Dry chemical or steam cleaning for professionally cleaned carpets?
Like many things in life, I think it can be summoned quickly as: “It depends”.
Once I had some work done at a summerhouse in Sweden.
The carpenter was putting in new windows… back then they made them on site, not in China. While he was working I asked him: “Is this the correct or right way to make and/or put in new windows?” He replied: “No, there are 101 ways to do it, and this is one way I’m doing it here.”
Same goes for carpet cleaning. I’ve been hands-on since 1990. When I started I was already 48 and I had been in the industry for some 20 years in sales and marketing and had a general idea of how to do the job. Oh my, I was wrong. It wasn’t easy. And cleaning a whole house for $39 with a portable carpet cleaning machine sucks.
So I ventured to learn more. Went to classes, exhibits and joined a trade group. Moved up the ladder and got more equipment. Looking for the best, easiest and most economical way of cleaning.
Dry Chemical or Steam Cleaning – The Big Debate
Ever since I saw the first demonstration of “squirt and suck” by some salesmen from London visiting Stockholm, Sweden I have used what is referred to as Steam Cleaning.
With the right equipment, you can do most jobs fairly well and quickly. The dry chemical way has certainly improved over the years and is mostly adopted in commercial settings. Especially as microfiber bonnet cleaning is growing in popularity. Cleaning is in many instances a trial and error journey and of course, you have to be passionate about it. You also have to have a “Good Eye” for how to do the job efficient and satisfactory to both you and the client!