The Pros And Cons Of Different Carpet Cleaning Methods

Posted on: 14 February 2023

Has your carpeting seen better days and is in need of a good cleaning? If so, you may feel a bit confused about which method will be best to clean your carpeting. Here is what you need to know about each method so that you can pick the right one. 


The simplest way to clean your carpeting is vacuuming, which is going to be great for removing the loose debris and dirt that is on the surface. It's cheap and easy to do on your own, which means anyone can do it. However, vacuuming can only do so much to remove debris and will not be able to get rid of the dirt that is deeply embedded into your carpet fibers.


Shampooing is a method that scrubs the carpet with a special cleaning solution, and then it is extracted from the carpeting along with all the debris and dirt in the carpet fibers. It's a method that works great at getting those deeper stains and odors out of the carpeting, and it can even help the carpeting look new again. Unfortunately, shampooing requires that the carpet be thoroughly dried when you are finished. If left damp, it can cause mold to grow in the carpeting, which is another problem to deal with. 

Steam Cleaning

The steam cleaning method uses a hot water cleaning solution to extract the debris from the carpet. That's why it is also known as the hot water extraction method. It works by putting a cleaning solution on the carpeting, then using a high-pressure cleaning device to remove the cleaning solution with all that debris and dirt. 

The main benefit of steam cleaning is that it sanitizes a carpet quite well, with the ability to remove allergens, stains, dirt, and odors. The downside is that it requires special equipment to get the job done, which you may not have access to on your own. 

Dry Cleaning 

Dry cleaning a carpet involves placing a dry solvent on the carpet fibers and then removing the solvent with a vacuum. The main reason to use dry cleaning is if you want minimal downtime because dry cleaning does not leave the carpeting damp when it is finished. Just be aware that dry cleaning is not as effective as other methods, and it may not be able to remove those deep stains that are in your carpet fibers.

Reach out to a professional carpet cleaning company in your area for assistance with any of these methods.