You may not realize it, but when it's time to have your carpets professionally cleaned, by companies like Babayan's Carpet Cleaning, that you have several options. You can have dry cleaning done, a method that uses foam or granules to absorb the dirt, and then the foam or the granules are vacuumed up with a wet/dry vacuum. Or, you can have the carpet steam cleaned. The type of steam cleaning that you're probably most familiar with is extraction steam cleaning which is when hot water is sprayed into the carpet and then extracted with a vacuum, creating steam. The other steam cleaning method, dry vapor steam cleaning, is less well known, but it may be your best option. Here are a few reasons why dry vapor cleaning is the best and healthiest choice for your home.
Less Chance of Mold
The difference between dry vapor steam cleaning and extraction steam cleaning is that the dry vapor method uses very little moisture. Too much moisture in the carpet can lead to mold growth. In fact, if the water that is prayed into the carpet during an extraction steam cleaning isn't properly extracted, the cleaning can actually lead to mold growth.
In dry vapor steam cleaning, tap water or distilled water is poured into the machine and then heated to a very high temperature, past the boiling point of water. The resulting steam is then injected into the carpets, where it loosens up the dirt and other materials in the carpet, which can then be sucked out by the vacuum cleaner.
Not only does this method lessen the chance of mold growth due to too much moisture, it can also kill many types of mold spores that may already be in your carpet due to liquid spills. Neither of the dry cleaning methods are capable of doing that.
Green Cleaning Method
You'll notice that the dry vapor steam cleaning carpet cleaning method doesn't require any chemicals. Most other professional carpet cleaning methods require some type of chemical or soap for a thorough cleaning treatment. With dry vapor cleaning, water is the only ingredient that you need.
With no chemical component, dry vapor steam cleaning is a healthy alternative for allergy sufferers, children and pets that might be affected by a carpet full of residual chemicals, and anyone else that's concerned about using strong cleaning chemicals inside the house. If you have breathing problems or are particularly sensitive to chemicals, or if someone else in your home is, this is the cleaning method for you.
Kills Bugs and Mites
You may be understandably concerned about the recent international rise in cases of bedbug infestation, especially if you're aware that some bedbugs may be caring serious infectious illnesses like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), two antibiotic resistant superbugs. Bedbugs are notoriously hard to kill, but one of the things that does the trick is hot steam. Dry steam vapor machines are perfect for this purpose, and they can be used on beds and furniture as easily as they can be used on carpet.
While a dust mite infestation is not normally as noticeable as a bedbug infestation, the microscopic mites can be just as hazardous to an allergy or asthma sufferer. Dust mite allergens, proteins found in the excrement of the bugs, can cause allergies to flare or trigger potentially dangerous asthma attacks. Researchers have identified dry steam cleaning, in combination with vacuuming, as one of the most effective ways to get rid of the dust mites.
If you have deep, dark stains that need to be removed from your carpet, you may want to try one of the other carpet cleaning methods first, as intensive stain removal isn't the strong point of dry vapor cleaning. But if you're looking for a carpet cleaning method that will help keep your home healthier, dry vapor steam cleaning is the best choice for your carpet.