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Dry Foam Cleaning

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Topic: Dry Foam Cleaning
Posted By: carpetologist
Subject: Dry Foam Cleaning
Date Posted: 09/July/2004 at 5:22pm

Dry Foam Cleaning


Dry foam carpet cleaning is a version of the shampoo method. The term "dry" is a relative term used to describe the low amount of moisture used. Dry foam carpet cleaning utilizes special equipment equipped with a foam generator that whips the shampoo liquid into a foam before it is applied to the carpet. Most dry foam equipment utilizes cylindrical of reel type brush systems for agitation. Some dry foam equipment is also equipped with a vacuum recovery system to extract the soiled foam solution.

Dry Foam Cleaning


  • Dry foam systems utilize low amounts of moisture that results in fast drying times.
  • Minimal operator skill level is required.
  • Dry foam is an acceptable method for surface cleaning, if periodic extraction is available, in commercial maintenance programs.
  • Dry foam cleaning is capable of covering large areas in short periods of time.
  • Due to low moisture levels, problems associated with over wetting are minimized.


  • Relatively low to moderate level of soil removal.
  • Overlap areas in the cleaning process can result in streaks.
  • Little or no extraction capability can allow excessive soil and residue buildup.
  • Pile lifting and vacuuming after drying, as well as periodic hot water extraction is recommended when dry foam cleaning is used on a regular basis.

When using dry foam it is important to use a soil retardant shampoo like KK Kuik Dry Shampoo so as to leave crisp dry residues that can be removed with pile lifting and vacuuming. Waxy/sticky residues will cause accelerated re-soiling and can only be removed with hot water extraction corrective cleaning.

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Posted By: LArugcleaning
Date Posted: 14/July/2010 at 10:57pm
Thanks for the Details. Its quiet helpful.

Posted By: Carl79
Date Posted: 26/July/2011 at 9:52am
Wow this is impressive post.Thank you for the details.

Posted By: rosemary0587
Date Posted: 16/September/2011 at 6:32am

Dry carpet cleaning method is one of the best cleaning method. This method does not make use of water so there are very less chances of your carpet getting dull. Most of the carpet cleaning methods uses water to clean carpets.

Posted By: John L
Date Posted: 16/September/2011 at 10:50am
Took you guys over 6yrs to post on this! Ahhhh!!
And sorry to say rosy... Water does not make your carpet dull. Who told you this?
Your screwed up Fascist Gov't? Stern Smile

Posted By: Cleanerlondon
Date Posted: 10/December/2013 at 2:59am
Good post and Very useful information particularly the last part :) and We carry a wide range of products to suit a variety of budgets and tastes. As we are the only leading and well professional company in this industry we provide lowest price in entire London........:)

Posted By: TipTopCleaning
Date Posted: 14/November/2023 at 5:27pm
What stands out is the use of cylindrical or reel-type brush systems for agitation in most dry foam equipment. This adds an extra layer of effectiveness to the cleaning process. The inclusion of a vacuum recovery system in some equipment is a thoughtful touch, ensuring the extraction of the soiled foam solution for a thorough and efficient cleaning experience. 

It's always interesting to see the evolution and variations in carpet cleaning methods!

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