Dry Cleaning or Steam Cleaning: Which One is Best For Your Carpets?

Posted On October 11th, 2017

This guide will show you exactly the difference and which one is the best for you between dry cleaning and steam cleaning by Clean Group. Let’s get started.


Carpets when used in any space add considerably to the ambience and comfort of that space. And many people prefer using carpets for their commercial establishments instead of using hardwood floors. But the catch with carpets is that they get soiled often and are very much susceptible to stains, spots, dust, grime, and harmful allergens and pathogens. You might be vacuuming your carpets every now and then but you also need professional carpet cleaning to keep your carpets looking and feeling fresh and clean.

And when it comes to carpet cleaning there are two most popular methods which are generally employed by commercial cleaning companies in Sydney for cleaning carpets: Dry cleaning and Steam cleaning. Both of these methods have their own pros and cons and involve a specific process.

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning also known as hot water extraction is used by many commercial cleaners to clean the carpets. It is a process where hot water is injected into the carpet and is then extracted under high pressure from the carpet where the dirt and grime are extracted along with the water. But before this extraction, the stains and spots or the whole carpet are treated with an appropriate cleaning agent to disintegrate the buildup material on the carpet’s surface. This will enable the water to penetrate properly and deeply into the carpet.

Steam cleaning can be effective for your carpets given that your carpet cleaning service providers are using a proper cleaning agent and extract the maximum amount of water from the carpet. The only drawback with steam cleaning is that it does leave a lot of water even after the extraction process where it generally takes around 4 to 24 hours for the carpet to dry completely. Also, other different factors that add to the carpet drying are the airflow of the room, its temperature, humidity and the water quantity used while cleaning.

Moreover, an effective pre-treatment is necessary to effectively remove the dark spots as not doing so will not completely remove the stains and they might re-appear as soon as dirt and dust start sticking to it again.

Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning, also known as bonnet cleaning, is a carpet cleaning process where carpets are vacuumed first to get rid of the dry soil and dirt. Then the carpet is treated with a dry cleaning solution which is then cleaned or buffed with pads under a rotary machine. The soil and dirt either gel up on the pads or are either vacuumed up later once the solution dries up. The dry cleaning solution used in the process should be of high-quality so as to effectively remove the stains and clean the carpet.

The advantage of dry carpet cleaning is that the carpets can be used immediately after the cleaning is complete. But it is only worthwhile if the carpet needs little maintenance or if the carpets are needed to be used on an immediate basis.

Hence, when it comes to deciding upon the best cleaning methods for your carpets see that for the immediate use you can go for the dry cleaning method and for a deep clean go for the steam cleaning.

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