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#1 of 4 Old 08-26-2008, 01:49 AM - Thread Starter
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I read somewhere that dry carpet cleaning is better than steam cleaning. Steam cleaning encourages molds to grow as it takes long to dry.
Is it true?
Also, if I want to go with steam cleaning, is it better to buy my own or hire someone? Thanks!
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Around here, you can rent steamers at grocery stores or home building supply centers. I would think steam cleaning once in a awhile would be great, making sure the carpet can thoroughly dry. People that do it weekly run into mold problems, especially in a humid climate. Set up box fans afterward to help with drying.

(I have never steam cleaned a carpet. We don't have carpets. I don't know what possessed me to respond as if I have personal experience. )

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Yes, actually it is bad for your carpet. It shrinks it or the padding, I don't remember which. If you have new carpet, your warranty will typically stipulate how often and what kind of cleaning it should have.

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Yes, steam cleaning is bad for your carpets. It leaves your carpet too moist. Mold only requires 8 hours of moisture to start growing. In addition the heat of professional steam cleaners can melt the backing glue of your carpet causing the ripples. They use surfactants which attract dirt(which is great if you get it all out) but it's hard to get all that chemical out, so you're left with dirt attracters in your carpet. I worked cleaning/repairing carpets for 5 years. Plus they can drag the dirty water behind them. I remember a lady who wanted us to clean the carpet in her dining room because her cat peed in it. She rented a cleaner from the store to clean it but it didn't fix it. We got our black light to see how much there was and we could clearly see the flourecing steaks of the urine under the black light where she ran the cleaner. Also, steam cleaning shoots the steam and sucks down to the pad and sucks all that dirt up, filtering it through the carpet. You don't need to clean your carpet pad and you don't want that dirt being filtered through your carpet
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