HOT WATER EXTRACTION V DRY CARPET CLEANING

So as with any service (or most) nowadays you are ultimately faced with a decision. Choosing a carpet cleaner can be confusing due to the way the job is marketed by some. This blog is to explain one of the decisions when choosing a carpet cleaner – Hot water extraction (steam cleaning) or Dry carpet cleaning.

A lot of companies – including Liverpool carpet cleaners – try to put a fresh spin on what they are offering. Being different and unique can help you and your service stand out from the crowd, but if you root around and do some research you will soon see most credible companies offer a similar service. Some look for a USP (unique selling point) and twist and turn things to make what they do seem better than anyone else!

Both steam carpet cleaning and dry carpet cleaning will start with a thorough vacuum, but that’s the only common procedure.

WHAT IS DRY CARPET CLEANING

A marketing dream.  Notice on dry carpet cleaning websites the claims for ‘no soaking wet carpets’, ‘no mouldy carpets’, ‘non-toxic’ etc..

HERE’S HOW THE DRY CARPET CLEANING WORKS.

The carpet is sprayed (so not dry at all!) with an encapsulating carpet cleaning solution.  This is scrubbed into the carpet using cotton pads.  The idea here is that the soil is broken down and ‘encapsulated’, some soil is removed onto the pad, the majority is removed via a post-vacuum.

Or, very fine ‘sponges’ that look like sawdust are sprinkled onto the carpet.  These are mechanically brushed through the fibres mechanically using a machine such as a Host or similar.  The idea here is that these sponges are slightly moist.  They are supposed to absorb the soiling in the carpet.  Once this process has taken place, they are vacuumed out of the carpet.

AND HOT WATER EXTRACTION (STEAM CLEANING)

As above, the carpet is sprayed with a cleaning solution.  This is brushed through the carpet mechanically, or with a pile brush.  After a few minutes, the soil in the carpet is broken down.  Next step is to inject hot (or cold) water between 150 and 400 psi and instantly extract it out (using vacuum from the machine)

WHAT’S BEST, DRY CARPET CLEANING OR STEAM CARPET CLEANING?

So I have both systems and believe it all depends on where the carpet is and also what type of carpet you have.

If it’s a domestic home, then hot water extraction (steam cleaning) is by far the most thorough.  This is because this type of carpet clean ‘flushes’ the contaminant out of the carpet.  When done in a professional manner, using the correct equipment, this type of clean will be non-toxic, safe, kind to your carpet (ph neutral) and will be dry with a couple of hours.  Dry carpet cleaning will never remove as much soiling from a carpet.

If it’s a commercial setting, such as an office or call centre with carpet tiles or any other type of low profile carpet then I would choose a low moisture (dry) carpet clean.  This is because we don’t have the fibres to ‘flush’ the soil out of.  The encapsulation works great here on commercial carpet cleaning.