Dry Clean Carpets or Steam Clean Carpets?  DIY or Carpet Man?

Everything you need to know is in this article.  We drill down into what is involved in dry cleaning carpet and steam cleaning carpets by looking at the processes and examining the pros and cons of both.

We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a DIY project versus a professional carpet cleaner so you can make an informed decision on what option best suits you.

Carpet cleaning exposed

Most home dwellers only consider carpet cleaning when they are selling or moving out of a house or apartment.

That’s because many of us think that regular weekly vacuuming of our homes with a good vacuum is sufficient.

What many home owners may not be aware of is that dust and dirt particles are tracked into our homes dozens of times a day.  The foot debris become trapped in the carpet fibres and cannot be removed by normal vacuuming.  At the same time, our carpet can also hold bacteria, dust mite, pet dander and other harmful allergens that make us sick.  The latter can only be effectively remove with high heat treatment.

A thorough deep clean of your carpet can ensure that you keep the carpet super clean and healthy.  It improves the indoor air quality to reduce allergies, skin irritations and respiratory illnesses.  Keeping the carpet clean can also prolong its life.

Carpet Steam Cleaning Vs Carpet Dry Cleaning

Both methods of cleaning your office or shop carpets are effective.  The difference is in the amount of water used.  Both methods will require a pre-vacuum of the carpet.  Pre-vacuuming is an important step as it removes all surface, dirt and grime before the more complex process of extraction and deep cleaning can commence.

Carpet Dry Cleaning

In carpet dry cleaning, after pre-vacuuming, the carpet is treated with a carpet dry cleaning solution – usually an absorbent compound that is sprayed onto the carpet.  The solution contains a small amount of water, an absorbent carrier, detergent and a solvent.  The solution breaks down the oily residue in the carpet which traps dirt in the carpet fibres.  Once the oily residue is removed, trapped soil, dirt and other pollutants can be easily removed.

The next step involves a rotary machine with cotton absorbent pads immersed in hot water to rinse and condition the carpet.  The machine is spun around the carpet at high speed lifting dirt and dust off the carpet fibres and onto the cotton pads.  The pads are changed continuously during the carpet dry cleaning process.

Carpet Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning, or hot water extraction, on the other hand, uses hot water injection to deep clean the carpet.   After pre-vacuuming, a pre-spray is usually applied to the carpet, prior to the carpet steam cleaning process.  Some professional carpet cleaners may agitate it with a micro-fibre pad.  This is followed by an injection of hot steam using a high-powered hot water extraction machine.

Steam cleaning is like a large vacuum cleaner sucking up deeply ingrained dirt and grime from carpet fibres but with water.  Professional carpet steam cleaners may use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the carpet fibres if they are damp.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Carpet Dry Cleaning

Carpet dry cleaning is walkable instantly as very little water is used in the carpet cleaning process.   The cleaning process is usually faster than carpet steam cleaning.  Because the process uses only a small amount of water, there is no added risk of water damage to the carpet.

Carpet Dry Cleaning is effective for surface dirt and grime.  It is less effective with stubborn stains or deep soiling.  It also has difficulties removing mould and other ingrained allergens that can exacerbate skin allergies and respiratory illnesses.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Carpet Steam Cleaning

Carpet steam cleaning is a more thorough deep cleaning process because it uses heat to remove trapped dirt, debris and pollutants.

Steam cleaning is also the most effective technique to remove harmful mould, dust mites and bacteria from carpets and furniture.   The use of hot steam in cleaning is effective in removing stubborn stains as well.

Steam cleaning carpets can be a lengthy process, particularly if there is a large space to clean.   The process uses a considerable amount of hot water (in the form of steam or vapour) and can potentially leave carpets damp.  Time is required to dry out carpets and in most cases, you are not encouraged to walk on it immediately after a steam clean.

The risk of water damage to carpet is quite probable when using the steam cleaning method.  It is important that the carpet cleaning company you use, understands about the importance of drying the carpet thoroughly after it has been steam cleaned.  Most carpet steam cleaners will use fans and dehumidifiers to dry the carpet after they have steam cleaned it.

The Verdict

For domestic properties, our advice is to use carpet steam cleaning for your annual or bi-annual clean.   Carpet steam cleaning is a thorough deep clean to eradicate any nasty debris and harmful allergen living inside the carpet.

Households are full of germs and bacteria.  Household spillage is common.  If we have children, pets or older residents we will want to invest money in keeping them healthy and safe.

Do you have the time?

If you have time to shop around for a good carpet steam cleaning machine and the time to carry out the cleaning yourself than a DIY project may suit you.

While you will spend less money hiring equipment than you will calling a professional carpet cleaner, you will need to familiarise yourself with the machine and the correct technique for steam cleaning the carpet.    Most people assume if they hire a machine, they can easily steam clean their home but there are some things to consider about using the right technique.  Some things that can go wrong include uneven washing, over-washing (leading to damp or wet carpets) and using the wrong amount of pre-spray.

On the other hand, if you are a busy professional or stay-home parent, it may be better to engage the services of a professional carpet cleaner in Sydney.

What needs steam cleaning?

Fabric couches, cushions and curtains will benefit from a deep steam cleaning.  These high touchpoints item attract harmful bacteria and pollutants that can only be effectively removed by heat.

You can easily get your couch steam cleaned with a DIY machine but if you do not have the time, then make sure you ask the Sydney carpet cleaner to include this service in the quote.

Stubborn stains

If you have carpet or furniture that is stained, a steam cleaning will be more effective in restoring it to its original condition.   If stains are old (i.e. you are not sure what it is) or if they are extensive, then it is better to call a professional carpet cleaner in Sydney.

To book a carpet steam clean or carpet dry clean for your business call DryTech Carpet Cleaning Sydney.

DryTech Carpet Cleaning is one of Sydney’s best domestic cleaning and carpet cleaning companies.  For more information about our wide range of services or a free quote call: 0408 578 918 or email: info@drytechcarpetcleaning.com.au