Steam Cleaning vs. Dry Chemical Cleaning

When you are choosing the best method for cleaning your carpets, you have a lot to consider. Should you do it yourself or schedule professional cleaning?

We addressed the differences between renting your own carpet cleaning machine and hiring a professional. Here was that previous blog: Self Carpet Cleaning Vs Professional.

When you do opt for professional carpet cleaning services, you still need to decide on which method you want to employ. Two of the most notable methods are steam cleaning and dry chemical cleaning. Which type of carpet cleaning is right for you? Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of each type.

Dry Chemical Carpet Cleaning

The name “dry chemical carpet cleaning” may sound like no water is used in the process. This is actually not the case.

Dry chem cleaning uses less water than steam cleaning or other carpet cleaning methods. However, some water is still used. The process uses chemical solutions to clean the carpeting. Carbonation may or may not also be used.

The benefits: Dry chemical cleaning is often promoted due to the speed with which carpets will dry after cleaning. Because little water is used, there will not be large amounts of moisture left behind.

This perceived benefit, however, can typically be made even less consequential through the use of powerful truck mounted equipment. This equipment removes the vast majority of the water applied.Speed drying with fans further speeds up the dry time.

Steam Cleaning Your Carpets

baby crawling around on tan and white carpetWhen you are considering steam carpet cleaning vs dry chemical, recognize that Steam cleaning differs from dry chemical carpet cleaning for two reasons. For starters, steam cleaning (also known as hot water extraction) does use much larger amounts of hot water. This is needed to effectively clean the carpeting. Secondly, steam cleaning implements less chemicals in the cleaning process.

Dry chemical relies on chemicals to do the cleaning. Steam cleaning pairs a gentle cleaning solution with extremely hot water. This is used to rid the carpet of dirt, odors, or grime.

The benefits: Steam cleaning is the most effective carpet cleaning method for reaching the deepest parts of your carpeting. Dry chem cleaning only reaches the surface of the carpet, whereas steam cleaning penetrates to the deepest layers of your carpeting. This makes it the best choice if you’re looking to get rid of hard to remove stains, odors, germs, bacteria, and more.

It is also often chosen over dry chemical cleaning because it leaves your family exposed to fewer chemicals. This is particularly important in homes where small children and pets will be spending time on the carpet.

bonnet carpet cleaning equipmentOther Dry Chemical Considerations vs. Steam Carpet Cleaning

Something else to consider when it comes to dry chemical is the way many machines operate. Dry carpet cleaning often involves rotary machines. Either bonnet cleaning or machines like an RX-20. These machines can aggressively spin residential carpet, a mechanical action that is too harsh for your carpet.

Agitating applied carpet cleaning solutions is a good idea to help loosen up dirt and grime. It also help the applied chemical act more efficiently. However, there is better equipment available than these antiquated methods (like what you see in this image).

Modern equipment, like a counter rotating brush machine, doesn’t untwist carpet fibers. We use this equipment in addition to our hot water extraction process for the best results. We don’t rely simply on this equipment as the sole cleaning method.

The Key Is In The Extraction

When you’re considering dry carpet cleaning vs hot water extraction, the only reason dry chem is chosen over steam cleaning is due to poor extraction methods. If you hire a reputable company, this should not be an issue.

It is true that you do not want to leave excess water or moisture in your carpeting after cleaning. This could, theoretically lead to the growth of mold and mildew (though we’ve never actually seen it). It can also leave your carpet prone to attracting dirt build up quickly.

Mold and mildew should never be a concern when you hire a reputable carpet cleaning company. Steam cleaning is the superior cleaning method, so long as the company you hire has a proper extraction process. Weak, underpowered machines can leave you with a smelly carpet after cleaning. It can also leave a remaining unwanted soapy residue.

At MSS Cleaning, we ensure our equipment is maintained and operating well. This helps keep carpets from being left with excessive moisture or residue. Furthermore, your carpets will dry quickly with our high powered extraction process. We also use highly effective carpet cleaning solutions for deep cleaning. You can rest assured that your carpets will be clean and safe for children and pets.

Reach out today to schedule carpet cleaning in Denver or the surrounding locations. Whether you need residential or commercial carpet cleaning, give us a call.