The Basics of Steam Cleaning Carpet

Carpets attract dirt and grime, and despite your best efforts, your floors could probably use a professional cleaning.

In the course of looking for a carpet cleaning company, you may have come across outfits that use various cleaning methods. Both dry cleaning and “steam cleaning” are popular methods, but which one is best?

What is Carpet Steam Cleaning?

It’s important that we get one thing out of the way first.

A common misconception is that the steam is actually what cleans the carpet. This is not the case. Home and commercial carpet cleaning machines use hot water, which gives off steam, but is not the steam that does the cleaning.

This method is more appropriately called “hot water extraction” cleaning.

Modern carpet cleaning machines spray detergent into the fibers of the carpet. This is truly the only way to properly break down the dirt and get your carpet clean.

The products used by Fuzzy Wuzzy are safe for the environment, your family and your pets. Hot water is then injected into the carpet — alkaline for synthetic carpet and acidic for wool or natural fibers. The design of the machine then quickly sucks up the bulk of the soiled water from the carpet.

Most industry experts say that hot water extraction or steam cleaning is the best way to deep clean your carpets. The combination of hot water, safe cleaning products and the force of the spray will get almost any stain out of your carpets.

Not only does steam cleaning produce pristine results, it can remove allergens and pests that are embedded in the carpet.

Those against steam cleaning will mention that because water is injected into the carpet, it could cause mold and mildew to grow. But if the water is extracted properly during the cleaning process, the water won’t completely soak the carpets and this problem is avoided.

Dry Cleaning Carpets

Once upon a time, dry cleaning carpets and rugs was the most popular method available. In fact, Fuzzy Wuzzy flourished in the mid 20th century on the back of its dry cleaning techniques.

But as time has gone on, steam cleaning or hot water extraction has replaced dry cleaning as the preferred method.

To dry clean carpet, you or a professional company will put dry, powdered cleaning chemicals on the carpet. Those chemicals seep into the carpet and break apart the debris and stains. Then a mild spray of water is applied to break the fibers down even more. Finally, everything is simply vacuumed up.

Now obviously this isn’t truly “dry” cleaning, as some water is used. Dry cleaning allows you to walk on the carpet as soon as you vacuum. But the chemicals needed to break down the dirt and grime are abrasive, and those with allergies or asthma may have difficulty with the products.

Fuzzy Wuzzy only uses hot water extraction cleaning methods.

Additional Information on Carpet Cleaning

Every home, apartment, business or office needs a regular and effective carpet cleaning. You can take all the proper steps to keep an area clean, but over time, carpets become soiled, damaged and stained. That’s just life.

Here are some things you can do to ensure your carpets don’t need to be professionally cleaned more than necessary:

  • Clean up stains as soon as possible. Letting things sink into the carpet makes them permanent and more difficult to clean.
  • Vacuum at least once a week, possibly twice a week. High traffic areas should be vacuumed more frequently.
  • Place mats near doorways to keep muddy or very dirty shoes.

If you have any questions about the above information or would like to inquire about Fuzzy Wuzzy’s services, including steam cleaning, get in touch with us today. We’re happy to talk to you about the right cleaning options for you.

Reach us online or call us at 206-525-0058.

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