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Carpet Steam Cleaning vs. Dry Carpet Cleaning

zampaleo758 November 9, 2021

The argument between dry carpet cleaning and carpet steam cleaning (also known as steam extraction cleaning) continues to rage among carpet cleaners and consumers alike. Cleaning capabilities, drying time, and water use are only a few of the points raised in this argument. Let’s take a look at these two approaches to see if we can clear up any misunderstandings.

Dry carpet cleaning is a collection of different products and processes for cleaning carpets with the least amount of water possible. They can be divided into two categories, as shown below.


The ‘driest’ technique to clean carpets is with absorbent dry chemicals. These detergents or solvents-containing substances are strewn throughout the carpet. These compounds dissolve the oily coating on carpet fibers after 30 minutes of dwell time (carpet cleaning speak for “let the chemicals do their thing”), allowing them to be vacuumed off along with the compounds themselves. Because no water is required, drying time is not a concern. Commercial establishments with high traffic areas that need to be cleaned and dried rapidly prefer this procedure. They offer satisfactory results, but a more thorough cleaning will be required in the future.

Carpet Cleaning

The other type is carpet cleaning with very low moisture (VLM). In general, this procedure involves combining some form of absorbent material (each business appears to have their own distinct product) with a tiny amount of water. The wetted material is then distributed on the carpet and stirred into it with a machine. The dirt and oils in the carpet adhere to this material (a process known as encapsulation), which then dries by itself. The carpets are then vacuumed and dry in 1-2 hours. Because of the organic nature of their products, some of these businesses promote themselves.

The amount of cleaning residue left on the carpet is the most typical problem with both of these treatments. In principle, it all sounds great, but client feedback is mixed. One commenter compared it to sprinkling cleaning shampoo on your hair and combing it out.

Carpet Steam Cleaning

Carpet Steam cleaning in Manor Lake has been around for a long time and is still the ‘king of the hill’ when it comes to deep, penetrating carpet cleaning. It’s difficult to top the mix of hot water and cleaning ingredients blasted into the carpet under pressure and then vacuumed out.

The method truck mounts mix chemicals with water and distribute it to the wand tip has improved overall efficiency while lowering the amount of chemicals required. In addition to powerful vacuums, wand design and the use of glides help extract the majority of the water out of the carpet. This reduces the problem of excessive soaking and speeds up the drying process.

It’s not easy to decide which carpet cleaning procedure to provide. Customers are more demanding than ever before, and the range of products and equipment available continues to expand. To meet the needs of all of your consumers, you may need to provide both. In any case, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on all of the options so you can make the best selection for your company.

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