How Is Low-Moisture Carpet Cleaning Better Than Steam Cleaning?

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

Our carpets take a beating, even if we think we’re being careful. Everything from walking through our homes with our shoes on, to tracking mud in from outside, to letting our pets roam free all take their toll on what was once pristine carpet. You might love your family members and your pets, but having clean carpet is a smart goal, too. Deep cleaning eliminates allergens and gets rid of stains and pesky discoloration, leaving your flooring looking like new.

Thinking about getting your carpets professionally cleaned? That’s a good idea for health, durability and aesthetic reasons. However, you might not realize what kind of carpet cleaning options there are, and how the methods differ. If you’re thinking about getting professional carpet cleaning in Sioux Falls, SD, here’s what you need to consider.

What is steam cleaning?

Steam cleaning is also referred to as hot water extraction cleaning, which tells you almost everything you need to know. It’s usually the best way to deep clean really old or damaged carpets. First, the carpet cleaners saturate the carpet with hot water and a cleaning agent. Then they use a vacuum machine to suck up the hot water, the cleaning agent and any loose grime or debris that came up during cleaning. After the steam cleaning, you’ll need to let your carpets dry completely before moving furniture (and humans or pets) back onto the carpet.

What is low-moisture cleaning?

Low-moisture cleaning is the alternative to the inconvenience of steam cleaning. Although some people mistake it for dry cleaning—where a dry compound is worked into the carpet and then vacuumed up—it’s quite different.

Low-moisture cleaning does use water-based cleaners, so it’s not entirely dry cleaning. Instead, the cleaning compounds are mixed with water and sprayed onto the carpet. As the compounds and water soak into the carpet, dirt, stains and other problems are loosened up. Next, a rotary floor brush or a rotating cylindrical brush works the compounds into the carpet so a true deep clean can be achieved.

After the dirt is completely worked through and loosened up with the brushes and cleaning compounds, an industrial vacuum cleaner gets rid of the remaining debris.

If this sounds a lot like steam cleaning, you’re not wrong—the process is very similar. However, with low-moisture cleaning, a lot less water and steam are used in the course of the cleaning process. That means that your carpets will dry in one to two hours, rather than days later. If you need fast, thorough and reliable cleaning, or if your carpets require several professional cleaning visits each year, low-moisture cleaning is a smart way to go.

Are you thinking about getting your carpets cleaned before or after the holiday season? If so, Eco Fresh Carpet Cleaning in Sioux Falls, SD can help. Our family owned and operated company is dedicated to making sure your home or business has the freshest, healthiest carpets possible. Give us a call today to learn more and schedule an appointment.

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