Bonnet cleaning is a low moisture, quick drying method of carpet cleaning. Perfect for high traffic areas that need to be cleaned and re-opened quickly. In most cases, carpets cleaned with bonnets are dry in about one hour (depending on carpet thickness, amount of cleaner used and humidity levels).
Elegant Cleaning Services, based out of Nutley, New Jersey, allowed us to follow along during a residential bonnet cleaning job.
Things You'll Need
- Rotary floor machine
- Bonnet cleaner (chemical concentrate)
- Aluminum foil
- Pressure sprayer
Vacuum the carpet as thoroughly as possible. Bonnets will attract the ground in dirt and stains from a carpet, but dry particulates will remain if not vacuumed beforehand.
Mix the bonnet cleaner concentrate as per the manufacturer's specifications, then pour it into a pressure sprayer.
Spray a small area of carpet with bonnet cleaning solution. Do not over-wet the carpet. Apply enough so the carpet is damp. If the bonnet is dry, spray it too, so it will glide over the carpet better.
Work the machine in circular and side-to-side motions to scrub the floor. Overlap to ensure full coverage.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the entire carpet has been cleaned.
Groom carpet with a carpet rake to remove swirls from the machine.
Tips & Warnings
- Check the bonnet often. When the first side becomes heavily soiled, flip it over. Replace with a clean bonnet when both sides are soiled.
- Never place furniture on wet carpet unless using carpet tabs. If professional carpet tabs are not available, simply cut pieces of aluminum foil to place under furniture until the carpet is dry. This will prevent wood furniture from soaking up moisture, as well as keep furniture dye from penetrating the carpet fibers.
- Photo Credit Photo by Tom Ferraioli.