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A Former Chem Dry Owner Tells The Truth About False Practices Through The Chem Dry Franchise!

Steam vs. Dry Cleaning

Many people believe that dry-cleaning your carpet is like dry cleaning your clothing.
This is not true. All carpet cleaning methods use water in one form or another.


Hot water extraction is commonly referred to as “steam cleaning”, even though steam is not used. Pressurized, hot water combined with a Non Toxic formula Chemical that  breaks up the soil which is then drawn out by suction. Hot water extraction may be of  2 types: Truck mounted or Portable.  Steam Cleaning Is The Best way to Go.

Truck mounts have stronger suction and pressure than portable units. This suction helps your carpet to dry more quickly. The truck mounted system that Pro Carpet Cleaners use, is a system which carries pretreated and heated softened water to your residence. We do not use your water. This allows us to accurately regulate the temperature which is important in cleaning, as well as maintaining the stain blocking properties of your carpet. We may however, use your water to make up a heavy stain compound if needed.  The dirty water is suck from your carpet into our truck away from your home—never emptying in your home or on your property.

Portable Extractors:

Industrial portables are great for the carpet cleaning industry.  They do however need to be 100 to 500 P.S.I. in order to meet  the professional carpet cleaning specifications.  They are used in high rise apartments, condo's, hospitals as well as homes etc.  Some also have their own heating  units.  If  a carpet cleaning company bring a portable to your home, ask if it's a 100, 300 or 500 P. S. I.  If not,  then it's not the proper equipment as well as pressure to do the job.

There are some instances whereby we may have to bring a portable into your home.  Only because your home may be in a situation which makes it very difficult for us to reach you.  Therefore we may need to bring in a high quality portabe that performs the same kind of performance as a truck mounted system..  These portables are used in highrise apartments where trucks can't go.  So, protables are used in homes, It's just a matter of  having  a portable that has the proper P.S I. to do the job.

  Here are the 4 methods of “Dry Cleaning” Carpets:

  1.  The dry foam method, he applies shampoo to your carpet, allows it to dry, and    then sucks the dried shampoo into a    vacuum. This method can leave a residue in your carpet, which is one reason dry foam is not very effective.

  2.  The dry-chem method is similar to dry foam. The major difference is that when dry-chem is used, the company sets a large bonnet pad on your carpet. Using a machine, the bonnet spins from side to side as a floor scrubber does, absorbing the dirt in the carpet. After the bonnet is saturated with dirt, another bonnet is applied. Bonnet cleaning may leave swirl marks on some carpet and is not as effective as hot water extraction in removing deep down soil and pollutants.
  3.  The dry-compound method spreads an absorbent mixture that looks like wet sawdust all over your carpeting. Then the machine brushes the mixture into the carpet, which in theory causes dirt to absorb into the mixture. When the mixture has dried, a vacuum cleaner sucks the material out of the carpeting. Because the carpet is not rinsed in any way, this method is not very effective.

  4.  The oscillating pad system uses a balanced ph pre-spray that when misted on the carpet reacts with the dirt and pollen, allowing it to be loosened and removed by means of a cotton pad. This method differs from the bonnet method in that the pad is cotton rather than nylon, which may be abrasive and the pad is not rotated on the carpet as in the bonnet method, but is “jiggled” about, absorbing excess moisture and soil. The carpet will dry in approximately one hour, leaving no dirt-attracting residue.

Steam Cleaning Method:


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