What Carpet Cleaning Method Is The Best For You?

Comparing Carpet Cleaning Methods

Carpet Cleaning Methods

Carpet cleaning is not just done to remove dirt and stains; it also helps improve your carpet’s performance and increase its lifetimes.

It is important to wash your carpet every 12-18 months, but you can do maintenance cleans in between. There are different methods you can use to clean your carpet. Each has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. We review each method to help you decide which one suits your preference.

Steam Cleaning


Steam carpet cleaning uses HWE/ hot water extraction, which simply uses hot water under high pressure. The hot steam is usually pumped through your carpet. and the pressure removes all the debris, dirt and stains.

The carpet is then vacuumed and later scrubbed with a special grooming brush, rinsed and given some time to dry.


  •  Effective
    Unlike dry cleaning that does not get to the bottom of the carpet, steam cleaning gets all the dirt and can be used for deep cleaning.
  • Safe
    Regulated hot water. Thus, it does not damage your carpet’s fabric and fibers.


  • Special technical skills needed
    It needs experts who have experience with the type of cleaning and the machines used.

Dry Cleaning

The dry cleaning method uses very low or no moisture method to clean your carpet. Also referred to as surface cleaning, it is also not the best if you are doing for a deep clean, but is the best for maintenance cleans.

With an absorbent compound, dry carpet cleaning works by mixing special cleaning solvents and agents with a powder and spreading it all over the carpet.

A machine with counter-rotating brushes is then used to work that mixture into your carpet’s fabric and fiber. The mixture then absorbs all the soil in the carpet. Leave it for 10 minutes then vacuum.



  • Fast
    Dry cleaning takes about 10-20 minutes to complete, and you can use your carpet right after that.  Hence, makes it easier for you to have your carpet cleaned any day and at any time.
  •  No shrinkage or expansion
    Sometimes your carpet may shrink or expand when washed with water because of changes in moisture content and temperature. However, with dry cleaning, your carpet remains at room temperature, and there is no addition of moisture content.
  •  No technical training required.



  • May leave behind the powder
  •  It may leave behind some powder that may build up with time. It may also cause dust build-up in your home and stain the clothes and shoes of the people in the home.
  • Does not deep clean
    Dry cleaning may not get to the dirt and debris at the bottom of the carpet, and if they build up with time, they may ruin the quality of your carpet.

DIY Carpet Cleaning


Sometimes you may want to clean your carpet at home because especially if you have kids or pets. You can get carpet cleaning machines in nearby department stores or hardware, or you can rent them. Hence, this is one of the preferred carpet cleaning method

Ensure that your carpet is completely dry after cleaning. You may use fans to speed up the drying process.


  • You may injure yourself when using some of the machines.
  • You might damage your carpet by using the wrong cleaning techniques or too much detergent.


  • You have complete control over the cleaning process and the areas that need more cleaning.
  • Cheaper.
  • You can do it anytime and as many times as you find comfortable.


  • Tiring.
  • You may not get to all the areas of the carpet.
  • May take a long time to dry.


Are the chemicals used in carpet cleaning safe?
Ensure that you ask your carpet cleaner what chemicals they will be using, and if you notice they are using some harsh ones, ask if there is an alternative.

Some of the harsh chemicals include hydrofluoric acid, butane, sodium carbonate, sodium bisulphate and sodium hydroxide.

How to Extend the Life of Your Carpet?

  • Have a system to remove the soil brought into your house, with a lot of focus on the high traffic areas and entrances.
  • Perform interim cleaning and spot removal often.
  • Vacuum daily to remove debris.
  • Perform restorative cleaning occasionally and avoid using harsh chemicals.


The carpet is the first thing that many people notice when they come to your home. It is key to ensure it is always clean, whether you take it to a cleaner or clean it yourself.

Ensure to identify your carpet’s fabric before settling on the best cleaning method and chemicals to ensure it lasts longer and remains in perfect shape.


This content is published by Tim Summers from NO1 Carpet Cleaning Melbourne.. If you have any questions please contact us.