Both routine and deep cleaning are essential for keeping carpets looking their best. Extraction or encapsulation is a great way to pick up the dirt, germs and spores that routine vacuuming and manual celaning leave behind.
How to choose the right machine
Machine uses pressure to apply cleaning solution while simultaneously vacuuming up dislodged dirt and excess solution. External cleaning tools connect to the extractor with a hose. Tank size and water pressure may vary from one model to the next. Some models have adjustable water pressure for extra versatility. Quality of accessories can influence ease of use and cleaning ability. Canister extractors are generally lighter than self-contained/with brush extractors. Consider size and shape of accessories, which can help to increase versatility.
Cleaning solution is pumped from solution tank to the brush, which agitates the carpet to create a mechanical cleaning action in addition to water pressure. Vacuum shoe collects dirty water and sends it to the recovery tank. Machines are fully autonomous; no hoses or other accessories to fuss with. However, an optional hose can be fitted on most machines for cleaning upholstery or better reaching corners and other hard-to-reach spots. Brush lifts pile of carpet for quick and effective cleaning, making these machines ideal for larger surfaces. Brush and tank sizes vary. Some models offer encapsulation as well. Choice of single or dual brushes for more effective mechanical action.
“Encapping” is an ultra-low moisture type of cleaning that uses polymers to encapsulate and crystallize dirt for immediate vacuuming. Shortens cleaning and drying time while improving the appearance of carpets. Compared to extraction, encapping typically requires less user training and floors can be used sooner.