Carpet Cleaning - Too-Good-To-Be-True Pricing

Have you ever seen those signs on the side of the road or in coupon books advertising “carpet cleaning” for a too-good-to-be-true price or “your carpeting will dry almost immediately!”  Ever wonder how they can offer such “cheap” pricing or how your carpets can dry within minutes?

In the vast world of carpet cleaning, two popular methods that often get compared are Bonnet Cleaning and Steam Cleaning. Both techniques have pros and cons, and understanding the differences can help you decide which approach is most suitable for your carpet’s needs. However, it’s essential to consider the more profound cleansing properties of steam cleaning and the potential harm that bonnet cleaning might cause due to pile distortion from pulling your carpet in the wrong direction.

Understanding Bonnet Cleaning (aka Dry Cleaning)

Bonnet cleaning, sometimes referred to as “dry cleaning,” is a method used primarily for surface cleaning. The process involves a rotary machine with a cleaning pad, often soaked in a solution, skimming the top layer of your carpet. While this method can quickly spruce up your carpet’s appearance, it will not offer a deep and thorough clean.

One of the critical benefits of bonnet cleaning is its efficiency. It’s fast, dries quickly, and is ideal for situations requiring quick fixes or routine carpet maintenance, such as in commercial settings. However, this speed and surface focus can also be a drawback. The bonnet cleaning process can leave allergens, dirt, and grime lurking beneath the carpet fibers, leading to a buildup over time.

Additionally, bonnet cleaning poses the risk of damaging your carpet. The rotating movement of the machine can cause pile distortion, pulling carpet fibers in the wrong direction and leading to premature wear and tear. This can ultimately affect the longevity and appearance of your carpet and, depending on your carpet’s warranty, could void it.

The Power of Steam Cleaning (aka Hot Water Extraction)

Steam cleaning, also known as hot water extraction, provides a deeper, more thorough cleaning compared to bonnet cleaning. This method uses hot water under high pressure to penetrate deep into the carpet fibers, loosening pollen, dust mites, dirt, and grime, which is then extracted using powerful suction.

A key advantage of steam cleaning is its ability to remove allergens, bacteria, and dirt deeply embedded in the carpet. This not only cleans the carpet but also enhances indoor air quality by eliminating potential sources of allergens. Furthermore, steam cleaning does not carry the risk of distorting the carpet pile, preserving its natural structure and longevity.

Due to the deep cleaning power of steam cleaning, the process is not as “quick” as bonnet cleaning; however, the payoff of a truly deep-cleaned carpet often outweighs these cons for many homeowners and professionals.

Choosing the Best Method for Your Carpet Cleaning

Choosing between bonnet cleaning and steam cleaning depends mainly on your individual needs. For quick touch-ups and routine maintenance, bonnet cleaning could suffice. But steam cleaning is the ideal choice for a comprehensive, deep clean, particularly for carpets that haven’t been cleaned for a long time or if you have allergies and want to reduce allergens.

Remember, while bonnet cleaning might give your carpet an immediate fresh look, it doesn’t compare to the deep clean that steam cleaning offers. Moreover, the risk of pile distortion from bonnet cleaning could lead to unnecessary costs down the line due to carpet repairs or replacements or carpet re-cleanings due to returning stains.

Every carpet manufacturer requires proper carpet maintenance. Failure to abide by carpet manufacturer maintenance guidelines may void your carpet warranty. Most major carpet manufacturers require that you have your carpeting maintained by an IICRC or CRI company using hot water extraction, of else your warranty can be voided.  Check your carpet cleaning warranty.

Tru-Clean Surface Care – Thoroughly Exhaustive Carpet Cleaning Throughout SW Florida

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), and a WoolSafe Approved Service Provider.  We are A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau and an eight-year-in-a-row winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.

Tru-Clean Surface Care prescribes to the IICRC standards and uses Hot Water Extraction (steam cleaning) on all cleaning efforts. Steam cleaning and allergen-free cleaning solutions allow our technicians to deliver the cleanest clean possible. Your carpeting will be dry within 2-3 hours of cleaning.

For more information about Tru-Clean Surface Care and our carpet cleaning services, visit us at or on our Facebook  page at You can also give us a call at 239-541-4888 – Cape Coral and Lee County, 239-206-1935 – Bonita Springs, Naples, and Marco Island, or 941-621-2198 – Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, Florida.

The beauty and life of your carpet depend on the care it receives. Proper cleaning will keep your carpet looking great for its entire lifetime, improve your indoor air quality, and keep your carpet warranties intact. If Tru-Clean Surface Care can ever be of service, call us any time.

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