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    Commercial Carpet Cleaning: Pros and Cons of Hot Water Extraction

    Posted by David Saidi on Nov 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM
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    hot water extraction for commercial carpet cleaningCommercial carpet cleaning companies utilize many carpet cleaning methods to remove stains, grit and grime from home carpets. One of the most effective and utilized methods is hot water extraction or steam cleaning.

    The pressurized hot water extraction process utilized high pressure to agitate the dirt and hot water to significantly increase the reaction rate.

    Learn more about why hot water extraction cleans carpet best.

    Pros and Cons of Hot Water Extraction


    Although officially known as “steam cleaning”, there is no actual steam involved in the process. Instead, this technique involves preconditioning the carpet with chemicals (alkaline) that liquefies oil-based substances typically found in the carpet fibers.

    Then, water is heated almost to boiling point (between 50 and 120 degrees Celsius) and pressurized.

    Finally, it is injected into the fibers for approximately 10-to-15 minutes.

    Once settled, the solution is extracted using a vacuum. Each section of the surface is passed over several times using the vacuum.

    At the end of the procedure, the carpet is dried to limit additional saturation.


    This commercial carpet cleaning method is one of the most common due to its many benefits including:

    • Allows for extended dwelling of cleaning solvents for a thorough clean

    • Chemical reactivity occurs by use of a grooming tool (vacuum)

    • Highest recommendation by cleaning experts and carpet manufacturers

    • Leaves fewer residues behind compared to alternative cleaning options

    • Removes soiling from deep within the carpet fibers

    • Safest option for carpet cleaning

    • Utilizes high temperatures, chemical concentrates and pressures for effective stain removal


    Like with all methods of commercial carpet cleaning, there are a few cons to using this cleaning option, such as,

    • Expensive equipment required to maximize efficiency

    • High cost

    • Lengthy drying time

    • One of the most difficult cleaning techniques

    Despite its few limitations, hot water extraction is the best commercial cleaning option available, especially for the deepest and toughest stains. Although there are machines that can be purchased for home use, it is best to hire a commercial carpet cleaning company who can deliver a deep carpet cleaning.

    Experience this commercial carpet cleaning method for your commercial space.

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    Topics: Carpet Cleaning, Commercial Services