What's the Difference Between Dry Cleaning & Steam Cleaning? Austin, Texas

Which one is more beneficial to your carpet, its lifetime, and the stains it holds? Although both methods have their own disadvantages and advantages, the preferred method is steam cleaning – and we’re here to tell you why.


All About Chemicals

One of our most frequently asked questions is about whether or not our services are safe for our customers’ pets and children and we’re always happy to answer with “yes!” However, we can’t say the same for dry cleaning your carpet because you need to apply some type of chemical agent to be able to clean it thoroughly.  


Drying Time

Dry cleaning is not entirely dry because it does require some type of “pre-spray.” While most people choose dry cleaning because they’re concerned about the amount of moisture that will be left in their carpet from the steam cleaner, you might want to consider the amount of moisture you’re adding when you use those cleaning agents. When you steam clean, you’re removing almost all of that moisture using the suction versus dry cleaning where suction is not involved.


Type of Carpet Fibers

This could be the deciding factor of whether or not you can dry clean your carpet. If you have a frieze carpet in your home, you’ll definitely want to consider steam cleaning. Not just buying a steam cleaner from a store either, you’ll want to hire a professional who has an industrial grade unit to ensure all of the dirt and grime is out of your carpet. These types of carpet hide stains really easily. However, a general rule of thumb for cleaning your carpet is; the larger the loop, the easier to clean and vice versa – the smaller the loop, the harder to clean.  


Not sure if you should hire a professional or not? Give us a call at The Steam Team! We’d love to chat with you about your carpet cleaning needs and we are always willing to discuss the different options you have.

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The Steam Team Contents Cleaning

The Steam Team's  family member company, TST Restoration, takes pride in offering a state-of-the-art facility, where we gently, yet thoroughly clean area rugs and contents. Our technicians are IICRC Certified Technicians, who treat your rugs and contents with special attention. We will inspect your property, determine the best cleaning method, and provide a estimate before we begin work using our 10-Step Cleaning Process. Call us today at 512-451-8326 to find out about all of our cleaning services and specials!