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Should you use carbonation or steam to clean your carpets?

Have you ever looked at your carpets and exclaimed that they are dirty? Or maybe you spilled during a party and it needs to be cleaned ASAP? Whatever your carpet situation is, you have a choice, steam or carbonation cleaning? But what's the difference? And why should you care?

We will go over the differences between steam cleaning versus carbonation cleaning, and why what you use to clean your carpet matters.

Steam Cleaning

You have probably heard of steam cleaning. Maybe you have had it done, or your neighbors or friends have used this method on their carpets. This method was developed during the 1940's and uses heavy amounts of water to penetrate the carpet surface and bring up all the dirt and grime. You might think this is the best idea for cleaning carpets. A lot of water and chemicals should clean the carpets right?

Technology has advanced since the 1940’s. New information about chemicals and their side effects have come out. Using lots of water and harmful chemicals is outdated. Here are some of the reasons:

  1. Steam cleaning uses TOO much water. So much is used in fact, that it soaks deep into the carpet and can create a nice breeding ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria.
  2. The chemicals and soaps used in steam cleaning can be harsh to your carpet, and dangerous for children and pets.
  3. Steam cleaners leave behind a residue that makes your carpet more prone to get dirty. This means you will need to clean your carpets again in a short amount of time! Costing you both time and money. 

So if you aren’t going to steam clean your carpets, let's talk about Carbonation Cleaning. 

Using carbonation to clean your carpets involves bubbly properties of carbonation to penetrate deep into your carpet. This helps break up dirt and grime and lift it to the surface. You can compare it to the way club soda removes stains from a shirt. Chem-Dry then uses  state-of-the-art equipment to heat and extract the dirt and water from your carpet. This leaves behind a truly deep-down clean. Here are some of the advantages:

  1. Carbonation cleaning uses natural products that are safe for your family and pets and good for your carpet!
  2. Our process uses 80% less water which allows for a deep clean without all the moisture helping to avoid the risk of mildew and bacteria.
  3. Chem-Dry's carbonation cleaning removes an average of 98% of common household allergens from carpet and upholstery, allowing you to breathe easier, literally!

Chem-Dry’s mission is to help people live healthier lives, and we want to help you! Give Chem-Dry a call now and get an appointment today!




*Based on results of studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. All bacteria results include use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple homes. Hard surface bacteria tests were based on independent lab testing associated with U.S. EPA registration #s 84683-3-74771 and 70385-6; sealed stone and VCT surfaces were evaluated and bacteria tested include salmonella, influenza and E. coli.



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