Chem-Dry vs. Steam Cleaning

The Carbonating Carpet Cleaner®

Carpets cleaned using hot water extraction, known as steam cleaning are often left over wet. The water may be pushed even further down thorough backing of the carpet to wet under padding and sub floor or hardwood floor if carpet has been installed on top of it. Chem-Dry cleaning process does not over wet your carpet posing no threat of damaging hardwood floors underneath

  Steam Cleaning Leaves Water Behind
Water Left After Steam Cleaning

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Chem-Dry's patented carbonating cleaning process uses a low-pressure system that applies millions of microscopic carbonating, cleaning bubbles into your carpet.  With the power of carbonation, the dirt and grime are lifted to the surface to be extracted and swept away forever. This process leaves your carpet in a drier and cleaner condition, more than steam cleaning can accomplish.

  Opposed to the Chem-Dry process, steam cleaning often uses high pressure that pushes water down through the carpet backing straight to the pad. This leads to gallons of water that can be left behind trapping soapy, sticky, dirt-attracting residue deeply in your carpet, creating the risk of reappearing spots and a potential breeding ground for mould and bacteria.  

Chem-Dry Carbonation VS. Steam Cleaning

The Chem-Dry Way
Chem-Dry (Hot Carbonation)

Steam Cleaning
Steam Cleaning (Hot Water Extraction)

  • Carbonating, active cleaning solution
  • Neutral pH cleaning solution
  • Safe, non-toxic
  • Resists re-soiling
  • Low water quantity
  • Low pressure application
  • Short drying time 
  • Flat, inactive cleaning solution
  • High pH cleaning solution
  • Chemicals, surfactants, soaps
  • Encourages re-soiling
  • High water quantity
  • High pressure application
  • Long drying times

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