 09, 2019 10:54 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Jennifer Stone very good report about types of carpet cleaning machines.

Sep 09, 2019 03:11 PM