In addition to regular vacuuming, interim cleaning methods can provide a more thorough cleaning that will not take up too much downtime as will professional restorative cleaning like extraction cleaning. One of these interim cleaning methods is called the encapsulation method.
The encapsulation method works by the use of a polymer that encapsulates the dirt particles, removing them, holding them in suspension, and releasing them from the carpet. Once the polymer dries, all that is left is a brittle residue composed of the dirt particles and the dried polymer, which can subsequently be easily vacuumed up. What happens is that the polymer crystallizes, thus preventing the cleaner itself from attracting other soils onto your carpet. After vacuuming, the carpet is left clean and fresh, without the need for extensive drying time.
Encapsulation cleaning is fast-drying and low maintenance, which is why it is steadily growing in popularity among carpet owners as an effective carpet cleaning method. And because the polymers used are easily vacuumed up after they dry, and with the help of no-residue detergents, there is often little to no residue left on the carpet afterward.
Cleaning your carpet using the encapsulation method is very simple. As with most cleaning methods, it is always advisable to start by vacuuming your carpet first, as thoroughly as possible. Then you can apply your selected cleaner, taking care to follow the manufacturer’s directions as closely as possible. This usually entails leaving the cleaner to sit on the carpet for a few minutes, followed by a period of agitation after the carpet dries, where you use a brush or high-powered agitation machines like a cylindrical rotary brush machine or bonnet to work the encapsulation solution deeper into the carpet. When the carpet dries, the polymers crystallize, making them easier to vacuum and clean up afterward. Finish up by vacuuming as thoroughly as possible once again.
This is an easy-to-apply carpet cleaning method that can be used as interim cleaning, on an average of about once a month. In addition to regular vacuuming and immediate spot treatment of stains and spills, the encapsulation method is a great and efficient way to maintain the cleanliness and quality of your carpets, helping to prolong its life and maintain its quality as long as possible. The fact that it is low-moisture and fast-drying also means that you will not have to experience large amounts of downtime dealing with a wet-looking and wet-smelling carpet that needs to be thoroughly dried.
Most experts recommend supplementing encapsulation cleaning methods with periodic hot-water extraction around one to two times a year.