Chem-Dry vs. Steam Cleaning

Our carpets dry in hours, not days.

When searching for a quality carpet cleaning company, keep in mind that not all carpet cleaning services are created equal. There are several key factors that separate a high quality carpet cleaning process that delivers a healthier cleaning for your carpets and home from one that drenches your carpets with gallons of water and harsh cleaners. These factors explain why Chem-Dry’s unique hot carbonating extraction system offers a deeper, faster drying, healthier carpet cleaning experience than typical steam cleaning services.

Many steam-cleaners will use unnecessary amounts of soapy water that can cause issues once they leave. The excessive amounts of water increase the risk of mould and mildew growth, which can pose a threat for your family’s health. Not only this, but the soaps, carpet shampooers, detergents, and chemicals they may use will often leave behind a sticky or crunchy residue. These residues are known for attracting dirt and causing the carpets to be dirtied in no time.

Traditional steam cleaning saturates your carpet with an excessive amount of water filled with soaps and detergents. So you’re left with wet carpets for 1-2 days, which creates a breeding ground for mould, mildew and bacteria. Plus the soapy residue left behind attracts dirt and causes your carpets to get dirty much faster.

Chem-Dry’s process is different. We employ millions of microscopic bubbles to explode dirt from deep in your carpet fibers, which is why we only need to use a fraction of the water that typical steam cleaning uses. After the carbonation releases and lifts the dirt, our high powered equipment extracts the dirt and moisture from the carpet.

The result is a deeper clean that’s also healthier because your carpet dries in a few hours, not 1-2 days. And your carpet stays cleaner longer because there is no soapy residue left behind.

Side-by-Side Comparison: Chem-Dry vs. Steam Cleaning


  • Carbonating, active cleaning solution
  • No soaps or detergents
  • No sticky residue & resists soiling
  • Low volume of water use
  • Low pressure application
  • Short drying time of just a few hours
  • Green solutions & a healthier cleaning method

Typical Steam Cleaning

  • Flat, inactive cleaning solution
  • Harsh chemicals & detergents
  • Sticky residue which encourages resoiling
  • High volume of water use
  • High pressure application
  • Long drying time of 1-2 days
  • Excess time while damp can cause mould & mildew

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