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Hot Water Extraction vs Steam Cleaning

Hot water extraction vs steam cleaning. Do you know the difference?

The fact is, many people mistakenly refer to hot water extraction as steam cleaning when in actuality, they are two entirely different cleaning processes. Each method uses a different temperature of water and sometimes different cleaning solutions as well. So before you clean your carpet or try to treat a nasty stain, read on to learn more about hot water extraction vs steaming cleaning.

Hot Water Extraction vs Steam Cleaning

THE BASICS

The primary difference between hot water extraction vs steam cleaning is the temperature of the water used. It’s basic science, really.

For a carpet to be steam cleaned, it must actually use steam. I know—who would have guessed? The water must be boiled so that it can transform into a gas. Therefore, the temperature has to be over 212 degrees Fahrenheit (the boiling point for water).

Hot water extraction, on the other hand, only requires hot water. How hot? Hot enough that it cleans deeply and effectively, but not so hot that it changes into another state of matter. Basically, water used in steam cleaning must be under 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

USES

Most carpet manufacturers recommend that their products be cleaned with hot water extraction. Natural fibers are cleaned with hot water extraction to prevent shrinkage, as is upholstery. It can be used to treat stains as well, unlike steam cleaning, which is avoided because it can actually set stains permanently. Steam cleaning is often used with synthetic carpet, and some people believe the higher level of heat will improve the cleanliness of their carpet.

However, homeowners should beware of renting or buying products like extractors and steamers to use at home. Inexperience and subpar equipment could lead to detergent residue, while inadequate ventilation could cause mold growth.

If you use a professional cleaner, both methods can work well because they avoid high levels of detergent and detergent residue, which attracts dirt and can quickly make your carpet dirty again. They’re useful if you or your family are concerned about exposure to volatile chemical compounds. Professionals will also make sure that most of the water sprayed on the carpet is removed. The process doesn’t take long and usually involves four simple steps. They’ll start with an inspection of the area, then they’ll apply an emulsifier or detergent, next they will rinse the carpet clean with water, and finally they will vacuum out nearly all of the water. Within 1-2 hours, your carpet will be dry again and ready for use.

Hot Water Extraction vs Steam Cleaning

CONCLUSION

So hot water extraction vs steam cleaning: which is best? The titles have become so jumbled that it’s hard to say, but hot water extraction is essentially superior.

The most important thing to note is that within the carpet industry, hot water extraction is increasingly being referred to as “steam cleaning.” If you’re confused as to which service a company offers, just ask, but it’s very likely that they use hot water extraction under the name steam cleaning.

If you’re in the Springfield area, give First Choice Carpet Cleaners a call. Our cleaning professionals perform hot water extraction using high-power, industrial machines. They’ll leave your carpets completely clean with absolutely no residue left afterward. Give us a call at 417-234-0906 to hear more about our carpet cleaning services.

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How to Get Baby Vomit Out of Your Couch

Babies are many things—they are small, they are cute, they are curious and cuddly. Unfortunately, amongst all of these positive attributes, I must also add that babies are messy. Very, very messy. They are so messy, in fact, that they often leave their parents, their clothes, and the items around them covered in food, spit, and other unmentionables. So today, we’re going to help you learn how to get baby vomit out of your couch. It’s not a fun job, but someone has to do it. Learn how to get baby vomit out of your couch now and keep this page bookmarked for later—you won’t regret it!

 

How to Get Baby Vomit Out of Your Couch

TO REMOVE THE STAIN

First, act fast! If you move quickly, you should be able to remove a lot of the stain before it has time to seep into the upholstery fibers. Wipe the vomit into a plastic bag using paper towels (and wear gloves, if you have them).

Second, if your cushions have removable covers, take them off and stick them in the washing machine. If the vomit only affected the covers, you’re golden! If not, read on.

One of the most convenient, inexpensive, and effective cleaners around, vinegar is perfect for baby vomit stains. It removes mold and bacteria as well as nasty smells. In fact, a microbiologist at Good Housekeeping found that plain old 5% vinegar is 90% effective against mold and 99.9% effective against bacteria (source). It’s also environmentally-friendly, easy to find, and useful in a variety of other cleaning tasks. Mix vinegar with warm water and apply the solution to your couch, using a washcloth or brush to scrub. The stain must be saturated and the scrubbing thorough. When the stain is gone, rinse the area with water, blot with a towel, and allow the spot to dry.

If you don’t have vinegar handy (or if you hate the smell!), try combining dish soap with water and mixing it until you have a soapy solution. Again, just like with the vinegar, you want to apply the solution to the stain, saturating it, and then scrub with a washcloth or brush. Blot and allow the spot to air dry.

With both vinegar and dish soap, you may not be successful on your first attempt. Repeat the steps until the area is clean and spotless. If the stain still remains after numerous attempts, try purchasing a commercial cleaning product designed for couch stains. There are many types available, but those created for pet stains and odors should work especially well.

TO GET RID OF THE SMELL

To remove any odors that linger after you’ve learned how to get baby vomit out of your couch, spray on more vinegar and let it dry. The vinegar has a strong odor as well, so be patient and allow everything to dry before you judge this solution’s success. If vinegar doesn’t work on its own, try combining it with another great multi-purpose cleaning product: baking soda. Spray the area with vinegar, blot it into the upholstery, and sprinkle on some baking soda. Let the spot sit for several hours (preferably overnight) so it is completely dry, and then vacuum off the powder. Repeat if necessary.

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If you’re still struggling to learn how to get baby vomit out of your couch, consider calling a professional cleaning company with experience in upholstery. We also recommend turning to the professionals if your couch is fragile, an antique, or made with an unusual fabric. If you live in the Kansas City Missouri area, give Friendly Cleaning Services a call. In addition to carpets, they also specialize in upholstery cleaning and would be happy to remove that stubborn stain for you.

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