With every problem comes a solution. In case you are getting your carpet cleaned in the winter, you might not want to deal with the wetness that comes along with regular carpet cleaning. It might be much easier to practice dry carpet cleaning, because it will not be wet and will not damp inside your home. Several ways of dry carpet cleaning are:
Bonnet (Dry Cleaning)
Bonnet cleaning works great for in-between cleanings. It is safe for most carpet fibres and does remove the top soil. Bonnet cleaning does not get the dirt and germs deep in the carpet.
Often this is a cleaning product that is mixed in with carbonated water (club soda does it again). This mixture is then deposited onto the carpet in the form of a light spray of a mist. After this, a round buffer is then used to scrub the carpet in a rotating fashion. The cleaning mixture and the carbonation work in tandem to lift of particles.
The only real drawback to this method is that it often takes a long time to clean and that it usually only cleans the top one-third of the carpet. This is perfect if the carpet has no sentimental value, and you are just looking for a quick cleaning solution. However, if you want to get down to those smells and deep down grime you are going to need to find another solution.
Dry foam is almost very similar to the shampooing motion that has existed for a long time. It still requires that you do a lot of scrubbing and that you do so in a strong circular manner. The major difference is that with dry foam you do not have to wait for any drying. Often the bubbles will gradually disappear, so there is very little residue left over to deal with. Many dry foam carpet cleaning systems will have their own built in vacuum to deal with any leftovers. This is one that may not fit the classic definition of dry cleaning, but is a pretty effective way to clean your carpets.
Often a dry powder (sometimes small powdered corn cobs) is mixed with a cleaning solution. This mixture is then spread out evenly over the carpet. A round or cylindrical brush is then used to scrub the powder into the carpet where dirt and grime is attracted to it. The powder is then vacuumed off and before you know it you will be able to walk on the carpet. There is no drying time here at all.
However, much like the Bonnet method, you will probably only clean the top third of the carpet. Just keep this in mind, that this is a great way to do a quick effective cleaning before company comes over, but you still may need, a wet cleaning at some point.
You know that usually it is done with water and soap, when you are looking at carpet cleaning. But, there is a time when you might want to use dry carpet cleaning instead.