Which Carpet Cleaning Method Should You Choose? Steam or Dry?
Dry Carpet Cleaning vs Steam Cleaning
Getting your carpets cleaned is a great way to get your house looking fresh for almost any occasion. Whether you’re looking to host important guests or throw a party, beautiful, clean carpets are a must.
But, what’s the best way to get your carpets cleaned? Is steaming your carpets better than dry cleaning them? In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of each carpet-cleaning method, and talk about who might be best for each method. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll have all the info you need to decide how you want to get your carpets looking shiny and new.
So, without further ado, let’s jump right into it.
Dry Carpet Cleaning
Dry carpet cleaning is less a way to clean your carpet and more a way to pre-treat it for a machine cleaning. It involves spreading cleaning agents on the surface of your carpet to pre-treat the fibers and break down built-in dirt and grime. After this, a machine cleaning picks up the cleaning agents along with all the dirt they’ve broken up.
Dry carpet cleaning is less expensive than steam cleaning for a number of reasons. But the thing to focus on is that dry carpet cleaning is a way to get your carpets looking new for a fraction of the cost of steam cleaning.
In addition, dry carpet cleaning is quick and easy. Rooms with treated carpets are usually out of order for no longer than around 30 minutes- sometimes even less. Dry carpet cleaning gets dirt and stains out just the same as steam cleaning, but it will save you some time and money.
You can even rent machine cleaners yourself so that you can dry clean your carpets without having to pay for the cost of someone else’s time and labor. There are even solutions for those who don’t want to rent machinery. For example, one might buy cleaning agents that can be sucked up with a simple vacuum.
This is probably one of the, if not the lowest-cost method for cleaning out a dirty old carpet. Unless you’ve got some old wive’s-tale type magic trick, you’re not likely to find a cleaning solution that gets any cheaper than this. Vacuum cleaning agents are dirt cheap.
We would recommend dry cleaning for people with smaller carpet areas who don’t think the costs of a professional steam cleaning are justified.
Steam Carpet Cleaning
Steam cleanings go deep into your carpet to remove dirt, grime, mold, pollen, and all sorts of other nasty contaminants. It is great for if you have allergies, or need to remove things that are giving you allergic reactions.
In addition, steam cleaning will be able to remove contaminants from your carpet without creating another problem- residue.
You see, with dry cleaning methods, oftentimes people will find it hard to remove all the cleaning agents left behind in the carpet. In this case, you may end up with some powdery residue dispersed occasionally throughout your carpet.
Steam carept cleaning doesn’t require any cleaning agents and therefore won’t create additional problems in terms of messes. You’ll be able to get your carpets looking shiny and new without worrying about how you’ll get all that cleaning powder out.
You might want to get your carpets steam cleaned if you have children or babies who may be spending a lot of time on the carpets. This is because you avoid exposing them to potentially harmful or irritating chemicals. The agents that stick around may not be good for your baby’s skin, and they may absorb it through their upper skin layers.
And who knows, maybe your baby decides it’d be a good idea to lick the carpet. You really never know with a small child.
The biggest disadvantage to this method of carpet cleaning is that it usually requires some pretty heavy machinery. If you’re looking into getting a good steam cleaning, be prepared to shell out.
Things can get even more costly if you’re looking to find someone to do the cleaning for you. In this case, you not only have to pay for the cost of the cleaning but for the cost of their labor as well.
Whole house professional cleans usually cost customers upwards of $300. If you’re only looking to get one room cleaned, however, you might be able to get off at a fraction of the price. Usually, cleaning companies base their prices on square footage. So, a room with many square feet will be more expensive than a room with very few.
All in All
All in all, those wanting a cheaper alternative should go for dry cleaning. If you’re looking for a deeper clean that won’t leave residue behind, though, you’d be smart to go with a steam clean. Professional steam cleanings can run at a high cost but there are DIY rentals.