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Chem-Dry vs. Steam Cleaning

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Water left after steam cleaning

Chem-Dry's patented Carbonating Cleaner is applied using a low pressure applicator that applies millions of microscopic carbonated bubbles into your carpet, then with the power of carbonation lifting the dirt and grime to the surface to be extracted and swept away forever. This process leaves your carpet in a drier and cleaner state, more than steam cleaning accomplishes.

Unlike the Chem-Dry process, steam cleaning frequently uses high pressure that forces water down through the carpet backing straight to the pad. This leads to buckets of water that can be left behind trapping soapy, dirt-attracting residue deeply imbedded in your carpet, creating the risk of reappearing spots and a potential breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

Chem-Dry Carbonation VS. Steam Cleaning


Chem-Dry (Hot Carbonation Extraction)
  • Carbonating, active cleaning solution
  • Neutral pH cleaning solution
  • Safe, non-toxic
  • Resists resoiling
  • Low water quantiy
  • Low pressure application
  • Short drying time
Steam Cleaning
Steam Cleaning (Hot Water Extraction)
  • Flat, inactive cleaning solution
  • High pH cleaning solution
  • Chemicals, surfactants, soaps
  • Encourages resoiling
  • High water quantity
  • High pressure application
  • Long drying times