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Carpet cleaning the SERVPRO of Lakeland way.

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Carpet cleaning the SERVPRO of Lakeland way. When others said "It couldn't be cleaned", SERVPRO of Lakeland showed up and said "yes it can".

At SERVPRO of Lakeland we like to use Hot Water Extraction (HWE) as a method of carpet cleaning. It involves a combination of hot water and cleaning agents being injected into the fibers of the carpet at high pressure and all lifted soil being removed by a powerful vacuum.


Though commonly called "steam cleaning", no actual steam is involved in the HWE cleaning process apart from steam that may escape accidentally from the hot water. When the cleaning solution comes in contact with the carpet, it is 125 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the heat available from the cleaning unit. In a modern truck-mounted carpet cleaning machine, water can be heated under pressure to over 300 degrees Fahrenheit, but after passing through high-pressure steel braided hose and several manifolds, the water loses much of its heat.

At SERVPRO of Lakeland we like to begin with preconditioner using a pre-spray cleaner that is applied to the soiled surface, followed by light agitation with a grooming brush if the staining is heavy. Next, the surface is passed over several times with a cleaning wand to thoroughly rinse out the preconditioner, as well as use the powerful vacuum to extract as much water as possible. In the next stage, the carpet is dried using a fan or carpet dryer if necessary.

Hot Water Extraction Machines:

We also are equipped with portable machines, which use electricity to heat the water and power the water pump and vacuum motors. Our truck-mounted machines are powered by the van engine. Portable machines are able to access challenging to reach buildings and higher floors, while truck-mounted machines are more powerful and can clean and dry faster. Consumer-grade rental machines use similar technology to professional systems, but with a lot less power and usually without an element to heat water.

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