Keeping your carpets clean is vital in ensuring you and your family are healthy. As carpet fibers can easily trap dirt, dust, debris, and bacteria, it’s crucial to have a carpet cleaning routine to keep your carpet free of harmful particles. 

When it comes to how you should clean your carpets, though, there’s no lack of techniques. Here are some different carpet cleaning techniques in Tampa:

  1. Hot Water Extraction

This is the most common way to clean residential carpets, though it’s also used to clean commercial carpeting. With the use of pressurized hot water, this method deep cleans your carpets and kills harmful bacteria. It uses a lot of water, so your carpet will need time to dry, but it’s the most common cleaning method for homeowners.

With hot water extraction, it’s recommended to schedule a time when you won’t be around. For commercial offices, this may be late afternoon when the office will be empty overnight. For homeowners, this may be in the morning when you leave for work. In either case, your carpets will be clean and dry by the time you return.

  1. Dry Powder Cleaning

This cleaning method uses a soft, natural cleaning product combined with water, detergent, and a solvent. The solution is then sprinkled onto the carpet, usually in clumps that draw up harmful debris and bacteria. The clumps are later vacuumed up, keeping your carpets dry.

 Dry powder cleaning isn’t a deep cleaning technique, but it is a good way to keep your carpets from looking too dirty as it cleans the surface of your carpet.

  1. Carpet Shampooing

Shampooing is a cleaning technique that has since been abandoned for encapsulation, which is more common today. It’s a great way to deep clean carpets, but it leaves behind a lot of residue that may become sticky if done incorrectly. In addition, it takes a long time to dry, and the product will remain in the carpet. 

  1. Encapsulation

Encapsulation quickly replaced shampooing when it was first invented in the 1970s. Since then, it’s been used as a commercial cleaning method that uses less water. With the use of synthetic cleaning bases, encapsulation agitates bacteria, debris, and dirt hiding in your carpet and then crystallizes and dries into a powder. Once dry, this powder is easy to vacuum or sweep up.

Unlike shampooing, encapsulation doesn’t leave as much of the cleaning product behind as it can be vacuumed up. It also doesn’t need as much time to dry as there isn’t as much water used during the process.

Encapsulation isn’t a deep cleaning method, but it does have good results. It’s a good way to clean your carpets when you’re a little limited on time but want to make them look better.

  1. Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is another deep cleaning method that is commonly used for both residential and commercial purposes. It involves high pressure and heat to extract dirt, debris, and bacteria from your carpet. As a deep cleaning method, it improves the look of your carpet and removes harmful particles from deep within the carpet fibers.


There are a few more carpet cleaning methods, but the above five are the most common amongst homeowners and business owners alike. While you may spot clean and regularly vacuum your carpet, a thorough cleaning should still be done every so often to remove harmful bacteria and particles that are burrowed deep within your carpet.

Depending on the foot traffic that your carpet receives, schedule your carpet cleaning with us. For businesses, this may be every few months. For homes, you may be able to get away with it once or twice a year. It all depends on how your carpet is cared for and how much dirt it sees daily.