Carpet Dry Cleaning vs Steam Cleaning: All you need to know

Carpet Dry Cleaning vs Steam Cleaning

From birthday parties and yoga to training your new puppy on what not to do indoors, your carpet will see a lot of activity. Both steam cleaning and dry-cleaning work well for removing dirt, pet urine, and stains from your carpet. Which is the best for your home? 

 Simply put, either method produces great results, or the main difference is in the amount of water that is used.  

The quality of cleaning ultimately depends primarily on the technician, chemistry, and equipment. 

What if only one area of ​​your carpet needs cleaning? 

In the carpet cleaning industry, we call them highly frequented areas.  

Certain areas of our home may be more exposed to human trafficking than others, which is why we offer heavy traffic treatment for your home.  

This is for areas such as living rooms and hallways that have a little more pedestrian traffic and therefore more wear and tear. 

The Heavy Traffic Treatment involves the application of a specially formulated heavy traffic cleaning solution that dissolves the oil, grease, and sugar that hold the dirt back on your carpet. Combine that with the dry-cleaning system and your high traffic areas will look better than ever!

Advantages and disadvantages of the cleaning process.

Dry cleaning of carpets 

  1. Dry dirt is removed with a pre-vacuum cleaner with industrial equipment. 
  2. The carpet is treated with a dry-cleaning solution, a combination of aqueous dry-cleaning solvents. 
  3. Dry cleaning solutions break down oily residues on carpet fibers. Oil is the reason dirt adheres to the fibers, so removing oil makes it easier to remove dirt. 
  4. The cotton wool pads are dipped in hot water and placed under a rotary machine with a conditioning rinse. The machine rotates the pads, which loosens dirt from the carpet. During the cleaning process, the pads are changed as required.

Carpet steam cleaning 

  1. Pre-vacuuming must be carried out as dried dirt turns into sludge during the cleaning process. 
  2. Steam cleaning is also known as hot water extraction cleaning. The process consists of injecting hot water into the carpet at high pressure and then sucking the water away. During this step, the dirt is removed from the carpet with the water. 
  3. An effective steam cleaner should pretreat stains and use a spray to remove the surface tension of the carpet. This ensures that the water can penetrate deep into the carpet fibers before extraction.

How does it work?

Carpet Dry Cleaning-Powder Dry Cleaning 

Dry Cleaning uses powdered chemicals to clean your carpet. All dry-cleaning methods use a small amount of water, but much less than steam cleaning. The dry-cleaning method uses an absorbent agent that is sprayed onto the carpet or applied with a machine.  

The compound contains an absorbent carrier, detergent, solvent, and a small amount of water to dissolve and remove stains. In some cases, you may choose to apply a stain protector to minimize the chance of future stains. 

This process means that the carpet is dry and can be walked on in just one hour. Carpet dry cleaning solutions can remove more stains than other cleaning methods. the natural shine of the showroom by restoring the chemical equilibrium. 

During dry cleaning you or a professional: 

  1. Vacuum carpet 
  2. Pre-treat stains sometimes 
  3. Use dry powder, detergent, and solvent as needed.
  4. Vacuum the carpet to remove chemicals and all water 


The advantages of dry cleaning 

  1. Short drying time 
  2. best for cleaning up heavily haunted areas 
  3. can be used to treat stubborn areas 


Dry cleaning disadvantages

  1. It uses chemicals and fragrances 
  2. may build up residue that degrades your carpet fibers 
  3. can not do deep cleaning 
  4. Because dry cleaning uses chemicals, those with allergies or sensitivities may have concerns about possible reactions to solvents and fragrances.

These dry-cleaning chemicals are harmful to your health and the environment. However, there are many allergy-friendly cleaning solutions that are non-toxic or hypoallergenic. Pleasant and free of dyes and fragrances.

Steam cleaning

Steam Cleaning uses the extraction of hot water to remove dirt and spilled liquids from the carpet and to extend the life of the carpet. 

Steam cleaning works well on most types of carpet, including wool. A machine sprays hot water into the carpet under high pressure. The water is then removed and takes all the dirt with it. Sometimes the carpet is pretreated before cleaning.

The technician can achieve a great result by using effective cleaning preprocesses, stirring up the carpet, and taking the time and effort to remove as much water from the carpet as possible. The process can make the carpet very wet, and it can take up to 2-4 hours to dry completely, in some cases, days.

Without proper pretreatment, steam cleaning can be ineffective at removing oily stains (dark carpet stains). Oily residues must be removed, otherwise, the stain may remain or reappear quickly if dirt adheres to the oily residues. 

During steam cleaning, you or a professional: 

  1. Vacuuming the carpet 
  2. Applying a chemical spray 
  3. Injecting high-pressure water into the carpet 
  4. Use a special vacuum cleaner to remove all of the water 

The Advantages of Steam Cleaning 

  1. It removes deep stains, dirt, and grime.
  2. It eliminates dust mites, allergens, mold, pet odors, and more.
  3. It eliminates bacteria.
  4. It leaves no residue.
  5. It often works better than other methods.
  6. It does not use harsh chemicals.


The Drawbacks of Steam Cleaning

  1. It leaves the carpet much more humid than other methods.
  2. It may take up to 2-4 hours to dry.
  3. You may need to keep furniture off the carpet until it is dry.
  4. The cost of cleaning the carpet is higher than dry cleaning.


Dry cleaning versus steam cleaning

Both systems can be effective. However, steam cleaning has a much longer drying time and may not be as effective as dry cleaning with a stain remover.

Dry cleaning carpets use minimal moisture, so your floors are instantly walkable and completely dry in 1 to 2 hours.

Which method should I use? 

It depends. Technically, you can steam and dry clean all types of carpets. Regardless, it’s best to check the labels first to see what manufacturers recommend and to avoid damaging your floors.

How you clean your carpets is primarily a matter of your preference. If your carpet can handle both, you can choose whichever method is most comfortable for you. Another option is to use both when and when you can-for the best of both worlds.

Which method wins? 

Dry cleaning is best when you need to remove stains or when wet carpets are a hassle in your home. It’s an economical option and saves time.  

However, you should choose steam cleaning if you have thick carpets that need deep cleaning. We also recommend steam cleaning if you have allergies or are sensitive to chemical detergents. However, this may not suit you if your entire house is carpeted or if wet floors get in the way of your daily life.  

Both methods have their advantages. Talk to an expert today to find out which method we recommend you can use to keep your carpet spotlessly clean and healthy.

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