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Types of Carpet Cleaning

Even with the best intentions to keep your carpet clean and grime-free, pets bring in dirty paws, family members wear shoes in the house, and there will always be a spill or two. So when it comes time to schedule a professional carpet cleaning service, who are you going to trust? And what method of carpet cleaning is the best for your home? There are several common methods, but is one better than another? Learn everything you need to know from the professional carpet cleaners at Steam Master Cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning Services San AntonioWet Cleaning

This method of carpet cleaning is also known as hot water extraction or steam cleaning. Your carpet will first be conditioned with a chemical solution that breaks up soils and oil-based dirt that’s stuck in the carpet. Then, water that is heated to nearly boiling and is sprayed onto the carpet. After the solution is given the right amount of time to work properly, the water is extracted from the carpet.

  • Pros: The steam or wet cleaning method is one of the most popular and is the type that’s recommended most by carpet cleaning services all over San Antonio. A significant benefit of this method is that the process utilizes chemicals that reach deep into the fibers of the carpet to pull up dirt that would otherwise be missed. With really hot water and an agitation tool, you can get a carpet that is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
  • Cons: A concern for many homeowners looking into steam cleaning is the time needed to properly dry the carpet. However, with professional equipment and techniques, this step can be done fairly quickly. There is also a higher cost associated with this method, but when you have nearly like-new carpet in the end, the cost may be worth it.

Dry Foam or Rotary Shampoo

With dry foam carpet cleaning, an agent is used to pull out dirt and debris from the carpet. This agent is then whipped into a foam and is worked through the carpet fibers using a rotating brush. The foam is given time to fully clean the carpet and it is then extracted with a vacuum.

  • Pros: If you are in a hurry to clean your carpet, this method is fast and easy. The rotating brush on the equipment allows the carpet to be thoroughly cleaned and the small amount of moisture helps the carpet to dry quickly.
  • Cons: While the rotating brush does reach the surface of the carpet, the deep layers and fibers of the carpet are often missed. Without the high temperatures that come with wet or steam cleaning, your carpet could be missing a deep clean. Another thing to watch out for with this method is equipment failure that could cause your carpet to become unusually wet, lengthening the process.
Carpet Cleaning Services San Antonio

Everyone in San Antonio should have carpet that they love to spend time on — without worrying about the cleanliness of the carpet. If your carpet has been around for five years or more, it’s time to consider calling a professional carpet cleaning service. At Steam Master Cleaning, you can count on the experienced and knowledgeable staff to refresh your carpet. Call us today for an estimate.


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This was the first time I’ve had my carpets professionally cleaned. Fred Martinez did an excellent job. He was very professional, courteous and efficient. I would recommend this company and Fred Martinez to everyone.
Fast and friendly customer service! I’ve used this company many times over the years (we have pets) and they do such an excellent job cleaning the carpet. They are very reliable and were able to accomadate our tight schedule!
Athena H.
Fred was super pleasant and professional. He thoroughly explained the cleaning process and answered all questions. I’m very happy with the finished product and will definitely be a return customer. Thanks Fred-my carpet looks brand new again..
Renee C.