What makes Chem-Dry carpet cleaning more effective than traditional steam cleaners?

The Chem-Dry Difference

If you’ve ever smelled or stepped on musty, wet carpets, then the answer is obvious. You need Chem-Dry of Wake County and our unique carpet cleaning system. We use a patented carbonating cleaner that is applied using a low pressure spray machine, covering your carpet with millions of microscopic carbonated bubbles (instead of an excessive amount water). These tiny bubbles release dirt and grime from the fibers of your carpet and raise them to the surface where they’re easily extracted and cleaned away. With our carbonated cleaning method, we’re able to use far less water than most steam cleaners. That’s why carpets cleaned by Chem-Dry are dry in 1-2 hours, compared to 1-2 days.

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Steam cleaners take a different approach to cleaning carpets. They work by releasing buckets full of hot, soapy water in to your carpet. In a perfect world, all that water and soap would get sucked back up by the machine. However, steam cleaners leave behind an excess of water and sticky residue (that end up only attracting more dirt). With all that extra water, you’ll be waiting a couple of days for the carpets to dry, while in the meantime harmful mold and bacteria have a perfect climate to grow.

While steam cleaning will make your carpets look clean for a short time, the sticky soap residue that gets left behind will also cause them to get dirty quicker.

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steam cleaning vs chem dry carpet cleaning

Chem-Dry: Hot Carbonation

  • Carbonating, active cleaning solution
  • Neutral pH cleaning solution
  • Resists re-soiling – stains don’t reappear
  • Minimal water used
  • Low pressure application
  • Short drying time of 1-2 hours
  • Green solutions and cleaning method
steam cleaning vs chem dry carpet cleaning

Steam Cleaning: Hot Water Extraction

  • Flat, inactive cleaning solution
  • High pH cleaning solution
  • Encourages re-soiling – reappearing stains
  • High water quantity
  • High pressure application
  • Long drying times of 1-2 days
  • Harsh chemicals, excessive water left behind

Chem-Dry of Wake County did a great job cleaning our carpet and upholstery. They arrived on time; they met or exceeded our expectations. I will recommend them to friends and family.

Bonnie M.

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Carpet, Upholstery, Rug, & Tile Cleaning in Raleigh, NC

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*Based on independent lab testing associated with EPA registration #s 87742-1-92595, 84683-3-74771 and 70385-6. Hard non-porous surfaces including sealed stone and VCT surfaces were evaluated. Bacteria and viruses tested include salmonella, influenza and E. coli. Our sanitizers associated with EPA registration #s 87742-1-92595, 84683-3-74771 and 70385-6 have been approved by the EPA for use against the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.