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4 Reasons to Switch to Dry Carpet Cleaning

Posted on May 1, 2017, by Stephen Lewis

Deep cleaning plays an essential role in keeping carpet looking great - but not all types of deep cleaning are created equal. Today, we're looking at the benefits to your carpet's appearance and longevity that come from switching from wet carpet cleaning to a dry carpet cleaning method.

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1) Wet Cleaning Worsens Localized Soiling

When we talk about deep cleaning a carpet, some variant of hot water extraction likely springs to mind: hot water and detergent solution are pumped into the carpet, dirt is attracted to the detergent, and a wet vac is used to remove the dirty water.

Unfortunately, carpet fibers are extremely absorbent and will themselves "suck up" water, detergent and dirt. Once the wet vac is used, and the carpet is left to dry, small amounts of residual detergent will be left in the carpet. Even if the carpet appears clean, this leftover detergent will continue to attract dirt, allowing the carpet to re-soil more quickly with each deep clean.

Any carpet cleaning method that relies on detergent and hot water will result in the same problem. Even carpet cleaning methods that use less water, such as spin bonnet cleaning, aren't truly "dry": cleaning products are still applied to the floor before being scrubbed into the carpet. As well as introducing detergent into the carpet fibers, this buffing motion can drive dirt further into the carpet.

2) Dry Cleaning is More Effective

True dry cleaning methods, like the use of dry absorbent compounds, take a radically different approach. Instead of relying on detergents and hot water, dry powder cleaning uses small, porous beads to attract dirt and debris from the carpet. After it is applied, this powder - along with dirt in the carpet - can simply be vacuumed up without the need for any water.

This dry cleaning process eliminates the possibility of worsening localized soiling, and in most instances, also cleans deeper and removes more soil than other cleaning methods. Without using water, dry carpet cleaning can also help prevent mold and mildew growth: even small amounts of residual water - left in the carpet or forced into the carpet's backing or subfloor - will increase susceptibility to mold.

3) It's Faster and Less Disruptive

Wet vacuuming is never 100% effective, and there will always be some amount of water left over in the carpet after cleaning. This residual water means that the room will need to be vacated and allowed to dry - causing significant disruption in the process.

With no water, dry carpet cleaning requires zero drying time: the space can be used immediately after the cleaning process has been completed. Better yet, because dry cleaning relies on vacuuming, it's easy to incorporate periodic deep cleans into your regular maintenance schedule without the need to account for lengthy drying times.

4) Dry Carpet Cleaning is a Better Value

Dry carpet cleaning is more effective than wet carpet cleaning, offering a more thorough clean in a less disruptive way. Over the lifetime of your carpet, dry carpet cleaning is also a much better value, significantly reducing the total cost of ownership of your carpet:

  • It won't worsen soiling over time, allowing for fewer deep cleans.
  • It encourages regular vacuuming - an essential part of carpet maintenance.
  • It cleans better than wet methods, helping your carpet look beautiful for years to come.

To maximize the longevity of your carpet, when it's time for your next deep clean, consider switching from water and detergent to dry carpet cleaning.

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Stephen Lewis

Written by Stephen Lewis