When you are choosing the best method for cleaning your carpets, you have a lot to consider. Should you do it yourself or schedule professional cleaning? We addressed the differences between renting your own carpet cleaning machine and hiring a professional in a previous blog: Self Carpet Cleaning Vs Professional. When you do opt for professional carpet cleaning services, you still need to decide on which method you want to employ. Two of the most notable methods are steam cleaning and chem dry cleaning. Which type of carpet cleaning is right for you? Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of each type.

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Chem Dry Carpet Cleaning

While the name “chem dry carpet cleaning” may sound like no water is used in the process, this is actually not the case. Chem dry cleaning uses far less water than steam cleaning or other carpet cleaning methods, but some water is still used. The process implements the use of chemical solutions to clean the carpeting.

The benefits: Chem dry cleaning is often promoted due to the speed with which carpets will dry after cleaning. Because so little water is used, there will not be large amounts of moisture left behind.

Steam Cleaning Your Carpets

Steam cleaning differs from chem dry carpet cleaning for two reasons. For starters, steam cleaning does use much larger amounts of hot water to clean the carpeting. Secondly, steam cleaning implements less chemicals in the cleaning process. While chem dry relies on chemicals to do the cleaning, steam cleaning pairs a gentle cleaning solution with extremely hot water to rid the carpet of any dirt, odors, or grime.

The benefits: Steam cleaning is the most effective carpet cleaning method for reaching the deepest parts of your carpeting. Chem dry cleaning only reaches the surface of the carpet, whereas steam cleaning penetrates to the deepest layers of your carpeting. This makes it the best choice for those who are looking to get rid of hard to remove stains, odors, germs, bacteria, molds, and mildews. It is also often chosen over chem dry cleaning because it leaves your family exposed to fewer chemicals. This is particularly important in homes where small children and pets will be spending time on the carpet.

The Key Is In The Extraction

The only reason chem dry is chosen over steam cleaning is due to poor extraction methods. It is true that you do not want to leave water or moisture in your carpeting after cleaning. This can lead to the growth of mold and mildews, as well as leaving your carpet prone to attracting dirt build up quickly. Steam cleaning is the superior cleaning method, so long as the company you hire has a proper extraction process. At MSS Cleaning, we ensure our equipment is well maintained and operating perfectly so that your carpets are not left with unwanted moisture or residue. With our high powered extraction process, you can rest assured that your carpets will be clean and entirely safe for children and pets. Reach out today to schedule carpet cleaning in Evergreen, Arvada, Lakewood, or surrounding locations.