What’s the difference between Steam Cleaning/ Hot Water Extraction and methods using a quicker drying method i.e. Encapsulation?
There are several fundamental differences between the methods, Steam Cleaning would be considered a restorative type of cleaning whereas encapsulation is considered an interim or maintenance type of cleaning.
Steam cleaning is the only method that is endorsed by the major carpet manufacturers.
Encapsulation allows for a faster drying time, which in commercial applications has some benefits.
Common brand names like Von Shrader, Quick dry, Chem-dry are Encapsulation based technology and require less training and skill level to use this method than a technician using the Hot Water Extraction method.
Hot water extraction, as its name suggests extracts the water, soil, debris and solution from your carpet by rinsing it and extracting it back into the recovery tank.
With Encapsulation, Carpets and rugs are treated with foam dry cleaning chemical compounds agitated using agitation equipment, distributing evenly throughout the carpet fibers. Any soil will be encapsulated and then forced towards the surface area where in which it crystallizes and it is very easily vacuumed away following drying.
Encapsulation does have some restorative properties from the esthetic point of view as it fills in small abrasions and allows better light reflection. The downfall with the method is there is no actual extraction, rather is breaks down the soil so it appears clean. The removal of the soil is done over time by the client or custodial staff.
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