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Chem-Dry vs. Steam Cleaning

Chem-Dry vs. Steam Cleaning

When searching for a quality carpet cleaning company, keep in mind that not all carpet cleaning services are created equal. There are several key factors that separate a high quality carpet cleaning process that delivers a healthier cleaning for your carpets and home from one that drenches your carpets with gallons of water and harsh cleaners. These factors explain why Chem-Dry’s unique hot carbonating extraction system offers a deeper, faster drying, healthier carpet cleaning experience than typical steam cleaning services.

Traditional steam cleaning saturates your carpet with an excessive amount of water filled with soaps and detergents. So you’re left with wet carpets for 1-2 days, which creates a breeding ground for mold, mildew and bacteria. Plus the soapy residue left behind attracts dirt and causes your carpets to get dirty much faster.

Chem-Dry’s process is different. Instead of soaking your carpets with water, our process employs millions of microscopic bubbles to explode dirt from deep in your carpet fibers, so therefore we only need to use a fraction of the water that typical steam cleaning uses, almost 80% less in fact. After the carbonation releases and lifts the dirt, our high powered equipment extracts the dirt and moisture from the carpet.

So while steam cleaners use excessive amounts of water that often soaks through to the carpet backing and creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew, Chem-Dry's low-moisture process doesn't carry the same risk and offers a safer and more conventient carpet cleaning solution. Plus, your carpets dry in just a few hours, not 1-2 days like with typical steam cleaning, and your carpet stays cleaner longer because there is no soapy residue left behind.


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Side-by-Side Comparison: Chem-Dry vs. Steam Cleaning

Chem-Dry Hot Carbonating Extraction

Typical Steam Cleaning

● Carbonating, active cleaning solution ● Flat, inactive cleaning solution
● No soaps or detergents ● Harsh chemicals and detergents
● No sticky residue, resists resoiling ● Sticky residue encourages resoiling
● Low water quantity ● High water quantity
● Low pressure application ● High pressure application
● Short drying time, 1-2 hours ● Long drying time, 1-2 days
● Green solutions, healthier cleaning method ● Excessive water can cause mold, mildew


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*Based on results from a study conducted by an independent laboratory using Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Airborne bacteria results includes use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple homes.