The Great Debate | Dry Cleaning Vs Steam Cleaning Carpets

SteamvsDryOver the past twenty years or so there, has been a lot of discussion and debate whether carpets should be steam cleaned or dry-cleaned. Steam cleaning also known as “hot water extraction” is associated with the usage of water, where the steam is used to clean the carpets. Where as dry cleaning doesn’t mean there is no usage of water it simply means water usage is very minimal.

In the early days of steam cleaning or “hot water extraction” cleaners had portable extraction units available. The Rug Doctor for example and other similar units could be rented at grocery stores and other tool rental facilities. These units although good for spotting and small carpet areas were not that great for larger areas. Units would often over-wet and leave too much soap residue on carpet due to their weak extraction ability.

The early 1970’s truck mounted steam cleaning began to be used widely in both residential and commercial applications. A combination of very high alkaline cleaning solutions, too high of pressure and/or volume of water used, and weak extraction systems led to many carpets being damaged instead of cleaned. In some cases carpets took several days to dry, they either shrunk, wrinkled, or delaminated, depending on the style of carpet and backing used.

These problems led to carpet owners to look for alternate methods of cleaning their floor coverings such as dry-cleaning. There are various type of dry cleaning methods available, some using foam, carbonated water, or a cotton bonnet attached to a rotary machine. These dry cleaning methods are less dangerous to the carpets well-being and most will allow the carpet to dry within a few hours.

During the 80’s and 90’s many advancements were made in the cleaning industry. Areas include steam cleaning equipment, cleaning chemicals, and most importantly, training and certification of cleaning technicians.

Therefore, we at Bales Cleaning and Restoration believe strongly in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Our firm and our technicians are certified in at least one of the following areas: Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning, Fire and Smoke Restoration, Water Damage Restoration, Odor Control, and lastly Carpet Repair and Reinstallation.

Here at Bales our goal is to educate the consumer on the best process of cleaning and on the most advanced equipment available on the market. This way our customers have the tools to make an educated decision on choosing the best carpet cleaning service provider and get the best results.

Our commitment to excellence has helped keep us on top of our field and best known for our excellent services in the Greater St. Louis and St. Charles county areas.

With over 10 years of professional experience, supported by many hours of continuing education to ensure our customers always have the most up to date professional services available for all types of cleaning and restoration needs. As a full service cleaning and restoration company, we specialize in Commercial and Residential Carpet Cleaning and Repair, Commercial Janitorial Services and Water Restoration and Structural Drying. We also offer a 24-hour, 7 days a week Water and Smoke Damage response team.

Finally, we have recently added the DriMaster system as a “Best of Both Worlds” option. This system is the best choice when you need to use your carpets soon after they’ve been cleaned but is mainly intended for less soiled carpets, drying in 1-4 hours.