Steam Cleaning vs. Dry Cleaning

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Steam Cleaning vs. Dry Cleaning

There are several ways to clean a carpet, including steam cleaning and dry cleaning. Both solutions do a good job cleaning your carpet. However, these cleaning processes vary in approach, and each solution has its benefits and shortcomings. 

So, which is better: steam cleaning or dry cleaning? 

Here is an overview of how each process works. 


Dry Cleaning Explained 

Dry cleaning is the traditional approach to carpet cleaning. In fact, we have relied on dry cleaning for our past cleaning services here at Green Clean Care. However, we don’t normally practice dry cleaning today because of its various inefficiencies. When we do recommend dry cleaning it’s as a maintenance cleaning every few months in between deeper steam cleanings. 

The dry cleaning process starts with the application of pre-treatments. These pre-treatments make dirt and soil particles loosen up, making them easier to clean. Next, a dry compound is applied and brushed into the carpet to absorb the dirt and dust. This gives way to the encapsulation process. This process also involves applying a cleaning solution and vacuuming the carpet thoroughly before and after the cleaning process. 

Dry cleaning is fairly effective. However, we were concerned that it leaves some residue as rinsing (and water usage in general) is limited, and at the end of the day you are not getting the carpet fully clean if you are not thoroughly rinsing it. 

Steam Cleaning Explained 

Our steam cleaning process is thorough and gets rid of the toughest stains and tiniest dirt particles. Additionally, we use green and environmentally-friendly detergents, and the overall process doesn’t strain your delicate carpet. 

Here is a step-by-step overview of how our steam cleaning process works: 

Pre-Treatment 

Pre-treatment is the first step to steam cleaning. It involves two things: removing loose dirt and dust particles and cleaning stubborn stains. Removing loose dirt particles entails vacuuming the carpet thoroughly. We begin by breaking up dirt particles lodged deep inside your carpet. Additionally, we only use high-quality, high-powered vacuum cleaners with nozzle attachments and other accessories for the best results. 

Spot cleaning is also necessary to get rid of stubborn stains. Some of the types of stains that we remove include: 

  • Beverage stains (soda, coffee, and other beverages)
  • Dirt and grime 
  • Pet spots 
  • Paint splatters 
  • Rust spots

We use green and environmental-friendly – but also strong and effective – detergents to get rid of all types of stains. 

Cleaning & Agitation 

This is where all the magic happens. Our steam cleaning process is thorough to ensure that we leave the carpet looking and feeling good and fresh as new. 

The process essentially entails using green detergents (surfactants) and hot water to get rid of all types of stains and dirt particles. The process also involves thorough agitation, whereby we shape and scrub the carpet thoroughly to shake out all dirt particles. 

We offer two options/methods: truck-mounted steam cleaning and dual-process steam cleaning. The second option is more thorough, as it includes soft-scrubbing the carpet using a special shampoo. With both of these options however, the (rotary agitation) combined with the extraction is essentially the dry cleaning method combined with the wet cleaning method. Thus giving the best of both worlds.

Rinsing & Extraction 

The last step of the cleaning process entails extracting the soapy, dirty water and rinsing the carpet. We use high-powered cleaners to ensure that we extract every drop of dirty water. Additionally, we use an industrial-grade textile rinse solution that leaves your carpet with a neutral pH, making it safe for pets and people with allergies. Steam cleaning is fairly quick, and the carpet dries within 24 hours. 


At Green Clean, most of the time we recommend steam cleaning services for your carpet cleaning needs. Our services are quick, effective, and environmentally friendly. Get in touch via 763-789-9600 or visit our site to learn more about our services.