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Chem-Dry VS Steam Cleaning

Feb 10, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

a chem-dry technician working on a floor

Carpet cleaning service comparison in Calgary, ABWhat Makes Chinook Chem-Dry Different From Other Calgary Carpet Cleaners?

Chinook Chem-Dry is far superior to traditional steam carpet cleaners in the area. We understand that many of you out there may not know that not every carpet cleaning service in Calgary uses steam cleaning methods so that statement may be confusing. Our goal here today is to show you what sets us apart, and how our Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) method is the healthier way to clean your home or business.We’ll breakdown the exact differences between both methods so you get the whole picture.

Cleaning Equipment

Equipment is a crucial distinction between us and steam cleaners. The equipment is what does the job after all, right? Let’s look at steam cleaning equipment first.

Steam Cleaners: Machines are built to pump high volumes of soapy water into your carpets at extremely high pressures. These machines can be extremely rough on carpets and can even push dirt deeper down into the fibers causing more harm than good. Plus, they’ll leave your carpets soaking wet.

Chinook Chem-Dry: Our machines are much more gentle and don’t pump excessive water into your carpet. In fact, our HCE process uses significantly less water–80% less, in fact–while also cleaning more effectively. It uses low pressure, so it’s easier on your carpet, emphasizes extraction, which is pulling the moisture and soil out of your carpet, and is even CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) approved at the platinum level. 

With that understanding of equipment, let’s move onto the differences in the products we use.

Cleaning Products & Solutions

You need to know what companies are bringing and literally spreading in your home. Cleaning solutions and products are no exception. They will have a massive impact on your health, how clean your carpets get, and how long they stay clean. 

Steam Cleaners: Harsh detergents are used that leave a soapy residue. That residue will become sticky, attract dirt, and leave your carpet looking dingy again shortly after cleaning. The harsh chemicals can cause additional wear on your carpets. Plus, cleaning chemicals can be harmful to pets and children. 

Chinook Chem-Dry: Our proprietary cleaner, The Natural®, is made from natural ingredients and doesn’t include any harsh soaps or detergents, so there is no dirt-attracting residue left behind. This means your carpets will stay cleaner for longer. The Natural is made up of ingredients found in nature, making it 100% non-toxic and safe for kids and pets. 

Alright so now let’s put products and equipment together in comparing our overall process.

The Process

Typical steam cleaners: push a large amount of water into your carpet, which means the carpets can take days to dry. Excessive water can soak through to the carpet backing, which promotes the growth of mold and mildew. It also attempts to remove dirt through the use of soaps and chemicals, which as we’ve seen often leaves behind more dirt in the carpet and backing. 

Chinook Chem-Dry: The HCE process uses one-fifth of the water of traditional steam cleaning, which allows your carpet to dry in a couple of hours. That’s way better than a couple of days. Meanwhile, the carbonation from our process penetrates to the base of the carpets and gently agitates and releases the dirt particles from the carpet fibers. Heat accelerates the carbonation reaction, allowing our specialized equipment to extract both the dirt and the water from your carpets and allowing you to resume regular activities in your home as quickly as possible.

Get a Carbonated Carpet Cleaning in Calgary, AB

It’s now easy to see why so many people are turning to the skilled team at Chinook Chem-Dry and HCE for their carpet cleaning needs in the Calgary area. We are a Calgary carpet cleaner with the equipment, products, and method to get the job done right! Do the healthy thing for your carpets by getting them cleaned with HCE today!