Steam cleaning is arguably the most common carpet cleaning method used by the likes of Stanley Steemer. For this reason, many customers choose it for their homes and offices, oftentimes without thinking about its pros and cons – or what it is and what it isn’t. This can result in unrealistic expectations and, thus, in disappointment in the final result.
Here are a few things that you should then keep in mind about steam cleaning so that you can set realistic expectations.
It Isn’t Chemical-free
Many people still think that the steam cleaning process doesn’t involve the use of chemicals, but this is far from the truth. Of course, steam cleaning machines used in residential and commercial applications use hot water to produce the steam. But the steam itself will not remove the accumulated dirt, dust and detritus embedded in the carpet!
Instead, the steam cleaning machine sprays an especially-formulated detergent into the carpet while the hot water activates it. The type of detergent used depends on the type of carpet, too – acidic detergent for natural fiber carpets (e.g., wool) and alkaline for synthetic fiber carpets.
There’s no need to worry about the adverse health effects of the detergents used either. Most reliable companies use non-toxic, hypoallergenic detergents so negative side effects can be minimized, if not avoided.
It Is Effective, Too
Steam cleaning may be the traditional method of cleaning carpets, rugs, and fabric upholstery but it can be effective as the more modern methods. The trick lies in the type of steam cleaning machine, detergents, and tools used as well as in the handling of these materials.
While you can rent steam cleaning machines and clean your carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture on your own, you will likely find that it has its disadvantages. For one thing, the steam produced may not be as powerful as the one created by commercial machines. For another thing, it will take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours for the carpets and rugs to dry, not to mention that there may be shrinkage during the drying time.
The solution: Go for professional steam cleaning services offered by Stanley Steemer! You will not only get faster drying times but also, more importantly, your carpets, rugs, and upholstery will be look cleaner and smell fresher.
The price paid for professional cleaning services may seem higher than with DIY steam cleaning jobs. But if you want better results, then you should be prepared to pay for them.