San Francisco’s Trusted Carpet Cleaners

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Carpets lie on the floor all day collecting dust, dirt and a world of other pollutants from pollen to urban pollution. A regular deep clean will help maintain your carpet’s health, keep your space looking clean, and make for a healthier home.


Steam & Deep Cleaning

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One of the best methods of effectively removing these pollutants and contaminants from a carpet is with a deep steam cleaning, also called hot water extraction cleaning.

Over the past few years, consumer standards for cleaning services have changed considerably. It is no longer acceptable to apply cleaning agents that contain strong VOCs, or chemical fragrances. The application of environmentally safe and completely non-toxic cleaning solutions is demanded by any modern home or office. It has been the practice of Green Carpet SF for the past ten years to apply only the best carpet cleaning solutions.

The primary cleaning agent we apply at Green Carpet SF is very effective in removing soil, and wont harm your pets or family.


Green Cleaning & Stain Removal

For those carpets that need a little extra encouragement to release heavy soil build ups and stains, we have other products. They are 100% environmentally friendly and non-toxic and also has a pleasant scent.

We can integrate our steam cleaning system with other machine to improve the drying time of your carpet. Other machines will provide better agitation that allows a deeper and more thorough cleaning.

If you have carpets that need a little attention, we suggest that you arrange an appointment with one of our qualified technicians. This will provide you with the most suitable plan for improving your carpets looks and hygiene.

To complement your newly cleaned carpet, request an upholstery cleaning & rug cleaning as well!


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Carpet Cleaning Methods

The cost of carpet cleaning can vary based on the method used. The most popular carpet cleaning method is hot water extraction, which is able to remove most dirt and bacteria within a carpet’s fibers. This cleaning technique has a shorter drying time than steam cleaning, and it uses less water as well. This is because the machine used when cleaning has strong suction power. With that said, if your carpeting is older and has weak backing, or if you have carpeting made from natural yarns, you could experience shrinkage after hot water extraction.

Hot Water Extraction (Steam Cleaning)

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This technique uses water at an extremely high temperature, and some sort of cleaning agent may be used as well. Jet nozzles give the carpets a high-pressure cleaning. A grooming tool will scrub the carpet during the process, ensuring that dirt is usually involved. A chemical substance, such as an acidic solution for wool carpets or an ammonia solution for carpets that are synthetic, can clear away dirt and oil. The carpet will be rinsed out with hot water, and then a wand will be used to suction that water away. Because the temperature of the water will be so hot, it could cause damage to carpets that are made from natural fibers. It’s also essential that the carpets have time to properly dry so that mold does not develop.

The cost of this service will vary based on the type of carpet. Berber is the least expensive type of carpeting to clean. You can expect to pay approximately 30% more for carpets made from wool or cotton.


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This method uses a foam shampoo and rotating brushes to fully clean the carpets. Then, the shampoo is vacuumed away without any rinsing. Some residue will remain, and it could become sticky after drying. This can make it difficult to keep your carpeting clean. Since very little moisture is used, it shouldn’t take too long for your carpets to dry.

Dry Cleaning

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Dry cleaning methods are actually around 10% water-based. A powder that contains cleaning agents and solvents is applied to the carpet. When it dissolves, it will absorb dirt. The carpet is brushed, and then the residue is cleared away with a vacuum. Your carpets will be dry enough to walk on within 20 minutes.

This method doesn’t provide the kind of deep cleaning hot water extraction can offer, but it is a faster and simpler method. Unlike shampooing, the chemicals used won’t damage carpet fibers or attract dirt.

Encapsulation Cleaning encapsulation cleaning method example

This cleaning method has a lot in common with dry cleaning. An applicator applies a wet foam detergent to the carpeting. That detergent will bind to the dirt in the carpet and will dry within 20 minutes. After it’s dry, the residue can be vacuumed away. This doesn’t use as much shampoo as standard carpet shampooing does, and the dry time is shorter. With that said, this method is less than ideal for carpeting that has been soiled heavily.

One perk is that the solution used will continue to gather dirt after the carpets have been cleaned. You can clear away that residue every time you vacuum.

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This method requires a cleaning detergent to be sprayed onto carpets. From there, a pad is soaked in a cleaning solution before it is attached to a spinning motor. It moves at speeds between 100 and 300 rpm. The dirt in the carpet is absorbed and cleared away. During this process, the pad will either be rinsed or replaced, as it becomes dirty quickly. It needs to be cleaned so that dirt doesn’t spread across your carpeting.

This type of cleaning is popular for commercial carpeting because it’s fast and dries quickly. However, only the top layer of carpeting will be cleaned. Additionally, it’s possible for the cleaning solution to build up over time. If you do choose this cleaning company, it’s possible that the warranty for your carpeting will be voided.


The Process Of Carpet Cleaning

Before you have your carpets cleaned, a cleaning service will usually ask you some questions. This can be done online, over the phone, or in-person. From there, you’ll be given a cost estimate. You’ll be asked about odors, stains, and the amount of traffic your home receives.

Before the cleaning begins, you’ll want to remove smaller pieces of furniture out of the way, particularly if they’re items that can be knocked over easily. You can keep large furniture like beds or sofas in place, but they’ll need to be covered during cleaning. You won’t want to move any items removed back until after your carpets have had the chance to dry.

Areas that are stained or heavily soiled will receive pre-treating.

The carpeting will be cleaned with care.

In some cases, companies will offer a final brush or grooming.

You can inspect your carpeting after the cleaning is complete.

To cut back on drying time, you could open windows or crank up your routine. Depending on the method used, it can take anywhere from two hours to a full day before your carpets are completely dry. In some cases, companies may have access to equipment like a Studebaker Fan, which can greatly decrease the drying time. This is because these fans take the dry air at the top of a room and move it towards your carpets.

Make sure you avoid wearing shoes indoors while your carpets are drying.


Removing Stains Via Carpet Cleaning

Many types of stains can be removed by carpet cleaning, including blood, dye, juice, wine, coffee, tea, urine, food, nail polish, and rust stains.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Methods

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In some cases, companies will use non-toxic cleaning methods that are certified green. These methods don’t use harsh chemicals like solvents or detergents. You’ll want to search for products that have either an Environmental Choice Program or Green Seal. To receive this seal, products must meet the following criteria:

  • Able to properly clean carpets without changing carpeting color
  • Toxicity limits for solutions and water are low
  • Does not have a negative impact on the environment
  • Produces minimal waste
  • Biodegradable


Picking The Right Cleaning Company

It’s smart to ask questions when talking to a cleaning company, such as:

  • How experienced are you?
  • What sort of methods do you use?
  • How long will it be before my carpets are dry?
  • Do you have insurance?
  • How do you structure your carpet cleaning prices and what will the costs be?
  • Will I have to cover any additional fees?
  • Are you running any promotions?

You’ll want your price quote in writing in advance. You may not be able to do this if you request an estimate over the phone. After they arrive at your property, they should provide you with a written estimate.

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