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Pros & Cons Of Carpet Steaming & Dry Carpet Cleaning

A clean carpet is not only beneficial for your health, but also increases your comfort around the home or office. This is why you need to make the right choice as to who will clean your carpet, and get the job done perfectly. You can hire a professional to do the cleaning for you or you can take the high road and do it yourself. If you opt to do it for yourself, it may be quite an uphill task as you may lack the proper knowledge, expertise and equipment. It is for this reason that many people resort to hiring a professional to do the cleaning.

Professionals are highly skilled and have several ways to deal with the dirt on your carpet. Perhaps another tough decision that you will have to make is selecting the right cleaning method for your carpet. Would you prefer to have it steamed or undergo a pure dry cleaning? Both of these cleaning methods are popular in Singapore. Also, each method has its own advantages and disadvantages that you must know so that you can get more out of your carpet cleaning endeavors.

Carpet Steaming Vs Dry Carpet Cleaning

Dry carpet cleaning

This is a method that does not require the use of water. It also doesn’t utilize liquid-based detergents or complex cleaning agents that are used in wet carpet cleaning. Instead, cleaning agents in powdery form are used. They could be sprinkled on the carpet and left for a short period (about 30 minutes) then the carpet is vacuumed. It could be done by hand or with special cleaning machines. The powder edges out the dirt so that vacuuming just pulls it off.


Less risk of carpet damage

Carpets, just like all fabric are destroyed by too much water. Since water is not used in cleaning, then there is less probability that your carpet will be spoilt by water. Generally, all washable items wear out or their color fades overtime due to continued washing.

Quick and saves time

Dry carpet cleaning is the fastest way to get your carpet clean. Since water is not used, then the carpet does not have to be dried. You are well aware that a carpet is made from thick fabric that takes quite a considerable time to dry. So, if you need your carpet to be cleaned within a short span of time, then this is the way to go.

Effective and efficient

It is safe to say that dry carpet cleaning removes all the dirt and leaves your carpet clean. If you are thinking of permanent stain removal then this is for you. In addition to saving water, it also uses fewer chemicals as compared to other means such as wet carpet cleaning. In the process, you end up saving on costs.

Healthy approach

Chemicals used to clean carpets are often strong in terms of odor. Often, these chemicals are not completely washed out during the cleaning process. Issues may arise for those people who are allergic or asthmatic. Dry carpet cleaning utilizes fewer chemicals hence there is no health risks associated.


Residue left behind can stain clothes and shoes

In case the vacuuming is not done thoroughly, then stains can be left on the floor or on the edges of the carpet that has not been vacuumed. Such debris can stain clothes and shoes of those people moving around the carpet.

Can be ineffective if poorly done

The person undertaking the cleaning must be well-versed with this cleaning technique. It has to be done such that all dirt, even which resides on the bottom of the carpet can be removed. If carelessly done, then it may become worse as the method only removes the top layer dirt and does not reach the bottom of the carpet.

Carpet steaming

Just as the name suggests, carpet steaming uses hot water that is under high pressure to remove the dirt off your carpet. This hot steam is intensely pumped through the carpet and the force removes the dirt, debris and those tough stains contained therein. A vacuum is then used to suck the loosely-held dirt on the carpet fibers. The trick here is that the hot water under pressure hastens the reaction time. A special grooming brush is later used to scrub the carpet. Finally, a rinsing apparatus is used and the carpet is given some time to dry up before it can be used.


Relatively safe

Hot water that is used here is regulated so that it is at a specific temperature that is harmless to carpet fibers. Everything including the pressure is held at a certain level where it is controlled depending on the type of fiber on your carpet.


Unlike other methods that use surface cleaners to remove dirt, steam cleaning completely removes stains, dirt and debris lodged deep in your carpet. You can be sure that this method leaves no residue on your carpet. The cleaning strategies employed here are optimized to remove all dirt and leave your carpet looking good as new.

• Professional steam cleaning dries much faster

A good idea is to let professionals do the cleaning for you. Professional cleaning companies have powerful equipment that cleans and dries your carpet faster. You will observe them using a machine that is attached to a vehicle. Since this machine is more powerful, it can spray a lot of detergent and at the same time suck up most of the water. You can expect your carpet to dry up much faster from this process.


Requires professionals

Carpet steaming requires experts who are skilled and experienced with this type of cleaning. Further, they must be well equipped with machines that clean and dry quickly. If you choose to do it yourself, chances are that, you will be overwhelmed by the work that needs to be done. You may also over wet your carpet and end up spoiling it.

Evidently, cleaning companies employ both carpet steaming and dry carpet cleaning techniques to clean your carpets. Each method has its fair share of advantages and disadvantages. It is up to you to be enlightened on these techniques so that you can choose the right cleaning technique. However it makes sense for you to use dry carpet cleaning when you suspect that your carpet is a little bit dirty. If your carpet is extremely dirty then you can resort to steaming.

It is also worth noting that you can use dry carpet cleaning techniques during those occasional days when you want to clean your carpet. Steaming is more thorough and needs to be undertaken occasionally, preferably after a very long time.

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