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Does Carpet Cleaning Kill Viruses & Bacteria?

Posted on November 1, 2022

The short answer to whether carpet cleaning kills viruses and bacteria is yes. But not every carpet cleaning method will be equally effective. Some means of cleaning carpets can even damage your carpet if you focus too much on the elimination of harmful bacteria. So here is what you need to know.

How Professional Carpet Cleaning Works

The most basic carpet cleaning service utilizes steam. Steam is heated and pressurized water vapor. Cleaning like this is often enough to get rid of the most basic stains, and it will also be enough to sanitize most areas that are bacteria-ridden.

For more problematic and hardy messes, there is deep cleaning, which has several additional steps. The severity of the mess might call for some or all of the following: shampooing, spot cleaning, and deodorizing. However, in the case of killing viruses, deodorizing is unlikely to be your chief concern.

This process can be utilized in other instances besides rug cleaning including upholstery cleaning and mattress cleaning. All you need is a professional cleaner who knows the proper way to treat your fabric. Anything else has the potential to damage your prized floor covering.

Strength Of Disinfectants

Heat is a natural disinfectant. Before alcohol or other antibacterial agents were widely available or entirely understood, medical instruments were sanitized with extreme heat. Without adding any chemicals, steam cleaning has the ability to kill viruses and even mold.

For additional cleaning power, there are cleaning agents that can be added to the equation. It might be overkill in certain instances, but if you want to be sure that nothing exists that can cause illness, then it might be a step worth taking for you. We can talk through the options when you call us for cleaning.

Thorough Cleaning

Having the right tools for the job does very little if you do not know what you are doing or do not have the patience to properly apply what you know, results with your viral elimination will vary. Heat and even chemicals have to be applied precisely and long enough to be effective without lingering long enough to damage your fabric.

With non-fabric surfaces, the damage is less of a risk while you are being thorough, but the cleaning itself may still be a bit tricky. For example, tile & grout cleaning presents certain difficulties due to the uneven surface and absorbance of some grout. In this case, thoroughness means properly addressing any cracks and crevices.

Hiring A Professional

One of the main perks of hiring a professional cleaning service is they know what works and what doesn’t. When you are buying cleaning products off the shelf, there are a lot of bold claims being made about virus elimination and killing 99.999% of bacteria, but it is not always true.

With expertise comes practice. Here at Angel Carpet Cleaning, we have used countless brand-name cleaners and home remedies. We have seen the results. How long they last, and what effects they have on various surfaces. There is no one better equipped to kill viruses and bacteria with carpet cleaning.

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