The Science of Angel Dry
Our industry-leading technologies consistently deliver cleaner results, without leaving behind germ-causing moisture. Materials are cleaner, and softer, with no residue,
Traditional Hot Water Extraction
Steam cleaning, also known as hot water extraction, temporarily kills a significant amount of bacteria and other microorganisms with high temperatures.
Still, traditional carpet cleaning often leaves behind an abundance of water, which sinks down, along with soil that rinses down before the vacuum step.
The vacuuming step recovers most of the liquid, mostly near surface materials, but does not pull out deep down moisture, that is absorbed in threads, yarns, and padding materials.
This life-giving water is conducive to the growth of bacteria and mold, which spreads throughout materials and into the air.
Commercial-grade antimicrobial chemicals leave behind residues and can’t reach the deep-down materials, where most of the moisture is present, and of course, some amount of soil has been flushed down with water pressure.
The amount of bacteria and other microorganisms that are killed versus the amount that are created as a result of having wet carpet after a steam cleaning service will depend on several factors, including the amount of moisture present, low spots in the floor, sunlight exposure, ventilation, and the type of bacteria or microorganisms present.
What’s Lives In Carpet?
It’s important to mention that any amount of moisture in your soft absorbent materials creates a breeding ground for microorganisms, biological contaminants, and organic pollutants.
If wet, you’re inviting a thriving ecosystem that creates biological contaminants and organic pollutants from their waste.
At the microscopic level, germs create microscopic residues and sticky films that change the organic chemistry of your entire home.
Every biological and chemical reaction, for example, oxidization, to microbial growth, plays a role in determining the following:
1. How long materials stay clean
2. Ease of maintenance
3. State of hygiene
Deep Down Moisture
Picture, walking on a t-shirt in a hallway floor every day for a year. All of the oils, and organic particles latch onto threads.
Carpet, rugs, and upholstery are made of much heavier, thick, absorbent materials that hold a lot more water than a thin t-shirt.
With deep down moisture in carpet, rug, and upholstery materials, away from light and air exposure, microorganisms and certain types of insects will make a new home. It becomes an entirely different habitat, right in your home, and the more water, the more life happens.
It should be noted that your carpet likely harbors substantially more soil and microbials than just about any t-shirt, especially on the first floor of a building.
Residue From Moisture
Any water that is flushed down into materials and becomes trapped, actually turns into a new type of soil – the microbial populations that thrive in such environments and of course any waste matter they leave behind.
From viruses, to fungi, to dust mites, germy residue is going to form. Eventually a substantial amount of that residue, and other pollutants, wick back up to the surface.
Some of the soil that is flushed down also has a chance of wicking back up to the surface. Stains coming back later are actually due to both residue that forms on the carpet, as well as the evaporation process of soil and pollutant particles wicking back up to the surface, traveling on tiny water droplets.