There are two major ways of cleaning your carpet. You can either dry clean your carpet or steam clean it. Both ways can provide excellent results depending on the tools, equipment and the technician. The major difference between the two methods is the amount of water used in the cleaning process.

Dry carpet cleaning

The procedure

Carpet dry cleaning involves removing any dry soil by vacuuming. This step is also important in steam cleaning since removing wet soil is hard. A special dry cleaning solution is then applied to treat the carpet. The solution is powerful and can break down oily residues. Oily residue holds dirt on to the carpet fibres and is one of the reasons why most carpets become dirty. It is easy to remove other stains once the oily residue is broken down.

Cotton pads are then immersed in hot water. The pads are then placed over the carpet under a machine (rotary machine). The rotating pads release the dirt from the carpet with ease. The pads are changed continually for effectiveness.

How it works

The best thing about dry carpet cleaning is that it leaves the carpet dry. It takes less than an hour for the carpet to be completely dry. The effectiveness of this method relies on the solutions used during the process. You will get excellent results if you use the best solutions. Also, the procedure will dictate how clean the carpet will be. Ensure that you do it correctly or hire a professional to do the job.

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning or hot water extraction requires more water than the other method. Pre-cleaning agents are used to treat any stains available. Hot water is then injected into the carpet fibres using high-pressure pumps. The water will penetrate deeper if you treat it effectively. Also, ensure that you use quality pre-cleaning agents for better results. The water dissolves any soil and stains available. The water carrying the stain and impurities is later extracted, leaving the carpet clean.

Steam cleaning is a slow process and requires patience. You will only get excellent results if you hire a professional who is willing to take the required time to extract all the dirty water.

How it works

Steam cleaning is very effective in removing dirt. You should ensure that your technician extracts all the water from the carpet. Also, ensure that he or she uses effective pre-cleaners. Using this method without effective pre-treatment is a waste of time since it will leave oily stains on your carpet. These oily stains can cause the dark spots that you see on most carpets.

The main disadvantage of steam cleaning is that it takes longer for the carpet to dry. It can take up to 24 hours for the carpet to completely dry.


Dry and steam cleaning have different advantages. Some professionals use both methods to deliver a better result. You can choose dry carpet cleaning if you want to use the carpet in a short time. Note that the compounds used in dry cleaning are strong, and may produce fumes that can take a while to go away.