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When it comes to carpet cleaning, many cleaning professionals and building managers think carpets are cleaned with carpet extractors. 

While this is a very effective way to clean carpets, it is not the only method. Another way is to clean carpet is the encapsulation method, says Avmor in a press release.

While some encapsulation methods involve sprinkling a dry powder over the carpet, newer technologies involve a liquid encapsulation cleaning agent, applied to the carpet using a floor machine.

“Both systems can prove very effective, and have their benefits,” says Mike Watt of Avmor, a manufacturer of a wide variety of carpet care products.

According to Watt, here are the Top 10 Benefits of the Encapsulation Method:

1. The encapsulation method can extend the optimum appearance of carpet on a day-to-day basis

2. Carpet typically dries in an hour or less, so facilities can be put back into service faster

3. The equipment used for encapsulation costs considerably less than that used for extraction; in fact, most cleaning professionals already have the required low-speed machines, necessary to clean carpets using the encapsulation method

4. When charging by the square foot, the encapsulation method can be very profitable because more carpet is cleaned in a shorter period

5. When using extractors to clean carpet tiles or glued carpet, there is the risk the carpet will loosen from the floor

6. Carpet extraction uses about 20 gallons of water to clean 1,000 square feet; encapsulation uses about four or less

7. Encapsulation minimizes the possibility of wicking, where soils filter up to the surface of the carpet

8. While there is some training involved learning the encapsulation method, it is minimal compared to using a carpet extractor

9. Soil recovered using an encapsulation system typically is collected by a vacuum cleaner; using the extraction methods, gallons of soiled water are discharged into sewers

10. Encapsulation stretches carpet extraction frequencies