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FAQ - Dry Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning

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What is Encapsulated Carpet Cleaning?

Encapsulation is a cleaning process that is not a soap but rather a non-toxic liquid cleaner that dries into a crystal. The liquid is worked into the carpet to loosen the dirt from the fibers of the carpet and then mixes with the dirt just like it would with extraction cleaning. As the liquid quickly dries it captures the dirt in a crystal and then is extracted out or vacuumed away.  Encapsulation uses far less water, about 10% of wet extraction cleaning.  

PCH Dry Carpet Cleaning uses a very strong, non-toxic food grade solution that effectively removes stains and dirt that is safe for children, pets and plants but please keep them off the carpet until dry.

No loud machines- My machine is very quiet 

No heavy equipment or large hoses dragged throughout your home or business. 

What is Dry Carpet cleaning?

A similar process that uses a non-toxic powder that when used with an activator produces a receiving polymer crystal that when worked into the carpet loosens the dirt and captures it within the polymer crystal. Once the dirt is in the crystal it cannot be released. It is quite impressive to witness this product in action. A very, very effective method but rather expensive.

PCH Dry Carpet Cleaning uses this process in the high traffic areas and for stain treatment.  

What is Dry Encapsulation Carpet cleaning?

A combination of both processes. Very labor intensive and provides results second to none.

PCH Dry Carpet Cleaning uses a 3-step extraction process and will spend 20-30 minutes per room to get you the best results possible, but at a price less than my Franchise competition. Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed.

How Expensive is Dry Encapsulation cleaning?

Franchise Companies that offer Encapsulation cleaning average between $45-$65 per room with stain treatment. (HomeWyse.com) Compare that to a Franchise Company that uses water based extraction cleaning at $30-$45 per room after using their coupon.

PCH Dry Carpet Cleaning ranges from A small job of under 200 sq ft $89.99 (plus tax) and up to $30 per add'l room, 20 ft hallway or 10 stairs) and I use both Dry and Encapsulation processes for maximum results. My rate competes with any Franchise professional Dry carpet service, including Amazon!

Is Encapsulation toxic or harmful to pets and children?

PCH Dry Carpet Cleaning uses only non-toxic cleaning products and stain removers, safe for children, pets and plants with a max Health and Respiratory rating of “1-Slight”; (see rating system below) the same health rating as common household cleaners like 409 Multi-Surface cleaner™ and Lysol Disinfectant Spray™. If you use common household cleaners, you can use me. Vapors may irritate extremely sensitive individuals as with any vaporized household cleaner, use proper ventilation. I work with this product every day and I do not use a mask or gloves or have any issues.That said, persons with extra sensitive lungs may want to use more ventilation or stay in another room until process is completed. 

Standard Health Risk ratings are below and MSDS sheets can be found on the website. 

This is the Health rating system

  • 0=Least
  • 1=Slight
  • 2=Moderate
  • 3=High
  • 4=Extreme

I only use 0-1 Health and Respiratory rated products. Be sure to ask whomever you choose to do your carpet cleaning to provide the same information.  

What about allergies?

PCH Carpet Encapsulation cleaning is hypo-allergenic. You may experience dust in your home until you vacuum up the residue left from the crystals.  

Does the process remove odors?

Yes, pet odors, food odors are all treated and removed. Some pet odors will penetrate the padding of the carpet and may take multiple treatments but they can be removed. 

PCH Dry Carpet Cleaning includes stain and odor treatment with each service.

Be sure to check: Some Carpet Cleaning services that give low initial bids will charge you extra for stain and odor removal. 

Is the process noisy?

No, This process is quiet enough to hear the phone ring and talk without raising your voice. I have cleaned carpets for offices during their work day and cleaned carpets while the kids were napping in a day care. I even cleaned carpets while a group had their weekly Bridge game and they all could hear themselves over the machine I use, and every customer seems to comment on how quiet my machine is. 

Is Encapsulation considered GREEN?

Yes and no, GREEN is any product listed as environmentally safe to use. Most people have incorrectly redefined GREEN as all-natural products and that can lead to disappointment either in results or finding out chemicals are used in the product. As an example, Simple Green™ is a GREEN environmentally safe product.

Yes, the products I use are non-toxic, safe for children and pets, but keep them off the carpets until they are dry. No, they are not all natural. They include chemicals that evaporate to create the crystals that capture the dirt.

Is Encapsulation cleaning better for my carpets?


  • Encapsulation does not leave soapy or chemical residue that attracts dirt.
  • Encapsulation does not penetrate through the pad with liquid that can result in mold and mildew,
  • The powder may penetrate the pad but creates a hypo-allergenic barrier against mold and mildew.
  •   NOTE for Area Rugs: the powder may be seen under area rugs for some time. Area rugs can be taken outside and beaten to remove excess powder
  • Encapsulation cleaned carpets stay clean longer and get easier to maintain with each cleaning
  •     So easy, you can even maintain your carpet yourself. (That is how I got my start)

How long does Encapsulation take to dry?

Encapsulation system will be dry to the touch in 1-4 hours, stain treated areas will take a little longer.

I recommend vacuuming 24 hours after carpets are cleaned. 

How long will my carpet cleaning take?

Check around, you will rarely find a company that will use both Dry powder and encapsulation due to the cost. Most Companies will only spend 5-10 minutes of actual cleaning per room, or about 1 hour in and out your door for a 4-room cleaning.   

PCH Dry Carpet Cleaning takes as much time as necessary to do the best job possible. I usually spend 25-30 minutes per room on my exclusive 3-step process.

Do I have to wait all day for you to arrive?

No, I provide 1-2 hour appointment windows, your life is as busy as mine. If we need to make a specific on-time 30 minute appointment window, I can accommodate for a slight charge. Compare that as well.

Why choose PCH Carpet Cleaning?

Because I am a single operator, not subject to budgets and time limits. I will do the best possible job and spend all the time that is needed to make sure the job is done correctly. I use only non-toxic, environmentally safe cleaners, the best enzyme stain removers and provide a 30-day Satisfaction guaranty. Referrals upon request. 

The best part, I do it for less than a Franchise Company that provides Dry or Encapsulation Cleaning, check for yourself!

Call me at (858) 761-4183 if you have more questions or want the phone number to any of my Competition to compare pricing.

Thank you

Kevin- Proprietor

PCH Dry Carpet Cleaning

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