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    Posted: 17/August/2023 at 7:23am
I wanted to start a discussion about a crucial step in the carpet cleaning process that sometimes gets overlooked – vacuuming before hot water extraction. I believe that this step is incredibly important and shouldn't be skipped, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

When it comes to cleaning carpets, hot water extraction is a widely used and effective method. It involves injecting hot water and cleaning solution into the carpet fibers and then immediately extracting the water, along with dirt, debris, and stains. It's great for deep cleaning and rejuvenating your carpets. However, there's a step that comes before the actual extraction that can significantly impact the final results – vacuuming.

Here are a few reasons why vacuuming before hot water extraction is essential:

(1.Surface Dirt Removal)
Vacuuming initially removes the loose dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris from the carpet's surface. This might seem like a minor step, but if you skip it and go straight to hot water extraction, you risk pushing this surface dirt deeper into the carpet fibers, making the cleaning process less effective.

(2.Enhances Hot Water Extraction)
Hot water extraction works best when the carpet fibers are free from loose dirt and debris. This allows the cleaning solution to penetrate the fibers more effectively, loosening up and breaking down the dirt and stains trapped within. When the surface dirt is removed, the extraction process can focus on the deeper, more stubborn dirt, resulting in a cleaner and fresher carpet.

(3. Prevents Clogging)
The vacuuming step helps prevent your hot water extraction machine's cleaning wand and filter from clogging up prematurely. The removal of debris ensures that the cleaning solution can flow smoothly through your machine leading to a more consistent and thorough cleaning process.

(4. Extends Carpet Life)
Regular vacuuming before hot water extraction can contribute to the overall longevity of your carpets. Dust and dirt particles can be abrasive, wearing down the carpet fibers over time. By removing these particles before deep cleaning, you're helping to preserve the integrity of your carpets and keep them looking better for longer.

(5. Improved Air Quality)
Vacuuming before hot water extraction not only benefits the carpet but also the indoor air quality of your home. By removing dust, allergens, and other particles from the carpet, you prevent these from becoming airborne and circulating in your living space.

In conclusion, vacuuming before hot water extraction isn't just an extra step – it's a vital part of the process that sets the stage for effective and thorough carpet cleaning. Skipping this step can compromise the results of your cleaning efforts and might not yield the desired outcome.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you always make sure to vacuum before hot water extraction, or have you noticed a difference when this step is skipped?

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My husband and I are relatively new to the carpet cleaning game, having started just about a year ago. We've had our fair share of experiences with both pre-vacuuming before hot water extraction and not pre-vacuuming. So, here's our take on it.

When we first began, we thought that pre-vacuuming wasn't that big of a deal. But after a few jobs where we skipped the vacuuming step, we quickly realized our mistake. The results weren't as impressive as we had hoped. Stains seemed to reappear faster, and the overall cleanliness didn't seem to last as long.

Then we decided to give pre-vacuuming a shot. The difference was remarkable. It's crazy how much dirt and debris can come out during the vacuuming process, even if the carpet looks fairly clean at first glance. We noticed that after vacuuming, the hot water extraction process seemed to be much more effective. It felt like the cleaning solution could penetrate deeper, and the carpets dried faster and looked brighter.

Sure, vacuuming adds a bit of extra time to the whole process, but we have found that it's well worth it. Not only do the carpets look better immediately after cleaning, but they also seem to stay cleaner for a longer period. Plus, customers have been happier with the results, which can lead to repeat business and positive reviews.

So, from our limited experience, We are definitely in the pro-vacuuming camp. It might take a bit more effort, but the outcome is consistently better. Of course, we are always learning, so I'm curious to hear what others have to say about their experiences with vacuuming before hot water extraction.

Also probably important to add is that we invested in a heavy-duty HEPA filtered vac that keeps debris from floating around our other clients houses/spaces. You never really know exactly what you are vacuuming up from job to job. We started off with a cheap vacuum and it was quickly apparent that some clients were complaining about their allergies or a sniffling nose immediately after we vacuumed. So, choosing a reputable HEPA filtered vacuum has been a definite asset.

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