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The Science Behind Carpet Cleaning: How the Pros Get the Job Done

When you call the Pros to clean your carpet, you're not just getting a surface-level freshening up. There's a solid foundation of science that goes into making sure your carpet isn't just clean, but also healthy and free from stains and harmful microorganisms and allergens. So, how do The Pros get it done? Let's dive into the science behind professional carpet cleaning.

1. The Chemistry of Cleaning Solutions

Not all stains are created equal. A red wine stain requires a different approach than, say, an oil-based paint spill. This is where the chemistry of cleaning solutions comes into play. The Pros use specially formulated solutions that break down different types of stains. Enzymatic cleaners, for instance, are designed to break down organic materials like food or pet stains. These cleaners literally digest the stain, breaking it down into simpler substances that can be more easily removed.

2. The Physics of Hot Water Extraction

Our most common pro carpet cleaning method is our truck-mounted "hot water extraction" (HWE) system, often referred to as "steam cleaning". The process uses high-temperature water to agitate carpet fibers, effectively loosening dirt and grime.

Just as hot water is more effective at cleaning greasy dishes, it's also more effective at dissolving oily and greasy residues in carpets. When applied to the carpet, hot water helps break down oils, dirt, and grime that are embedded in the carpet fibers.

Also, most of our cleaning agents become more active or effective when combined with hot water.

Furthermore, hot water is very effective in killing bacteria, mites, and other allergens that can be lurking in the carpet.

Finally, carpets cleaned using very hot water, especially when combined with powerful "extraction" machinery, will dry faster than with other cleaning methods that use warm or cool water.

3. The Power of pH Levels

The Pros thoroughly understand the pH scale which is crucial when it comes to deep carpet cleaning. Some cleaning agents are alkaline, while others are acidic. Our Pros understand the right balance needed for different carpet types and stains. Using a solution that's too acidic or too alkaline can risk damaging the carpet fibers or leave behind soil-attracting residue. By striking the right pH balance, our pros ensure that we effectively and thoroughly clean your carpet without doing any harm.

4. Speedy Drying Techniques

It's not just about getting the carpet wet and clean; it's also essential that we get it dry. Lingering moisture can lead to mold growth and create a breeding ground for bacteria. This is often the problem with weak portable carpet cleaning equipment you can rent or buy. Our Pros use powerful truck-mounted extraction equipment to leave your carpet as dry as possible after cleaning.


One of a Kind Pros carpet cleaning service is much more than meets the eye. By leveraging chemistry, physics, and advanced equipment, our pros ensure that your carpet is clean, fresh, and hygienic. The next time you have your carpet professionally cleaned, you'll know there's a world of science ensuring every fiber is pristine!

To your clean and healthy home,

James Oakley
President, One of a Kind Pros

Top-Rated Professional Carpet Cleaning

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