Cleaning GuidesSteam Carpet Cleaning vs Carpet Shampooing
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DIY carpet and rug cleaning methods don’t always work as they should. Or maybe it’s just time for a good thorough cleaning to make your carpet look fresh again. In that case, you turn to a professional carpet cleaning company to do the job. But at one point, you are left at the crossroad – is dry carpet cleaning or steam cleaning the right one for your carpets?
In this article, you will read about the main differences between the two carpet cleaning methods, making your choice a bit easier.
So, if you:
Then look no further! This post is for you.
What is the difference between dry carpet cleaning and steam cleaning?
Before we begin explaining the process, it’s very important to mention that steam cleaning, as a term, is widely used by companies when trying to describe the hot water extraction carpet cleaning method.
This method uses a professional steam machine that basically injects a mixture of warm water and a special eco-detergent into the carpet and extracts the water right after, along with the dirt. This treatment is especially good for removing stains and built-up residue.
You should be aware that after the cleaning is complete, your carpets will need a couple of hours to dry out completely, mostly depending on the season and the type of your carpet. That’s why we offer our clients a special machine we can bring that is called AirMover, which speeds up the process of drying by up to 5 hours.
This is the most powerful method; if a stain does not come out after a steam cleaning, it probably never will.
The pros of hot water extraction method:
The cons of hot water extraction method:
This method is mostly used for more delicate materials. Not many people choose to have velvet upholstery or a nubuck carpet, but for those that do, one needs to be aware that those materials require some special treatment to be cleaned properly. There are detergents made just for dry cleaning and for different materials, as well. They are gentle to the surface and won’t damage it, but at the same time, they are strong enough to clean it and kill any bacteria.
Here is how this method is performed: the technician starts by applying the chemicals to the affected area and proceeds to spray some water to help the detergent react on the carpet or the upholstery item. After the chemicals have reacted with the dirt, everything is vacuumed, and unlike steam cleaning, you can use the freshly cleaned carpet immediately.
The pros of dry cleaning:
The cons of dry cleaning:
So, these are the fundamentals of dry and steam carpet cleaning techniques, along with their advantages and disadvantages. The most important thing is to be completely sure of what material your carpet or upholstery is made of. This will be the main factor in determining which one of the techniques will be better for you. If a spill occurs, no matter the material, take care of it immediately.
Often, if the stain is already embedded deep into the fibres, even the strongest method will not be able to take care of it.
|Characteristics||Hot water extraction / Steam carpet cleaning||Dry carpet cleaning|
|Drying time||3 to 7 hours to dry completely.||Little to no drying time.|
|Suitable fabrics||Synthetic fabrics and woollen materials.||Delicate fabrics like jute, sisal and sea-grass.|
|Stain removal||Effective against stains.||Does not work effectively on stains.|
|Water quantity||A relatively higher amount of water is used during the rinsing cycle.||Little to no water is used.|
Read our blog post on the best carpet cleaning methods to learn more about the different cleaning techniques and their positive and negative sides.
If you are still unsure which method suits your type of textile floor covering, worry not!
Take the safe road from the beginning, and turn to a professional carpet technician. He will not only clean your carpets the way they should be cleaned but will also give you thorough instructions on how to take care of them better and avoid unpleasant situations in the future. We at Fantastic Services offer steam carpet cleaning and dry rug cleaning services.
Let a Fantastic professional take care of them!
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