Steam Carpet Cleaning Vs Dry Cleaning

The eternal battle that wages on in the  carpet   cleaning  business is not good vs. evil. It’s not science vs. faith. It’s not man vs. nature, or even man vs. food. In the  carpet  business you have the struggle that is wet vs. dry. Two opposing forces, in a constant….well, maybe that’s a bit too melodramatic for this subject. Let’s discuss the differences between wet and dry  cleaning   carpet .

Wet  cleaning  is the most common practice for  cleaning   carpets . Wet  cleaning , as the name suggests, uses water to  clean  your  carpet . The two methods for wet cleaning are shampooing and steam cleaning.

Shampooing is a  carpet   cleaning  technique that uses a machine that generates foam that is then worked into the  carpet . Dirt and soils are stirred up and then trapped in the foam and then left to dry, sometimes overnight. The foam is then extracted with a vacuum cleaner.

Steam  cleaning  is the most recommended method for  cleaning   carpet . This method uses steam from hot water and a detergent to penetrate deep into your  carpet  fibers. This mixes with the dirt and the soil and is then extracted by a very high-powered vacuum. Because steam  cleaning  uses very hot water it can also kill many germs and bacteria living in your  carpet .

The other type of  carpet   cleaning  is known as dry cleaning. Although it’s called “dry” there is a small amount of water involved. With dry  cleaning  a powder is spread over the  carpet . The powder consists of detergent, a dissolving solvent, an absorbent, and a small amount of water, just enough to make it moist. This powder is massaged into the  carpet  by a machine and then vacuumed.

The advantage of steam cleaning is that it gives you a deep, thorough cleaning. The disadvantage of steam and shampooing is that it takes a little longer due to drying times. Depending on the  cleaning  you may have to wait anywhere from 2-24 hours for the  carpet  to dry. Also, if the  carpet  is not dried properly you may get dirt rings from the damp fibers attracting dirt.

Shampooing and dry cleaning are considered surface cleaning. This type is not as thorough as a good steam cleaning. But the advantage of dry cleaning is that it is faster because of the lack of drying time. Also with dry cleaning there is less chance for dirt rings to reappear.

The type of cleaning you receive will depend on the type you need. When you hire a professional to take care of your  carpet  needs they will have the qualifications and knowledge to assess the proper technique for your  cleaning  needs.

Source by John Dannon

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