What Carpet Cleaning Method is the Best?

Not all carpet cleaning methods – or companies for that matter – are created equal. Different companies use different approaches to clean carpets. How do you know which one is the most effective?

The four main types of carpet cleaning are wet cleaning, dry cleaning, cleaning with an absorbent pad and dry foam.

Wet Cleaning

This is the most popular method, and is recommended by carpet manufacturers and cleaning professionals. Also known as steam cleaning or hot water extraction, the carpet is pre-conditioned with a chemical reagent to liquefy soils and oil-based substances in the carpet fibers. Water, heated almost to boiling and pressurized, is injected into the carpet then extracted with a vacuum.

This method is very effective at removing deep down soil and staining, but it does take a while to dry. This is the method we use here at 1st Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Services for its excellent results due to high temperatures and safe use of solutions. But more on that later…

Cleaning With an Absorbent Pad

Dry cleaning with an absorbent pad, also known as bonnet cleaning, is used mostly for routine light maintenance. The carpet is vacuumed first, followed by application of a chemical solution with a hand pump or electric sprayer and allowed to sit. The absorbent pad, which resembles a towel, is placed on a rotary floor machine and will begin spinning over the carpet surface at 100 to 300 rpm. The purposes is to infiltrate the carpet fibers with the chemical solution and then extract all the soil afterward.

This method is fast and simple with no dry time but it usually only works well with lightly-soiled carpets. That’s because it only cleans the top one-third of the fibers and can’t reach deeper down where dirt and chemicals can accumulate.

Dry Cleaning With Absorbent Compound

A powder mixed with solvents and cleaning agents is spread over the carpet, and then worked into the carpet fibers with a machine featuring counter-rotating brushes. The powder will absorb the soils in the carpet fibers for about 15 minutes, until which time it’s vacuumed up. This method is simple and fast drying, but like the method above, it doesn’t give a deep down clean and can cause excessive dust build-up.

Dry Foam or Rotary Shampoo

A cleaning agent designed to suspend debris and dirt is applied, which is whipped into a foam and worked into the carpet fibers with machines featuring rotating brushes. The foam is then extracted with the vacuum. This method is also fast and simple and only uses a small amount of moisture, but high temperatures cannot be achieved and soil extraction is nearly impossible below the carpet’s surface.

What the True Professionals Use

Here at 1st Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Services, we use the most advanced cleaning technology available to give you the deep down clean you need. Our vans are equipped with The Butler System, the #1 truck mounted cleaning system available. This system is custom built into our vans using the V-8 van motor to power it, resulting in superior cleaning capabilities because it never loses suction or temperature.

Our system runs at a consistent temperature of 200 degrees, designed to sterilize all surfaces it touches. Most of our cleaning chemicals are made right here in Michigan, certified as environmentally friendly and non-toxic. We offer:

  • Steam Cleaning
  • Pet Stain and Order Removal
  • Carpet Deodorizers
  • Hot Water Extraction
  • Urine Removal
  • Anti-Bacterial Treatment

If you’re ready to give steam cleaning for your carpets a try, contact us at 248-491-3088. You won’t believe how clean your home can get!

I could not be happier with our cleaning service from 1st Class! From my first call, Ginny worked with me to optimize the timing of our cleaning with other work being done, and all communication from there was clear and thorough. Claude and Ginny are genuinely nice people and were a pleasure to work with during the cleaning. They clearly know their stuff and stand behind their work. Results were my formerly bedraggled 9 year old carpets looking brand new and a company I will definitely use again and recommend to others.
Sarah C.
This Company did a fantastic job on our 30+ year old carpet that just won't wear out! While we were moving furniture back afterward, I noticed a strip in a traffic area that didn't look quite right. When I contacted them, they were back out within a few hours and promptly took care of the issue!
Sue G.
Awesome company, my furniture looks amazing. They were clean and professional. Also, on time and went right to work!
michele G.
I saw their google reviews and called them for carpet cleaning. Very professional and the best carpet cleaners I have ever had and very reasonable prices. 😊😊😊
Sneha P.
Very professional, polite, the carpets looked and smelled wonderful!
Christine L.
I called him on Saturday to clean my couch and my chair and they came out on Sunday and did an awesome job. I will be using this company again
Tina S.
This company is amazing! I highly recommend them! They were on time and super friendly and did an amazing job! Great experience!
Grace S.
Team just left moments ago after carpet cleaning. House looks much better already. They got out stuck on stains. Highly recommend them. After using others, they are now our go to carpet cleaning crew.
J. A.
Are use this company for air duct and dryer vent cleaning services. The team was extremely professional and courteous and informed me of any concerns with my events. I was very happy with the quality of the service and the duration.
Heather S.
1st Class is exceptional. Extremely responsive, courteous, thorough and on time. Definitely recommend! THANK YOU!
Lindsay G.
Wow 1st class is their name for a reason. I had the vent cleaning, carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning services done today. They did such a thorough job in 2.5 hours for a 2500 sqft house, very nice owners (husband/wife) team that show up and WORK. Very satisfied.
Caitlin S.
Hung up the phone and they were at our front door in minutes. Toilet leaking all over wet carpet.
Chris J.
My 2 dogs got skunked last night. We cleaned up everything we could ourselves but our main rug i couldnt get the smell out. I called 1st class and HANDS DOWN the FASTEST SERVICE IVE EVER GOTTEN. Lucky for me they live down the road and were here at my house 15 mins later. Totally professional, got rid of the smell and so understanding and helpful.Im passing there information on to all my neighbors and friends because you dont get service like they provide anywhere else!!!Thanks again for everything!!!!
Kyle O.
Would recommend this company. On time and courteous. Excellent job on my carpet which was extremely dirty looks great now.
Dorothy M.
They were fabulous! They were early and got some nasty stuff out. Thank you so much.
Laura Y.
We have a carpet that was the best quality at the time, but is 30 years old. It had so many stains, I was sure they were permanent. The owners showed up with state of the art equipment and 'steam' cleaned, not hot water clean, and got almost every stain and mark out of this old carpet. It honestly looks like new. The only stain remaining was because it was actual wood stain and you have to replace the carpet with that much damage. The steam allows you to walk on the carpet in 6 hours instead of the usual 24. We are selling this house and the carpet was the only sore spot, but not anymore. I will recommend this company to family and friends with a clear conscience.
Tom T.