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by Matt Goering

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Carpets in Denver get dirty. Thanks to weather that can change from sun to sleet to snow over the course of a few hours, there's really no way around it. The best way to fight that phenomenon in the Mile High City is to hire professional carpet cleaning services in Denver to come do a regular carpet cleaning for you. By doing so you won't just be keeping your carpets clean, either. Most major carpet manufacturers recommend that you deep clean your carpets once or twice a year to get the most out of them when it comes to maintaining looks and maximizing longevity. So what are your options when it comes to carpet cleaning in Denver? Read on for some suggestions in choosing the right carpet cleaning method, as well some information on how much you can expect an average carpet cleaning in Denver to cost.

A Quick Ditty On Cleaning Carpets Yourself To put it frankly, any clean is better than no clean. That being said, if it comes down to doing it yourself or not doing it all, go rent a steam cleaner from King Soopers or Home Depot, and do your worst. There is a reason, however, that major carpet manufacturers recommend a "professional" cleaning, and that you use the hot water extraction method to do it. To get the most out of any carpet cleaning in Denver, it's best to have your carpets cleaned by carpet cleaning services in Denver that use a truck-mounted unit. Truck-mounted units translate to more power, which means there will be less dirt, oil, residue, and water left in your carpet pile when the cleaning is over. It's easy to see why removing more dirt is better, but overwetting a carpet can also lead to some serious problems if your carpet is not able to dry out quick enough, such as nasty odors, mildew, fungus, and even mold.

The Cadillac of Denver Carpet Cleaning Services: Hot Water Extraction There are those who might try to debate the point, but the fact is that hot water extraction, also known as steam cleaning, is the best of the best when it comes to giving your carpet a bona fide deep clean. If you only clean your carpets once a year, or less, then by all means call Denver carpet cleaners who utilize steam cleaning as their method of choice. Make sure that they use truck-mounted units, and be prepared to stay off of your carpets for about eight hours after the cleaning is finished. Hot water extraction cleans all the way down to the underlayment, meaning that there's a lot more carpet that needs to dry out than if you choose some of the "dryer" carpet cleaning methods used along the Front Range.

Dry Denver Carpet Cleaning There are certainly times when its time to clean the carpets, but you simply aren't able to wait out the eight hours of dry time that hot water extraction is going to require. Never fear. There are other options out there, including two carpet cleaning processes that claim to be "dry" because they require little, or no, drying time after the carpet has been cleaned. Both are excellent choices, especially for intermediate "maintenance cleanings" between deep steam cleanings.

  • Bonnet Carpet Cleaning Services in Denver utilize a rotary machine much like a floor buffer to work a detergent and water solution into the carpet pile. That detergent, along with the dirt it stirs up, is then soaked up by the pad on the buffer (called a "bonnet"). When the bonnet gets too dirty, it's changed out for a new one. Bonnet carpet cleaning does a good job of cleaning carpets, but doesn't clean as deep as hot water extraction. Since it uses so much less water, however, dry times are reduced to an hour or two, rather than an entire day. On a side note, carbonated water is sometimes used by Bonnet carpet cleaners in Denver, leading some companies to refer to this process as "carbonated" carpet cleaning in Denver.

  • Dry Carpet Cleaning in Denver is the only true dry carpet cleaning process in the Mile High City, though many carpet cleaning services in Denver who use the Bonnet method advertise it as a "dry" carpet cleaning, as well. With true dry carpet cleaning, a powder that bonds to dirt is applied to the carpet, worked into the pile, and left to sit for about 15 minutes. Then the powder is vacuumed up by a powerful vacuum unit, dirt included. Some carpet cleaners swear by this method, and claim that it provides just as thorough a cleaning as hot water extraction. In our experience, that's not usually the case. It does makes for excellent maintenance cleaning, however, and since there's no dry time at all, it is certain to cause you the least amount of inconvenience of any method out there.

    Denver Carpet Cleaning Costs Whichever method you choose, the prices are about the same. ServiceMagic.com collects data from post project surveys that we perform on all the jobs that originate as referrals in our system. That data shows that hiring Denver carpet cleaners to clean your carpets averages just more than $200 a visit, with a low of $50 and a high in our books of $700. Obviously, final price is going to be determined by the square footage of your home, the number of rooms you have, and the current state of your carpets. The more carpet there is to clean, and the dirtier it is, the more expensive it's going to be. To get the biggest bang for your buck, ask about which carpet cleaning method they use, whether they use truck-mounted or portable units, and get estimates from three different contractors before you hire the job out. Carpet cleaners in Denver aren't different from anybody other home improvement professional in that they want your business. That being the case, you may get a better deal if you mention that you're shopping around for the best price and service, instead of hiring the first Joe that comes along.

    Matt Goering, formerly a carpenter and house painter, is a freelance writer for the home improvement industry who has published over 600 articles.