Steam cleaning your carpets is one of the most effective ways to make them clean again. Using steam will help lift dirt and grime out of your carpet fibers, along with dust mites and other allergens. The machines used to apply the steam also use suction to remove any leftover water and the dirt and allergens it unearthed. Steam cleaning will also brighten the color of your carpets, bringing back its fresh and new look.
The process of steam cleaning is pretty straightforward. A technician will prepare the carpet by moving all furniture and vacuuming first. They will then prep the machine by filling it with water and any cleaning solution being used. They will then pick an area to start in and work through the room systematically. If the carpet is extremely dirty, the tech will replace the water and cleaning solution with clean water. You want the water to get dirty as you clean, but if it’s too dirty too soon, the machine is just putting more dirt on the carpet. Once the tech has completed the entire room, their job is done. All that is left is for the carpet to dry and to place the furniture back in place. The tech will have done specific spot treatment before they start since they walk the room when they prepare.
While there are other ways that companies use to clean carpets, steam cleaning is still the gold standard. It is a tried and true method that works. Other methods may offer other benefits but are not always as effective at loosening dirt and allergens that are lodged in your carpet.
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For answers on more common answers to questions about steam cleaning of carpets, see our FAQs below.
Doesn’t steam cleaning make the carpet too wet? Wet carpet ends up becoming smelly and moldy.
Steam cleaning doesn’t leave carpets wet or overwhelmed with water. This cleaning process uses hot steam vapors to break up dirt and allergens in your carpet. The carpet cleaning machine delivers the steam and also helps suction up leftover water vapors and dislodged dirt. Carpets are damp after cleaning, but they are not excessively wet. Standing water does cause problems, but carpet cleaning doesn’t leave standing water. If you are concerned after your carpet cleaning appointment, open your windows to speed the drying process along.
Why is steam cleaning so great for carpets?
There are other ways to clean carpets but steam cleaning is still superior. Other methods don’t dislodge as much dirt or get as deep into your carpets. Steam can penetrate deep into your carpets. Using steam is the most effective way to remove smells and dirt from your carpet and other surfaces. This process also uses hot water and minimal cleaners and chemicals. It’s relatively close to a natural process.
Why use a professional to clean your carpets? You can buy the machine and do it yourself for cheaper.
This is technically true. Buying a machine, the cleaning agents, and doing it yourself is cheaper than having a professional come and do your entire home. However, it may not be the most effective. While these cleaning machines operate well, they aren’t as good as the commercial equipment that professionals use. You could still be leaving dirt and allergens behind. If you aren’t sure how to work the machine, you could also leave excessive soap and water behind. That is terrible for your carpet and will shorten its lifespan.
You should have a small machine or spot cleaner on hand for emergencies or accidents. Some stains can’t wait until a professional arrives. But other than that, leave the cleaning to professionals.
How often should I steam clean my carpets?
If your home is an average traffic area, having them professionally cleaned two times per year is the suggestion. Even lower-traffic homes should have the carpets cleaned at least once per year. If your home is busier and has more foot traffic passing through, it is possible that you may need a professional cleaning every three months or so. The more people that are in your home, the more dirt and allergens that will be present in your carpet. There is also a great risk for stains with more people living in the home. Follow the same rules if you have pets. No matter how much you vacuum, dander and other things will burrow into the base of your carpet.
How much does it cost to steam clean carpet?
It varies based on how dirty the carpets are and how much carpet is being cleaned. Cleaning one room will cost less than cleaning an entire home that has more than one floor.