Saturday, July 16, 2011

Steam Cleaning Vs Dry Cleaning

This blog post will be about steam cleaning vs dry cleaning for carpets, rugs and the like.

Specifically, we will be comparing steam cleaning to the HOST dry cleaning system.

Ease Of Use

  • The HOST Dry-Clean Machine simply plugs in and is ready for use.
  • Apply HOST SPONGES, brush in, let dry and vacuum up.

Steam Cleaning
  • Large machine with multiple attachments.
  • Requires filling and emptying tanks.
  • Chemical mixing required.
  • Improper use could result in streaking and over-wetting of carpets.


  • Deep cleans and lifts matted pile in one easy step.
  • Spots won't wick back.
  • No sticky residue to cause resoiling.
  • Immediate visual results confirm carpet cleanliness.
  • If needed, multiple passes over heavily-soiled carpet can be made
Steam Cleaning
  • Detergent residue and moisture may cause carpets to resoil quickly.
  • Spots may wick back when carpet is dry (and after extraction machine has been returned).
  • Repeated cleaning or multiple passes on any carpet may result in damage from over-wetting.

Drying Time

  • Ready to vacuum up in less than an hour.
  • No need for furniture protectors.
  • Walk on your carpet during and immediately after cleaning.
Steam Cleaning
  • Extraction method may introduce potentially damaging and unwanted humidity into home.
  • Carpets may take 8-36 hours to dry, depending on indoor and outdoor humidity levels.
  • Rooms virtually unusable until dry.
  • Furniture protectors may be required until carpet is dry.
  • May require fan to speed drying.

  • Shown to reduce allergens.
  • Never any damage from shrinkage, over-wetting, or mold or mildew.
  • Recommended for all types of carpeting including oriental rugs, wool, sisal, jute and other natural fibers.
Steam Cleaning
  • Must avoid over-wetting, which may cause mold and mildew, or shrinkage.
  • Hot-water extraction machines and cleaning products are not recommended for use on natural fiber oriental rugs (silk or wool), hand-loomed wool rugs, sisal or jute carpets. 1a 2a

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