Dry carpet cleaning involves the use of specialized compounds to clean carpets and other surfaces with no or almost no moisture. Such cleaning results in removal of dirt, stains, sand, grit, allergens, pollen and other particles from the cleaned surface.
There are several dry cleaning methods that are used at home or at industrial level.
Dry Compound Method
Dry Compound Method uses slightly moist cleaning compound which is spread over the cleaned area and brushed in without vacuuming. Dirt in the carpet is attracted to the compound and after a short drying time,
attracted dirt is removed by simple vacuuming, leaving carpet immediately clean and dry.
Short drying time is required since such compounds contains chemicals that attract dirt that must evaporate before vacuuming.
Dry compound method cleans carpet and other surfaces deeply, but vacuuming must be done thoroughly, otherwise, both dirt and cleaning compound will be left in the carpet and carpet will NOT be cleaned.
Encapsulation Method uses polymers that encapsulate dirt particles into dry residues on a simple contact. To enhance the cleaning, such polymers are often combined with detergents that help remove dirt particles from carpet fibers, after which polymers, detergents and dirt form solid and most important, free particles that are easily vacuumed away.
Again, in order for carpet to be cleaned thoroughly, vacuuming must remove polymer particles from carpet, otherwise, they will keep attracting more and more dirt particles, while carpet is in use - carpet will soon become even dirtier than before cleaning using encapsulation method.
Depending on the used chemicals, encapsulation method can require some drying time before vacuuming, however, there are cleaning compounds that require no drying time. Such compounds are brushed in using rotary brushes and vacuumed right away using strong suction - all combined in one cleaning head. Such cleaning methods are not the cheapest, but carpet is left dry, can be used right away and is more and more present in hotels, offices and similar environments where carpets and similar surfaces must be kept clean and ready for use right away.
Dry Ice Method
Dry Ice Method uses dry ice beam to blow away the dirt from the carpets and other fiber surfaces. It is very effective cleaning method, but it has large CO2 footprint and costs more than other methods. However, cleaning is 100% without moisture and CO2 particles that get trapped within carpet fibers simply evaporate in less than a minute. Of course, this method is not used and not recommended for home use.
Dry Cleaning at Home
Dry cleaning at home often requires applying one or two sprays of dry cleaning foam or powder, brushing cleaning powder into the carpet, waiting required time and then thorough vacuuming.
Dry cleaning leaves carpets clean and dry, ready to be used right away. For people having kids and pets, shampoo and/or steam cleaning is often unacceptable due to moisture left in the carpet that requires longer drying period (for example, over the night), especially when carpets and rugs are positioned on wooden floors.
Note: wooden floors doesn't tolerate well moisture, especially when they are exposed to moisture for longer period of time.
There are numerous dry cleaning products available for dry cleaning at home. Such product usually contain several items that must be used according to the instructions - so be sure to read the manuals before starting to clean.
Oreck Dry Carpet Cleaning Powder
Oreck cleaning powder for dry carpet is 'classic' dry cleaning powder. Dirt release spray is applied onto the carpet first, followed by cleaning powder which is brushed into the carpet.
After drying period of at least 30-45 minutes, carpet is thoroughly vacuumed.
Again, this and similar products require really good vacuuming to be removed entirely from the carpet!
Before cleaning oriental carpets and other sensitive surfaces with this and similar products, check the labels and if required, test a little bit on the bottom side of the carpet to see if there the colors are fading away after being dry cleaned.
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Oreck Dry Carpet Cleaning Powder Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning Kit
This is all-in-one dry cleaning kit, suitable for deep cleaning of various surfaces, including sensitive surfaces like wool, sisal and oriental carpets.
IMHO, sensitive surfaces should be tested first on small area - after carefully reading the labels and instructions.
To remove really stubborn stains, some people recommend applying powder with bare hands and not the brush - in that case, use some sort of latex or similar gloves to protect the skin.
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning Kit Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
Racine Ind. Host Dry Carpet Cleaner
Racine Ind. Host Dry Carpet Cleaner is advertised as being safe for sensitive carpets including wool, sisal and oriental carpets - removes not only stubborn dirt, but also mold and other allergens.
As said before, sensitive surfaces should be tested first on small area on a underside of the carpet - after carefully reading the labels and instructions. This way, discolorations of carpets can be avoided.
It has appearance of slightly moist sawdust-like powder. When cleaning, powder is rubbed into the carpet and after drying, simply vacuumed using ordinary carpet vacuum cleaner.
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Racine Ind. Host Dry Carpet Cleaner Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
Chem-Dry Carpet Stain Extinguisher Spot Remover - 18 Oz Aerosol
This is NOT 100% water/moisture free cleaning option - it uses carbonated water to lift dirt to the surface for effective cleaning. It is safe and non-toxic cleaning method, which is very important for people having kids and pets.
Since it leaves no residue of any kind, spots will not reappear on cleaned area - it removes dirt spots from surfaces like carpets, upholstery, auto interiors and clothing.
It is advertised as being very efficient in removing stains from ketchup, syrups, soda and other water based stains.
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Chem-Dry Carpet Stain Extinguisher Spot Remover Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
Chem-Dry Stain Extinguisher is also available for:
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These products are very popular for dry (or almost dry) cleaning of carpets, but there are many others. It is vital to know how they work and how they can help in keeping household clean and pleasant for living.
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