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Chem-Dry vs. Steam Cleaning

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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 (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
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*Based on studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction), P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment), Granite Countertop Renewal, and Tile, Stone & Grout cleaning processes. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Pet odor results based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Pet urine bacteria results based on Chem-Dry’s HCE cleaning process and a sanitizer, combined with P.U.R.T. All bacteria results include use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple tests.

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