Steam cleaning and dry cleaning are viable options when you want to professionally clean your carpet. Is one better than the other? It’s a topic that has been discussed and debated for many years, with many agreeing that they each provide a viable solution! Which is right for you? Here at E&B Carpet, we offer both as an option for your home or business. Here is how they work:
When you opt for a steam cleaning method, we disperse safe, high quality detergents throughout your carpet. Then, our trained experts use a truck mounted steam rinse to apply a jet of hot water that activates the detergent on the carpet fibers (alkaline for synthetic carpets and acidic for wool or natural fiber carpets). Once the detergent has had enough time to set in, we then vacuum up the remaining water to begin drying your freshly cleaned carpet.
This method of carpet cleaning uses dry chemical compounds that are placed across your carpet. Mechanical agitation from a brush works the cleaner through the carpet, breaking down soil and other particles. This leaves your carpet clean and ready to use almost immediately. Compared to steam cleaning, dry cleaning is not quite as thorough, but is recommended if you don’t have the time to wait for your carpet to finish drying.
Drying times can vary, especially when the weather is humid. However, for residential homes, we typically clean carpets using steam cleaning and hot water extraction if the home owner is able to avoid using that room until the carpet has had time to dry. Otherwise, dry cleaning is a great option for businesses or homes that want “interim cleaning”. That is, a quick cleaning method that will freshen up the carpet and allow people to get back to what they were doing with minimal downtime.