The Difference Between Carpet Dry Cleaning And Steam Cleaning

December 3, 2020

The Difference Between Carpet Dry Cleaning And Steam Cleaning

A clean and nice-looking carpet can make any area look welcoming and comfortable. Whether it’s an office lobby, hallway, waiting room, or a more personal space, a beautiful rug is a great way to add a sense of serenity and comfort. Moreover, besides adding an aesthetic appeal to your commercial area, clean carpets are a great way to uplift your employees’ mood and provide them a clean environment to work in.

However, carpets in high-traffic areas attract dirt and grime, especially in winter when leaking roofs and muddy feet ruin them beyond repair. Moreover, when particulate matter gets trapped in the carpet’s fibers, conventional cleaning methods no longer work on them. For example, you can vacuum your dirty carpet, but it only cleans a small percentage of dirt and dust present on it. Some of the contaminants that are hard to clean with just vacuuming include;

  • Oil particles
  • Dust mites
  • Bacteria and microbes
  • Allergens
  • Food particles
  • Dead skin cells and hair

To really clean your carpet and get rid of all these contaminants as efficiently as possible, you need to have proper knowledge, equipment, and chemicals. The professionals at Kenberts Cleaning Services prefer two cleaning carpets that include steam cleaning (hot water extraction) and dry cleaning. While both methods produce good results for effective cleaning, you must know the difference between them. Below we discuss significant differences between the two processes.

Steam Carpet Cleaning

Steam cleaning, as the name suggests, involves the use of hot water. However, the name is a bit misleading because it includes a lot more than just spraying hot water on the carpet and walking away. Steam cleaning is quite an extensive process and requires specialized equipment and training to achieve good results. The three main steps of steam cleaning are;

  • Vacuuming
  • Spot cleaning
  • Steam cleaning

Vacuuming And Spot Cleaning

The process of steam cleaning begins with vacuuming the carpet. Pre-vacuuming is essential to remove any dust and dirt particles present on the surface to create more room for effective carpet cleaning. Furthermore, a thorough pre-clean helps eliminate any particles that may hinder steam cleaning, thereby leading to a better and a deeper clean.

Once the carpet is vacuumed, you can use special cleaning agents to treat stains, marks, and spots on your carpet.

Steam Cleaning

Once the carpet is thoroughly vacuumed, you can now begin steam cleaning. This step includes a detergent pre-spray followed by its activation using a microfiber pad or brush, depending on the carpet type. The pre-spray is essential to break down dirt and release its hold on the carpet. The detergent also works on oil particles that become ingrained in the carpets fibers.

Pre-spray is then followed by hot water extraction, which is done by a hot water extraction machine. The machine works by forcing hot water onto the carpet using a high-pressure jet spray and then sucks the moisture out along with the pre-spray, dirt, and grime.

Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning, on the other hand, uses significantly less moisture. The dry chemicals are sprinkled on the carpet, and a small quantity of moisture is added to activate the chemicals. Water is also used when vacuuming the carpet to remove all the chemical residues.

Dry cleaning is more time-effective than steaming because the cleaning time and the drying time is considerably less. Moreover, in steaming, water is often trapped in the carpet’s fibers, which causes the carpet to lose its integrity.

However, there are some cons of dry cleaning, as well. For example, the carpet’s not cleaned thoroughly and adequately. The chemicals do not penetrate the deeper layers of the carpet. Similarly, sometimes chemical residue is left on the mat, which can be hazardous, especially if some people in your office are allergic to the chemicals.

Overall, which method out of the two that will best suit your carpet depends on your needs; if your carpet has months of stubborn dirt accumulation, steam cleaning might be the best option. For more information on carpet cleaning, visit our website or contact us today for personalized care.