This is probably the most common question we get when we are speaking with new clients – is steam cleaning bad? First, the term “steam cleaning” is a bit inaccurate when it comes to carpet cleaning. The proper term is hot water extraction (HWE). Our powerful carpet cleaning machine produces extremely hot cleaning solution and steam is often a by product of the hot cleaning solution.

The Facts About Carpet Cleaning

The Good…

All major carpet manufacturers recommend to have your carpet cleaned every 12-18 months to maintain fiber retention, appearance, and warranty. Our carpet cleaning process ensures that your carpet is cleaned thoroughly, prolonging the life of your investment. Let’s face it – carpet is one of the biggest investments you make for your home, so why not protect that investment by having it cleaned regularly and getting the most out of it. The next best thing you can do for your carpet is vacuuming, and in case you missed it, we wrote about carpet maintenance tips, including tips on vacuuming.

The Not So Good…

Not all carpet cleaning is the same. Carpet cleaning can be bad for your carpet, especially if the carpet cleaner does not take the time to clean it properly. What we mean by that is :

  • Does the carpet cleaner use safe products that will not leave residue behind? We use only safe products that are rinsed completely out of the carpet, leaving it soft and fresh. Residues that are left in the carpet will attract soil quicker causing the need to have your carpet cleaned more often. This residue can also damage the dyes in the carpet causing a permanent discoloration. You will never experience that from our company – we guarantee it!
  • Is the carpet damp a long time to dry after it has been cleaned? We do a couple of things to ensure that the carpet dries quickly. First, our powerful carpet cleaning system has amazing extraction ability, and we use it to your advantage. We thoroughly extract the carpet to not only remove more moisture, but it also removes more soil that the eye can’t see. After extracting, we use carpet drying fans whose sole purpose is to get the carpet dry faster. This will prevent any possible damage that moisture could do to the carpet, and allows you to enjoy your clean carpet sooner.

The Ugly…

We have talked about whether or not carpet cleaning is good for your carpet, but what is it good for you? Your carpet is your home’s filter to all of the dust, soils, and allergens that we bring into our home on a daily basis. The great news is – the carpet does filter a good majority of those things. This means that in order to remove those you have to have your carpet cleaned and it has to be done regularly. The carpet cleaning method that we use, hot water extraction (steam cleaning), is the only carpet cleaning method that will take those things out of your carpet and out of your home. That all does sound ugly, but – it is much better than having no carpet at all.

Here at Excel Fabric Care, we take pride in the craftsmanship we put into our work and we appreciate the opportunity to serve you for all of your carpet cleaning needs. Want to see what can do for you? Just check out photos of our work.